Nottingham Forest v Arsenal - Tuesday 19:45
The next round of brickbats are never too far away for Arsene Wenger, so don’t let a resounding 4-1 win at Hull on Saturday put you off opposing Arsenal. The Frenchman can usually be relied upon to send out a team that’s capable of being chinned in the early rounds of this competition, whether the shortcoming is a lack of leadership or simple complacency.
If you’re a lower-division outfit looking for an instant pick-me-up, then a game against the Gunners represents an ideal shot to nothing and we should expect the hosts to be suitably fired-up in front of a raucous 30,000-capacity crowd. Take the 11/2 available on Nottingham Forest to win - and then explore the correct score market for an even bigger payday.
Philippe Montanier’s men were beaten by Norwich on the weekend but only after they had netted their 12th goal in four home matches. The City Ground has been the setting for bucketloads of goalmouth entertainment this term with nine going in at the other end, so the 9/1 on Forest to win and both teams to score might also appeal to some.
But we can do better than that. Arsenal conceded three times when going out at Sheffield Wednesday last October, so splitting a point between the Forest 3-1 and Forest 3-2 correct scores at 50/1 and 40/1 respectively best reflects the chain of thought. If the Reds are going to prevail, it’ll be down to their attacking threat rather than a first clean sheet in 15 attempts.