The final game of this weekend’s FA cup action sees National League side Sutton United take on Arsenal in the biggest David vs. Goliath battle of this year’s tournament
Despite sitting 17th in the National league, Sutton have impressed in the FA Cup, beating their toughest opponents Leeds 1-0 in the last round. This has seen them secure themselves a place in the 5th round of the FA cup for the first time in the club’s history.
Sutton will be without Ben Jefford, Jack Jebb and Craig Dundas who are all cup tied. However they welcome back Craig Eastmond, a former Arsenal player, who will be available after serving a three match ban.
Sutton will be hoping to capitalise on Arsenal’s poor mid-week performance against Bayern Munich and maybe sneak a shock upset win.
Arsenal unlike Sutton are still in some what of a title challenge as they currently sit 4th place in the Premier League, although The Gunners will certainly want to do well in this competition; winning it twice in the past three years. After being knocked out of the League Cup and most certainly, baring a miracle, being knocked out of the Champions League, Arsenal will use this competition to look to bring at least one trophy home this season.
Arsenal will be without one player in Laurent Koscielny, who was forced of against Bayern Munich mid-week with a hamstring injury.
As far as key stats go there is not much to go on as this will be the first time the sides have ever played each other in a competitive game. The only other meeting between the two sides came in 2013 when an Arsenal youth team, in which Alex Iwobi featured, beat Sutton 4-3 in a pre-season friendly.
Despite never playing Arsenal before Sutton have played three Premier league sides before in the FA Cup, however the stats do not look good for the home side. Although they beat Coventry 2-1 in 1989, they then went on to lose 8-0 in the next round against Premier league side Norwich. Their only other Premier league team encounter came in 1970 when they lost 6-0 to Leeds, something Sutton will want to forget heading in to Monday’s game.
Predicting a winner from this game does not, in all honesty, seem too hard as all the stats point to an easy victory for Arsenal due to Sutton struggling for form in their own league, missing three players for the tie and also not having beaten a Premier league side since 1989. On the other hand, this is the FA Cup and anything can happen, look at Lincoln downing Premier League opposition in Burnley on Saturday.
If you are looking to bet on the game, an Arsenal -2 goal handicap bet seems like a good punt.