2015 FA Cup final tips – Arsenal too short for ninety minute win

Oppose Arsenal for 90-minute FA Cup final win

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Betting Tip: @ 18/11 with bet365

4/7 about Arsenal winning in ninety minutes on Saturday? Not for me, especially when you look at the Gunners’ most recent results.

While there was a 4-1 demolition of West Brom in their final Premier League game of the season, previous matches saw Arsene Wenger’s team fail to score at home to Swansea and Sunderland.

The Gunners also failed to break down Chelsea at the Emirates and needed extra-time to see off Reading to reach the 2015 FA Cup final. It all points to a struggle when it comes to beating the Villans in a straightforward fashion.

Aston Villa might have finished perched just above the relegation zone although this should be tempered by the fact that the Midlands team knew they were safe going into the final Premier League game of the campaign.

A 1-0 reverse against Burnley was not ideal preparation, although Tim Sherwood’s side can be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball after a tough battling season mixed with the fact that the FA Cup final doesn’t happen all that often in a player’s career.

Villa will return to Wembley after previously and deservedly beating Liverpool in the semi-finals, with Sherwood hoping that his team can cap what has been a successful season since he replaced Paul Lambert.

It’s slightly worrying for the Villans that their two most recent away matches have seen the team battered 6-1 at St Mary’s after conceding three goals at the Etihad Stadium, although it will surely be a tighter ship against a dangerous Arsenal side.

Shay Given will return between the sticks, with Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker looking to tame Olivier Giroud, although Theo Walcott’s presence on the flank looks likely after a brace against the Baggies.

The Arsenal defence will be keen to contend with the dangerous Christian Benteke whose goals have once again been vital this season, while Jack Grealish will be looking to shine in the biggest game of his career to date.

Villa have regularly managed a hatchet job performance this season including a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane this term, while there will be a determination to improve markedly on that 5-0 spanking at the Emirates in February.

We’re backing Villa to thrive on the handicap market and potentially take the game into extra-time where Arsenal may or may not run out winners.

We should also note that Hull City raced into a 2-0 lead during last season’s FA Cup final before being denied in extra-time.

Betting Tip: @ 18/11 with bet365

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