Having rubber-stamped a short-term deal with his beloved Arsenal last week, it was almost inevitable that Thierry Henry would mark his return to the club by playing a crucial role in their FA Cup tie against Leeds. In the end, the Frenchman couldn’t have written the script better as he emerged from the bench to grab the winning goal twelve minutes from time.
Betfred rate Henry at 9/2 to follow up Monday’s typically cool finish with the opening goal for the Gunners at Swansea but with Arsene Wenger set to use the 34-year-old a touch more sparingly in the Premier League initially, Robin van Persie is unlikely to be deposed as Arsenal’s main striker and it’s the Dutch front man at 3/1 (Partybets) that looks more likely to open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium.
In terms of the points, Wenger’s charges are odds-on at 5/6 with BetVictor to overcome the resilient Swans but as nobody has conceded fewer goals than Brendan Rodgers’ men on their own patch, it won’t be easy for Arsenal.
A 1-0 victory, replicating the result from September’s reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium, stands out then at 7/1 via Ladbrokes in a match that looks a banker at 5/6 (Stan James) to produce fewer than three goals while it could take some time for the Gunners to break down the Swans, lending appeal to William Hill’s 4/1 for an away victory following a drawn first half.
At St James’ Park, Newcastle are odds-on favourites at 8/11 with bet365 to get the better of QPR but the visitors could show an immediate improvement under new boss Mark Hughes and a more resilient showing is likely to see them secure a share of the spoils, a result Boylesports quote at 13/5.