4 to Watch – 2012 FA Cup Semi Finals

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Unbeaten in their last five matches, Everton are very much the form side in the run-up to Saturday’s noontime Merseyside derby. But as Alan Shearer would no doubt tell us, “the formbook goes out the window in a semi-final / a derby.” So with the formbook well and truly defenestrated, we will look outside the match odds for our bets. If you do insist on a straight tickle however, back Liverpool to win in Extra Time, available at a very tempting 8.2 with Betfair.

Given the amount at stake, it should be a cagey, old affair, and we therefore like the 2.18 shot on Betfair that the scores will be level at half-time.

The other semi-final sees two clubs with violent supporters who will be drinking all day, descend into a small area late at night. Well done the FA. As the first team to win an FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley way back in 1991 (‘is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know’ etc), Spurs will want to fare better than in their two other subsequent Twin Towers semi efforts (1993 defeat to Arsenal and 2010’s calamity against Pompey.) In their way stand di Matteo’s Chelsea – a man who knows all about FA Cup finals at Wembley. The two sides have drawn three of their last four meetings, so we fancy the 12/5 available at BlueSq on the fixture going to extra time.

Another bet that would have been a winner in three of their last four meetings is the under 2.5 market, and we also recommend having a tipple at that, available at 39/40 with our friends at Bet365.

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