While Chelsea’s own participation in this term’s FA Cup ended in ignominious fashion as they lost 4-2 at home to Bradford, one Blues loanee still has his eyes on the prize.
Young striker Patrick Bamford, who scored as Middlesbrough beat Manchester City in the last round, will be key to his team’s hopes of success away at Arsenal.
The Championship side are rated a lengthy 5/1 to win at the Gunners, with the hosts priced at 6/4 and the draw 23/10.
However, the real wager to get behind is to back Bamford to find the net at 3/1, as the Chelsea loanee has been in scintillating form this season.
The 21-year-old has scored three in his past four matches, and nine in his last 17, helping Boro climb to second in the Championship table.
This follows on from the fine performances the youngster turned in on loan at Derby and MK Dons last term.
Bamford has also shown a happy knack of finding the net away at Premier League opposition in the cups.
Along with his strike at Manchester City, the forward scored an extra-time penalty at Liverpool in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.
Furthermore, he also got on the scoresheet at Sunderland last term in the Capital One Cup when playing for MK Dons.
His successful loan stints have led to many calls for Bamford to get a chance in the Premier League next term, and the youngster will view this high-profile clash with Arsenal as the perfect time to prove his class.
With Aitor Karanka’s side in wondrous form, having won each of their past six matches, Bamford and his teammates will head to north London full of confidence, and another fmous FA Cup victory could be on the cards.