Sutton United vs Arsenal predictions for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Gander Green Lane. Arsenal aiming to avoid one of the greatest upsets of all time. Read on for live streaming info and our free predictions and betting tips.
Sutton United vs Arsenal betting tips
Sutton, conquerors of Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds in the previous round, aim to create one of the biggest stories in English football history when they take on Arsenal.
In the season after Leicester City captured the Premier League title at odds of 5,000/1, can the National League minnows defy their 18/1 quote and slay the North London giants?
With the Gunners having been drubbed 5-1 by Bayern Munich in their last match confidence could be fragile and if the Arsenal players are in any way a soft touch, they may not fancy the experience of turning out under the lights at Gander Green Lane with its 3G artificial turf pitch.
A fixture sign at Sutton United's ground advertising the FA Cup tie against Arsenal (Getty Images)
It is very much one of those occasions when the gulf in quality between the teams will be wiped out to an extent by the enthusiasm of Sutton and the atmosphere generated by their fans, and it all comes down to how effectively Arsenal can play their usual free-flowing brand of football.
Manager Arsene Wenger simply cannot afford to take any chances and rest too many of his most important players because the FA Cup is now the only trophy his side can win this season following the debacle in Munich, the second leg of their Champions League tie now a formality.
We will be very surprised if Sutton can bag a replay, even though they were full value for their victory over Leeds. The likes of Craig Eastmond, Jeffrey Monakana and Roarie Deacon will relish facing their former club but while the margin of victory may be narrow, Arsenal are expected to edge through.
Sutton United vs Arsenal stats
- Sutton have played top-flight opposition in the FA Cup three times previously, famously beating Coventry in 1989 but losing 6-0 to Leeds and 8-0 to Norwich
- Along with Lincoln, who play Burnley, Sutton are the first non-League club to reach the FA Cup fifth round since Luton Town lost to Millwall in 2013
- A non-League team has never reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in the modern era
Arsenal to win and under 3.5 goals in the match @ 6/5 with BetStars