Arsenal to pass Chelsea test and reach Carabao Cup final?
It was another big weekend of profit for the column, thanks largely to Sergio Aguero's heroics against Newcastle United. There's plenty of action for punters to get stuck into in midweek too, as Arsenal face Chelsea for a place in the Carabao Cup final.
Running total: -£52.37
The Home Banker
Despite home advantage Arsenal are 2/1 outsiders to beat Chelsea on Wednesday and secure another Wembley outing for their followers. The first leg was a cagey affair but Arsene Wenger will have been delighted to to secure a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge and said afterwards: "It was a good draw and we have to finish the job." The Gunners were excellent at the weekend -- particularly in a dazzling first half -- in beating Crystal Palace 4-1 and a similar performance could get them over the line here. Their recent record against Chelsea is pretty good and given the fact that Antonio Conte's side have been inconsistent in recent weeks, we are not sure whether the Blues should be favourites in north London.
The Tasty Treble
Sevilla may be toiling in La Liga but it's been a different story for them in the Copa del Rey and they look worth a punt at 15/8 to win their quarterfinal second leg against Atletico Madrid. The Andalusians became the first side to win a game at Atleti's new stadium as they defied the odds to win the first leg 2-1 last week and they can repeat the trick against an Atletico side who looked unconvincing as they drew 1-1 with Girona at the weekend.
In Serie A, Lazio look good at 4/9 to account for Udinese on home soil, while on Wednesday Glasgow look a bet at 17/20 to beat Aberdeen. It's a massive game at Ibrox with Graeme Murty's side just three points behind the Dons in the SPL. The treble looks decent and is paying better than 13/2 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Real Madrid had to scrap to claim a 1-0 advantage in their Copa del Rey tie against Leganes, with a late goal from Marco Asensio the difference between the teams. The out-of-form European champions should finish the job at the Bernabeu but the smart play here is surely to back both teams to score at 21/20 as it is likely that Zinedine Zidane will again ring the chances for the hosts.
The Wildcard Tip
Bristol City were excellent despite losing 2-1 to Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal and it took a last minute Aguero goal to sink them at the Etihad. The Championship side could go close again this week against Pep Guardiola's side and the draw looks a big runner at 11/2 at Ashton Gate.
The Bookie Basher
The last four meetings between Arsenal and Chelsea have ended in draws, but 10/1 looks a big price about a 2-1 correct score to the hosts on Wednesday. If Mesut Ozil can take this game by the scruff of the neck Arsenal have every chance and given the quality on display it's difficult to imagine another stalemate at the Emirates.
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