Arsenal vs Lincoln predictions and betting tips for their FA Cup quarter-final fixture on Saturday 11th March at 5:30pm. Can non-league Lincoln cause one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history and progress into the semi-final?
Lincoln will travel to one of the best stadiums in Europe this weekend as the non-league side will face three-time Premier League winners Arsenal, a side who are 88 places above them. There will be no pressure on Lincoln on Saturday following their staggering Cup run which saw them defeat the likes of Brighton and Burnley to get into this round of the competition.
Meanwhile for Arsenal, the pressure will be on them as they have not been playing well recently. The Gunners have lost five of their last seven matches and were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after they were demolished 10-2 on aggregate against Bayern Munich. Arsene Wenger’s side defeated Preston, Southampton and Sutton to reach the quarter-finals, and on Saturday they are clear favourites to progress into the semi-finals.
The results in midweek epitomise how both set of fans will feel coming into this match. Some Arsenal fans will be wary of a potential upset after their dismal defeat, while Lincoln’s 4-0 away win at Braintree will fill them with more hope that they can get a result at the Emirates.
This is Lincoln’s biggest match in the history of their club, and they will be backed by 9,000 of their supporters on Saturday evening. Whatever happens, the Imps have endured a surreal cup run, and this weekend they will enter the tie as huge underdogs. Surely Arsenal cannot slip up again?
Like in their last match, I expect Arsenal to start off strongly just like they did against Bayern Munich where they opened the scoring inside the first quarter of the match. Following another heavy defeat on Tuesday night, I feel that the Gunners may need to score early on to prevent the fans getting even more frustrated at their team. Arsene Wenger’s side scored inside 26 minutes when they faced Sutton in the last round, and seeing as his side are on home turf this time around, I think they will score slightly earlier and stamp their authority on the game. There is no doubt that Arsenal will see the majority of the ball and they will get a lot of openings throughout the game, and I expect them to take one early on. My first Arsenal vs Lincoln betting tip for this FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening is going to be Arsenal to be leading after 15 minutes and it is best valued at 2/1 with William Hill. Open a William Hill account via this special link and get £30 in free bets.
Arsene Wenger is very likely to field a strong side this weekend as he looks to build some confidence in the dressing room following a difficult few weeks for the Gunners. Lincoln will be very focused on defending and it could end badly for the Imps. Arsenal will be looking to put that 10-2 aggregate defeat which they suffered against Bayern Munich behind them. Therefore, I expect the Premier League side to show their class this weekend and win comfortably against this Lincoln side. My second Arsenal vs Lincoln prediction is going to be Arsenal to win 3-0 and it is best odds at 6/1 with Paddy Power for the correct score tip.
Arsene Wenger will start some of his big guns on Saturday as he will want his Arsenal side to build some sort of confidence following their awful form recently. However, Lucas Perez rarely gets a chance to prove himself but the striker got his opportunity last time out against Sutton, and I feel he may start upfront again for the Gunners again this weekend. The Spaniard netted first when he last started for Arsenal, and I feel he will replicate that this weekend at the Emirates. The former Deportivo man hasn’t had much of a chance to prove himself following his summer move and Arsenal fans will certainly want to see more of the striker on Saturday. My final Arsenal vs Lincoln City betting tip for this FA Cup quarter-final is going to be Lucas Perez to score first and it is best valued at 10/3 with bet365. Open a bet365 account via this link and get a £200 sign-up bonus.
After Arsene Wenger’s decision to drop Alexis Sanchez at Liverpool, the Frenchman brought the Chilean back into the starting 11 against Bayern Munich. Sanchez didn’t start at Sutton in the last round of the Cup however, therefore it is unlikely he will be in the starting line-up on Saturday. Danny Welbeck was unwell in the warm-up in midweek and had to be replaced by Olivier Giroud. The Englishman should be ready for the weekend but he may be rested.
Mesut Ozil also returned on Tuesday following his illness and returned to the bench. The German featured in the second-half for the Gunners and he could play a part on Saturday to regain match fitness. Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla remain sidelined.
For Danny Cowley and his Lincoln side, Lee Angol scored a hat-trick on his debut on Tuesday night, but unfortunately for the Imps, the on-loan Peterborough striker is cup-tied. Elliot Whitehouse and Josh Ginnelly returned to the starting 11 in midweek and will be in the squad on Saturday.
This is the first ever meeting between the two sides.
Arsenal are massive favourites for this clash and are not worth a bet at odds around 1/10. I can imagine that due to Arsenal’s form and Lincoln’s cup runs this season, a few people will take a punt on the away side to progress. A Lincoln win is valued at a huge 33/1 with Ladbrokes, while the draw is valued at around 11/1.