Arsenal will be hoping to repeat their victory over Sunderland when they travel to the Stadium of Light for the second time in a week for their fifth round FA Cup clash this weekend, and they are 2.6 shots with Boylesports to do just that.
The Gunners need to bounce back from a very poor midweek display which saw them get a 4-0 mauling at the hands of AC Milan in the Champions League, and this is a really tough game in which to do so.
However Arsene Wenger is sure to have read the riot act to his players after the AC Milan game, and if they can rep-group and put in a similar performance that they did 7 days ago when winning here 2-1 there is every chance that they can knock-out the Black Cats.
The stats reveal that there is nothing to choose between the two sides as far as there meetings in this competition is concerned.
Arsenal’s first FA Cup tie under Wenger was against Sunderland, with the Gunners wining 2-0 at Roker Park in a 3rd Round replay in 1997.
Overall the two clubs have been drawn together six times, with each side progressing on three occasions.
Sunderland have won just to of their last six FA Cup home matches, while Arsenal have won only two of their last seven on the road in this comp.
So it will probably all come down to which team is up for it most on the day, and if Wenger can work his magic then Arsenal certainly have players capable of putting in a winning performance.
A lot will obviously rest once again on the shoulders of Robin van Persie, who has been central to their success this season.
He has been scoring virtually every time he takes to the pitch in the past year, and has netted seven times s in his last nine FA Cup appearances.
That makes the Dutchman once again look decent value at 4.75 with bet365 to net the opener, but i would also suggest a small saver on Gervinho at 8.5 with the same firm.
In the hope that history does repeat itself, I am going to go for Arsenal to win 2-1 and that is a 9.5 chance with bet365, Boylesports andPaddy Power.