Arsenal v Coventry odds : The Gunners look to avoid major upset on their march towards Wembley

arsenal-giroudUp to date Arsenal v Coventry odds from the FA Cup tie at the Emirates tonight, which kicks off at 19:45 GMT.

Arsenal are seen as 1/10 favourites to beat Coventry in the FA Cup Fourth Round as The Gunners look to avoid an upset in the cup for a second successive year.

It’s funny what a difference a year makes and nearly a year on since Arsenal were humbled by Blackburn in the FA Cup, The Gunners find themselves in a similar position in 2014 as they take on Coventry City on Friday night.

Arsenal v Coventry: Odds
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Draw icon1 11/1
Coventryicon1 28/1
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It’s a much less arduous task for Arsenal than in the last round where they had to see off arch rivals Tottenham in a 2-0 victory at The Emirates last time out.

With The Gunners facing lower league opposition, it could well mean that Arsene Wenger is going to give some of his upcoming players a chance to shine with the likes of Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo and Gedion Zelalem all strong candidates to make an appearance on Friday evening.

On top of that, several fringe players could get an opportunity to prove their worth to the team with the likes of Emiliano Viviano and Nicklas Bendtner itching to get a start and do well.

However, there’s no doubt that Arsene Wenger will be keen to avoid a repeat of last year when Championship side Blackburn Rovers picked up a shock 1-0 victory despite the dominance of possession that The Gunners had last year.

Of course, Coventry City will have their own plans in mind on Friday night as the League One side look to cause one of the biggest upset’s in this year’s competition.

They achieved a mini upset in the last round beating Championship strugglers Barnsley 2-1 at Oakwell having already seen off AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool in the prior rounds.

Ahead of the tie, The Sky Blues will be keen to lead with an attack that has plenty of firepower in it with strikers Franck Moussa, Leon Carke and Callum Wilson all having notched up double figures in their goal tallies so far this campaign.

Alongside that, the likes of John Fleck and Andy Webster have experience from playing against high-level opposition during their time at Rangers which will certainly be something that will help them deal with the star power that comes when facing a team such as Arsenal.

However, Coventry’s recent record against Premier League sides hasn’t been stellar having been eliminated by top flight opposition for five out of the last six years in the FA Cup having gone no further than the fourth round since 2009.

With that in mind, Coventry are going to have to be at their very best if they are to stun an Arsenal side that is managing to grind out wins against every opponent they’ve faced in 2014.

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