ARSENAL are short favourites to beat Aston Villa in today’s FA Cup Final but can they be trusted at the odds?
Arsene Wenger’s men should win but look at how they made heavy weather of dumping Hull last season when they needed extra time after trailing 2-0 early doors.
Most recent FA Cup Finals have been settled by one goal so a best price of 4-7 at Betfred on Arsenal to win in 90 minutes is of little value. To lift the trophy they are 3-10 at bet365 and Ladbrokes.
Both teams to score is a much bigger price at 1-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral and I’d rather be on that with Tim Sherwood’s men offering a threat up top.
Christian Benteke netted a in the semi-final win against Liverpool and is 10-3 at bet365 to score.
The one fear for Villa is their defence. They were woeful in losing 6-1 at Southampton recently and the Gunners will punish sloppy mistakes.
There could be a start for Theo Walcott after his hat-trick against West Brom last Sunday and his pace could hurry the likes of Ron Vlaar into mistakes.
If he plays consider Walcott at 15-2 with Paddy Power to score first while top scorer Alexis Sanchez is 11-2 with bet365.
Arsenal did the double over Villa in the league beating Paul Lambert’s side 3-0 away last September and 5-0 at the Emirates in February.
The Gunners have won seven of their last 10 encounters with the Birmingham club so that’s why they’re so short.
Villa have improved since Sherwood replaced Lambert but still finished just one point above the drop zone after ending the campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to relegated Burnley.
Arsenal finished in style by romping 4-0 up against WBA at half-time and if they repeat that form there should only one winner.
Both to score
(1-1, Ladbrokes, Coral)
Walcott to score first
(15-2, Paddy Power)
Benteke to score