Reading v Arsenal
Monday 20:00, live on Sky Sports 1
How these teams must wish this match was the opening game of the weekend, rather than the last. Tuesday night brought misery for both as Arsenal suffered the indignity of exiting the Capital One Cup at League Two's Bradford, while Reading were soundly beaten in a Premier League fixture at Sunderland.
Both clubs will be desperate to get back on the pitch and exorcise those matches from the system.
It's impossible to talk about this fixture without going back to that crazy night in late October when Arsenal came back from 4-0 down to send their League Cup clash into extra time, a game which the Gunners won by an incredible 7-5 scoreline.
That was one of the strangest matches of the season, phenomenal for so many reasons, and featuring what was quite simply some of the worst defending I have ever seen!
Though we surely can't match the drama of that game at the Madejski, something tells me we are going to be entertained on Monday night.
With just one victory in their last 15 in the Premier League, Reading are really struggling this season. Poor in attack and poor at the back - 14 goals conceded at home and 17 on the road - it's becoming increasingly hard to hold out much hope for Brian McDermott's team.
Of course, Monday's opponents will not arrive in a super positive frame of mind either. Tuesday night's result at Valley Parade really is an unprecedented low point in the Arsene Wenger era. In the past Arsene has fielded young sides in the league cup but there were plenty of first-team regulars on the pitch against Bradford and the team arrived in Yorkshire on the back of a solid enough win over West Brom.
Put simply, Arsenal must get back to some sort of consistency, putting a string of wins together. They are fancied to do that at Reading, with the Betfair market making them 1.715/7 to pick up all three points. I'm relatively confident that my old side can do that but I don't find the match odds price particularly tempting.
I am tempted to back goals and lots of them, however. We know Reading concede - in recent weeks Sunderland, Manchester United and Wigan have all put three goals past them. Though Arsenal haven't been too prolific, I fancy them to react to Tuesday night's debacle with a big show.
I don't see clean sheets for either side so will be backing both over 3.5 and over 4.5 goals in case it goes really crazy.
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.77/4
Back Over 4.5 Goals @ 5.24/1