AFTER seven years without a trophy Arsene Wenger is suddenly eyeing one that never bothered him too much in the past.
Arsenal tackle Bradford in the last eight of the League Cup and the French boss is playing a stronger side than usual in a bid to move closer to ending the club's silverware drought.
To be honest most sides the Gunners put out should be too good for the League Two men but Wenger is taking no chances by naming a strong squad although he is without Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
He will play a mix of youth and experience and the player to score first could be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at 9-1 with Betfred if Lukas Podolski doesn't start. Bradford deserve respect having knocked out Premier League Wigan in the previous round and they're going well in the league but the Gunners are second favourites behind Chelsea and Wenger must grab this opportunity.
The tournament has attracted more fans this season because of high-scoring games such as Reading 5, Arsenal 7 and Chelsea 5, Man Utd 4.
It probably won't be high scoring at Carrow Road but it will be high on emotion as Paul Lambert returns to Norwich for the first time since leaving for Aston Villa in the summer.
The Scot is bound to get a warm welcome from the fans and an even warmer welcome from players who have recovered from a shaky start under his successor Chris Hughton to go on an eight-game unbeaten run.
Their 4-3 victory at Swansea at the weekend was impressive and I fancy Norwich at 23-20 at Coral and William Hill to put one over their former gaffer if they put out a strong side.
There are four games in the FA Cup and best bets could be Southend who are 5-4 with William Hill at home to League One Bury. Southend are unbeaten in 10 but without on-loan Tamika Mkandawire and Britt Assombalonga.
There is one game in the Premier League between two teams struggling for goals and points. Sunderland tackle Reading and again will be without leading scorer Steven Fletcher.
That's bad news for Martin O'Neill and his side may have to settle for a point against fellow relegation candidates. The draw pays 5-2 at BetVictor.
In Scotland, Inverness and Ross County host the Highland derby with the first two meetings producing 10 goals.
It was 3-3 in Dingwall when they met in the Scottish Cup a couple of weeks ago and Stan James pay a biggest 8-11 for both teams to score while over 3.5 goals is also sure to be explored at 11-5 with sportingbet.
However, the best punt of the lot could be simply to take Inverness to win. Terry Butcher’s, riding high in second place in the SPL, booked this replay courtesy of a last-gasp goal at Dingwall and are 1-1 with the likes of William Hill while County are 14-5 at BetVictor.
Hotshot Billy McKay is 5-1 (various) to break the deadlock as he did at Victoria Park with a stunning volley.
The the other all-SPL replay sees Motherwell entertain Aberdeen and it’s difficult to see past Stuart McCall’s men. Well finally notched a home win at the weekend and are 6-4 at Stan James to see off a side who couldn’t score at Hearts. Consider Michael Higdon at 11-2 with McBookie.com to score first.
All games in the SFL are off except Alloa v QoS on the plastic – and it's not surprising because it's been baltic up here all day.