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Arsenal v Lincoln: Imps can’t pull off mega Cup upset, can they?

| 10.03.2017

For the first time in over 100 years, a Non-League club is in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup. But can Lincoln City continue their remarkable run? Or will Arsenal shatter their dreams?

At 22/1 to win in 90 minutes, our odds suggest the National League side are unlikely to go any further. But then, look what happened on Wednesday night between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain…

Maybe it could happen.

Certainly our customers think – or hope – it happens. Over 90 per cent of all bets placed on Win-Draw-Win for this fixture have gone on a Lincoln victory, and we face an almighty payout if it comes in.

Arsenal are 1/12 as we wait to find out what the next chapter of the Gunners’ crisis is this weekend.

Will Alexis Sanchez start? Will Arsene Wenger play a full team?

Hammered once more by Bayern Munich in midweek, we make it 50/1 that Lincoln win and Wenger isn’t Arsenal manager on Monday.

But more likely is the Premier League outfit avenging their miserable 5-1 loss on Tuesday this weekend.

Backing them at on the handicap at -2 represents value at 4/7, while -3 is 6/5. Similarly, Arsenal/Arsenal on the Half-Time/Full-Time will be popular at 8/13.

And this weekend’s clash looks a prime encounter for Lucas Perez to get the nod up front.

The Spaniard really hasn’t been handed a fair crack at the whip since joining last summer, but he started against Sutton United in the previous round.

Perez is 3/1 to net first and 1/2 anytime.

Alex Iwobi also started that fixture at Gander Green Lane, and looks well priced at 11/2 first goalscorer and 11/10 anytime.

If someone is to be a hero for Lincoln though, Nathan Arnold could be the man, having conquered Ipswich with a last-minute winner. Odds of 14/1 says the forward breaks the deadlock at a stunned Emirates stadium, while Matt Rhead should be worth considering at 9/2 anytime.

Everything tells you that Lincoln can’t do this. But they said that about Barcelona, they said it about Leicester, surely not?

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



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.