Arsenal 3/1 to beat Middlesbrough or money back
Arsenal waited about 10 years to win a major trophy before winning the FA Cup last season and now hope to hang onto it as long as they can. The Gunners’ next match is a fifth-round encounter with Championship League side Middlesbrough this Sunday, Feb. 15th. Middlesbrough has a good chance at being promoted back into the English Premier League at the end of the season and could also claim an FA Cup crown if the stars all align properly for them. However, they must first beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Sportsbook Betfair is offering a deal for new customers on this match as it’s giving enhanced odds of 3/1 for an Arsenal victory. Also, if the bet doesn’t win then you’ll get your money back. Arsenal is relatively fit at the moment, compared to their usually injury-ridden squads. Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez could be questionable though and the same goes for Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey. They’re in for a tough battle though as Middlesbrough knocked reigning Premier League champions Man City out of the FA Cup in the last round with a 2-0 away win.
To claim the enhanced odds, just register with Betfair and make a pre-game real-money wager on Arsenal in the Match Result market. You’ll also need to enter the promotion code ZEP643 and the maximum wager for the enhanced odds is 10 pounds/euros. If Arsenal wins the game, you’ll be paid the original odds as well as the enhanced-odds winnings as a separate free-bet token. If the Gunners don’t win the contest then your wager will be refunded.
England international midfielder Jack Wilshere might be back for Arsenal, but it looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arterta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy will all miss the match. Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will likely be without centre-back Daniel Ayala, midfielder Adam Forshaw and defender Tomas Kalas. On the bright side, full-back George Friend may return to action.
Arsenal has 11 FA Cup titles to their name, which ranks them in a first-place tie with Manchester United. Middlesbrough has won only two of their past 12 FA Cup games against top-tier teams with seven losses and three draws. This will be the eighth time these two sides have met in the FA Cup. The Gunners won five, with Middlesbrough winning two and the other one being a draw. Arsenal has been beaten just once in their past 40 FA Cup contests at home with 30 wins and nine draws.