Five reasons why Arsenal won’t beat Cardiff in ninety minutes
The bizarre decision to play this fourth round replay after all the fifth round matches have taken place just to please the TV companies caused so much confusion that The Guardian somehow forgot that Burnley even existed. Both teams start tonight on lengthy unbeaten runs so cliche dictates that something has to give. Our friends at chickendinner aren’t convinced though and have compiled five reasons why Cardiff won’t be beaten in ninety minutes:
1. Cardiff are unbeaten in thirteen games in all competitions, a run that dates back to mid-November.
2. The Bluebirds have kept three straight clean sheets and have lost less away games than any other team in the Championship.
3. Playing away from home didn’t hinder Cardiff’s cup progress last year either with three of their four wins prior to the semi-finals coming on the road, including a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough.
4. Despite being on an eleven match unbeaten run, Arsenal have drawn their last four games, scoring just one goal in total in those encounters.
5. The Gunners have won just three of their last nine FA Cup games during the course of ninety minutes.
SIDE STAT: Former Arsenal trainee Jay Bothroyd has scored in Cardiff’s last two games, with both matches finishing 2-0.