ARSENAL couldn’t be in better nick ahead of tonight’s FA Cup semi-final against Championship side Reading.
The Gunners have won eight in a row to rise to second in the table and with a Champions League spot virtually guaranteed they can concentrate on retaining their trophy.
Arsene Wenger has almost a full squad available and it’s no surprise to see them sitting at a best 2-7 at Betfred to win in 90 minutes.
Reading, who haven’t won since beating Bradford in a quarter-final replay, are 14-1 at boylesports and the draw pays 5-1 with bet365.
The Royals have tightened up under Steve Clarke and won’t be relegated but they’re a pretty poor side who could be routed if the Gunners score early. Arsenal to win by two or more pays 8-11 at bet365.
Olivier Giroud isn’t starting so I’ll go with Danny Welbeck who starts up front to score first at 5-1 with 888sport and others. Aaron Ramsay is another option at 7-1 with 888sport.
The last three meetings between the two sides have totalled 24 goals which is why over 2.5 goals pays just 8-15 at Coral.
Welbeck to score first
(5-1, Betfred, 888sport, William Hill)