Arsene Wenger fielded a reserve team for the encounter in September 2012, although Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made short work of Coventry, while Theo Walcott also chipped in with a couple of goals.
Wenger will have more than one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Southampton where the Gunners will look to remain top of the Premier League table, although a second-string side should be too strong for their League One opponents and a best price 1/9 is available with Winner free bet that the home side book their place in the last sixteen of the competition.
The fact that the match is being televised on BT Sport and will be attended by roughly 25,000 fans means that City will benefit greatly from the tie financially, even if supporters are less than pleased at having to travel to the Emirates on a Friday night.
Nevertheless, with Coventry controversially playing their home matches at the Sixfields Stadium, thousands of supporters will flock to support their team and hope to witness a huge shock, with BetVictor offering odds of 30/1 that the visitors claim the spoils.
The Midlands side will draw inspiration from Sheffield United’s win at Aston Villa in the previous round of the competition, while the Sky Blues would be in the top six of League One if they hadn’t suffered a ten-point deduction at the start of the season.
Steven Pressley’s side are unbeaten in their last six matches after drawing at Preston last weekend and have actually won their past two encounters, with bet365 going 9/1 about the game ending all square at the Emirates and a replay taking place in Northampton.
The Arsenal team will include practically every member of the squad that warmed the bench for the recent 2-0 win against Fulham which means Oxlade-Chamberlain will make his first start since the first day of the season when he sustained a long-term injury against Aston Villa.
The winger is a 15/2 chance to score the first goal of the game as he hopes to play his way into Roy Hodgson’s thoughts for the World Cup, especially with team-mate Theo Walcott set to miss out after recently being sidelined.
Nicklas Bendtner should be fit enough to also start after recovering from an ankle injury and the Dane is a 10/3 chance to break the deadlock, while punters can get odds of 20/1 with William Hill that he scores a hat-trick which looks a tasty enough price.
After all, Arsenal should be full of goals in this game and a repeat 6-1 scoreline can be backed at 40/1 with bet365, with Coventry likely to go for broke in this match and they have players that can cause some damage including highly-rated striker Callum Wilson.
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