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Friday, December 30, 2011

Arsenal set to crush Leeds

This Emirates clash is a repeat of last season's third round tie in which Leeds very nearly caused one of the shocks of the round as they came away from the Emirates with a very creditable 1-1 draw.

It could have been so much better for the Yorkshire side, though, as the Gunners had to rely on a controversial last-minute penalty from Cesc Fabregas to salvage the draw and set up a replay at Elland Road. Those looking at the FA Cup betting odds will know how tight the game was.

As was predicted at the time, that was Leeds' best chance at beating Arsenal gone as Arsene Wenger's side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in the replay but they get an unexpected chance to cause an upset again next month.

At the time of last year's game, Arsenal were arguably in a better shape than they are now as they were well in contention at the top of the Premier League and playing some fantastic football to boot. This year, Wenger's side have recovered after a poor start but are off the pace in the title race with a top-four finish looking like the best they can hope for this term. Fans of Betfair football should remember this.

However, they should still have far too much in this one for an inconsistent Leeds side, who remain very much in the play-off hunt but look unlikely to challenge for automatic promotion.

With the match from 12 months ago fresh in the memory, Leeds will have belief that they can cause an upset and approach the tie with nothing to fear but a repeat of the 1-1 score from a year ago is hard to envisage with a comfortable home win expected.

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