Arsenal vs Sunderland Betting Tip and Predictions. In the 1/32-finals of the FA Cup Arsenal host Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. Read below betting preview, useful info and predictions for this game.
Arsenal play very good this season in all competitions. In Premier League they are standing at the top of the table and they are one of the main candidates to win the title. For Arsène Wenger is more important game against Liverpool at Anfield few days later in Premier League, but they want to go step by step and first beat Sunderland. By the way, Wenger won FA Cup 6 times and no manager has won the FA Cup more times that he did. Arsenal have qualified in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League where they will face FC Barcelona, so they are in the race to win three trophies this season. “We play against a Premier League team and we have learnt in the last 20 games that any Premier League team is a massive problem to face. The only way to deal with it is to give absolutely everything.” – said Wenger for the official Arsenal website.
Sunderland play very poor this season and if they don’t change something in their performance they will relegate from Premier League. They are standing at the bottom of the table and their main goal is to stay in the best football league in England. In the previous round they beat Aston Villa 3-1 and for few days they will play against against another candidate for the relegation – Swansea and for them that match is more important than this one. It doesn’t mean that they will come in this game with the white flag, but it will be hard for them to make something in this game. “If we can stay in the FA Cup that would be great but I have to consider the fact we play Swansea away midweek and then play Tottenham away after that, so we’re probably facing the hardest week of the season.” – said their manager Sam Allardyce for the official Sunderland website.
Arsenal vs Sunderland injuries and suspensions
For both teams are more important Premier League, so they will both make some changes in team. Arsenal miss their second top scorer Alexis Sánchez (14/6 f), Santi Cazorla (14/0 m), Francis Coquelin (12/0 m), Tomas Rosicky (0/0 m), Jack Wilshere (0/0 m) and Danny Welbeck (0/0 m). On the other side, Sunderland will be without Younes Kaboul (13/0 d), Jack Rodwell (11/0 m), Adam Matthews (1/0 d) and Sebastian Larsson (11/0 m). New signing, Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is also out for this game.
Arsenal vs Sunderland possible lineups
Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs; Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Campbell; Walcott.
Sunderland: Pantilimon; Yedlin, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, M’Vila, Watmore, Toivonen, Borini; Graham.
Arsenal vs Sunderland Prediction
Arsenal are favorites to qualify in the next round of FA Cup, but the odd for home win is too low. Both teams will play with some changes in teams, so I believe that we will watch an open game between Arsenal vs Sunderland in which both teams will hit the net.