City Ground

07/01/2018 | 4:00 pm




City Ground

07/01/2018 | 4:00 pm

In a sentence: Mid-table Championship side Nottingham Forest will host Premier League top-four hopefuls Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Last time: Arsenal recorded a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest when they travelled to the City Ground in the League Cup last season.

This time: Nottingham Forest are 6/1 to win with Arsenal at 8/15 and the draw available at 73/20.

You might remember: Nottingham Forest recorded their first Premier League victory against Arsenal in December 1996. Alfe-Inge Haaland scored a brace for the Reds as they ran out 2-1 winners over the Gunners on home soil.

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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal became FA Cup winners for the 13th time when they beat Chelsea in last season’s final. No team has won this competition on more occasions than the Gunners, and their journey this season will start away to Championship side Nottingham Forest this weekend. It is 15 months since the two teams last locked horns, with Arsenal winning 4-0 in the early stages of the League Cup.

Nottingham Forest are 6/1 to win as they look to claim a big scalp early in the competition. The Reds have only beaten Arsenal once since 1991, although that 2-1 victory did come on home soil. The Championship side will enter the match off the back of a goalless draw at Leeds United on New Year’s Day, but they are currently on a five-game winless run in England’s second tier.

Arsenal are 8/15 to win as they look to book their spot in the fourth round of the competition. The Gunners are the favourites for a reason, but they have only actually won one of their last four away fixtures in the Premier League, and were held at West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Arsenal’s second team has impressed in the EFL Cup this season, however, making the semi-finals, where they will meet Chelsea.

The draw is 73/20, and it might well be a tight affair at the City Ground this weekend. Both managers will make changes following their league exertions, and anything can happen in the FA Cup. The last draw between these two teams occurred in August 1995, and they also played out a 2-2 at the City Ground in December 1994. There is value to be had in this particular market.

Zach Clough is 12/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Nottingham Forest forward is available at 40/1 to score two or more goals against the Gunners. The 22-year-old is expected to be given the chance to start through the middle, and might relish the chance to play against an under-strength Arsenal defence.

Theo Walcott is 5/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while he can be backed at 13/2 to net two or more times for Arsenal. The attacker cannot buy a minute of Premier League football at the moment, but has netted four times in the Europa League and EFL Cup during the 2017-18 campaign.

Match Summary


Look out for:

Arsenal to win both halves is available at a healthy 27/10, while Nottingham Forest can be backed at 25/1 in the same situation. The first is the value bet, while the second is a long shot but certainly worth a punt.



We fancy:

Both teams to score is available at 4/5. Nottingham Forest will fancy their chances of finding the back of the net at least once, while Arsenal will have a lot of attacking talent in the final third of the field. The odds are good value.


It’s a long shot, but:

Arsenal to win 4-0 is available at 21/1. The Gunners recorded a 4-0 victory when they travelled to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup last season, and certainly have the capabilities of matching that result in the FA Cup this weekend.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.