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Arsenal FC vs Blackburn Rovers Free Betting Tip & Preview

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Defensive injuries hamper Gunners ahead of Rovers clash. With Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny ruled out and Wenger rotating ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich, the Championship outfit will hope to cause an FA Cup upset.

Arsenal FC vs Blackburn Rovers
When: February 16, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Where: Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Odds: 4/13 | 5/1 | 10/1 – Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200
Tip: Arsenal FC 2 – 1 Blackburn Rovers

Arsene Wenger looks set to rotate his squad from the team that overcame Sunderland in a 1-0 win last Saturday, as he appears intent upon resting some of his key players ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Ignasi Miquel, having come on as a late substitute in the win against the Black Cats, looks set to deputise at centre-back, as Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) and Laurent Koscielny (calf) continue to struggle with injury.

There are further repercussions from their exertions against Sunderland as Jack Wilshere\’s dead leg in that tie rules him out of this FA Cup clash, while Carl Jenkinson is also ruled out with suspension after his red card in the same game.

Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Oliver Giroud are also likely to be rested from the team that started the Sunderland game, with Abou Diaby, Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski coming in, as their manager clearly has one eye on their Champions League game in midweek.

Blackburn, meanwhile, will look to play a full-strength side as manager Michael Appleton appears ready to keep faith in the team that earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brighton last Saturday.

The one change that is likely to be made, however, comes in the form of the experienced Morten Gamst-Pedersen replacing DJ Campbell, with Colin Kazim-Richards assuming a role alongside the free-scoring Jordan Rhodes upfront.

Jake Kean, meanwhile, looks set to keep his place in goal as former England international Paul Robinson remains out-of-favour with new boss Appleton.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Miquel, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby, Gervinho, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski

BLACKBURN ROVERS: Kean, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Olsson, Pedersen, Murphy, Lowe, Olsson, Kazim-Richards, Rhodes

Prediction: There is most definitely potential for an FA Cup upset here as, with the Gunners seemingly intent on resting key players, the away side must fancy their chances to prove that they can still compete against the top clubs. However, though improved of late, Blackburn\’s form has been sketchy this season and Arsenal should have enough quality to ensure that they come out of this clash on top, though it could be a close one.

Tip: Arsenal FC 2 – 1 Blackburn Rovers

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