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Arsenal v Middlesbrough: Not quite Three-O Walcott just yet

| 14.02.2015

Still on course to retain the FA Cup they won in agonising circumstances last season, Arsenal host Championship leaders Middlesbrough in a game they should emerge triumphant from though any Gooners expecting one-way traffic could be left disappointed.

Arsene Wenger’s team are 4/9 to pick up a ninth consecutive victory at the Emirates in all competitions but should be wary of a Boro outfit unbeaten in 10 and on a run of six straight victories going into this encounter.

Ladbrokes have the draw priced at 7/2 while a Middlesbrough victory is a similarly tempting price of 6/1 with the bookmaker and we’ve picked out three more bets that may tempt you into a punt.

Theo Walcott to score and Arsenal to win @ 2/1

Walcott has looked sharp in front of goal of late for Arsenal with the 25-year-old’s goal against Leicester in mid-week his third from his last four outings for the Gunners going into this tasty FA Cup clash.

The former Southampton youngster found the net against Brighton in the last round and his pace and finishing could prove too much for veteran defender Jonathan Woodgate to handle.

Over 3.5 total goals to be scored @ 13/8

Arsenal have proven particularly prolific of late at home, with 10 goals scored in their last three outings at the Emirates and with Middlesbrough scoring two or more in five of their last six games going into this encounter another high-scoring affair could leave you counting the cash.

Arsenal to score first and Middlesbrough to score last @ 15/4

The Gunners have come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders in recent times with early goals, scoring first in each of their previous eight outings at home.

However Wenger’s team have also shown susceptibility for shipping goals late on with Andrej Kramaric’s goal for Leicester making it three games from their last four in which Arsenal have scored first but conceded last.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.