Following their surprise 1-0 defeat at Portman Road in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi final match with Ipswich Town, Arsenal are 4/7 to win this seasons competition.
The second leg of this tie will be played this evening, with Arsenal 1/7 favourites to win the match in 90 minutes. No value their. With an FA Cup tie at home to Huddersfield Town this weekend, Arsene Wenger could give a few more regular starters a place in this evening’s lineup to ensure his side go through.
In the first leg at Portman Road, Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Andrey Arshavin all started in a game the Premier League side failed to score against the then-managerless Tractor Boys.
In my opinion, Ipswich Town made a bad choice in replacing Roy Keane with Paul Jewell, despite their 3-2 home victory over Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. In his last managerial job at Derby County, Jewell appeared not to know who is strongest 11 was, sapped any motivation out of the players and failed to register many victories during his year-long stay with the Midlands club. Sitting 19th and 5 points above the drop zone, Ipswich Town are 7/1 to be relegated this season. Even with Paul Jewell in charge, I think the likes of Preston North End, Scunthorpe and Crystal Palace may all be too weak to overtake the side and therefore prevent them from being relegated this season.
Arsenal should have no problems beating the bottom half Championship side at the Emirates. Odds of 1/2 for Arsenal to win by 2 or more may appeal to some.
In the other Carling Cup semi final, West Ham take a 2-1 lead with them to St Andrews when they face Birmingham City on Wednesday. Carlton Cole’s fortunate goal won the game for 10-man West Ham at Upton Park. The Hammers go into this match without the suspended Frederic Piquionne after he celebrated his late goal versus Everton at the weekend.
Whomever qualifies between those sides, Arsenal will be heavy favourites to win the Carling Cup on the day, making these current odds of 4/7 to lift the trophy respectable.