In-form Wednesday may be value against Arsenal in our handicap lists
Despite the final score, Sheffield Wednesday were full value for Friday’s derby win at Rotherham which extended their unbeaten run to eight matches. The club’s owners have Premier League ambitions so this week’s Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal should be a litmus test of where Wednesday stand at present.
Carlos Carvalhal will no doubt be relishing the chance to pit himself against the Premier League’s longest-serving overseas manager. Arsene Wenger doesn’t always take this competition seriously as it falls down the pecking order behind the Champions League and Premier League as far as the Gunners are concerned – it’s more than 20 years since Arsenal last won the League Cup, ironically against Wednesday in the final, though they were beaten finalists in 2011. Wednesday’s only win came when beating Manchester United at Wembley in 1991.
So both managers will probably make changes but that won’t matter a jot to Wednesday fans if their side comes out on top. We have the Owls at 31/5 in our Full Time Result betting with Arsenal at 2/5. The draw in 90 minutes is 19/5.
Arsenal could leave out the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott at Hillsborough but England internationals Callum Chambers, Kieren Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all likely to feature. Germany’s Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil should also figure while Joel Campbell will probably get the chance to cover for the injured Aaron Ramsey.
Wednesday may be big outsiders for this tie but Arsenal have been known to underestimate apparently inferior teams on occasions and could have the inexperienced Matt Macey in goal if Wenger decides not to risk his only fit senior goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Considering they are in great form, the 4/6 about Wednesday in our Alternative Handicap betting getting two goals start could be great value. Joao is 16/5 in our Anytime Goalscorer market.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 27th at Hillsborough
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