FA Cup – 7 March 2014
This entry was posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Supporters whose teams are left fighting in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup are likely to start singing of Wembley over the weekend and of course with both Semi Final’s played in North London, half of them will get to visit Wembley Way – one of the few places left in the world where grown men are seemingly allowed to use face paint. Indeed, Man City and Sunderland could both yet visit for the second and third times this season.
With Champions League hopes hanging by an even thinner thread than their Premier League hopes, Arsenal’s last chance of a trophy surely appears to be the FA Cup. Roberto Martinez brings an Everton team that have not won any of their last 19 trips to Arsenal to face a Gunners side unbeaten in 13 domestic games at The Emirates. Yet despite this, Everton fans will surely take heart from two impressive trips to London in recent weeks, despite narrow 1-0 defeats at Spurs and Chelsea. We suspect Arsenal will scrape through, and 17/20 on Bet365 looks reasonable value. Arsenal to win and under 2.5 goals in the game could be a bet at 33/10 with Ladbrokes.
Sunday’s games kick off with League One Sheffield United hosting Championship Charlton. There’s no doubt that The Blades are in great form (eight consecutive wins) and having spent so long at the wrong end of the table this season, have suddenly found themselves on the edge of the playoffs. Charlton meanwhile are still in the relegation zone, but have turned it on for the cup, with away wins at Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Oxford. Despite not being in great form, we think the 13/5 price the Betfair sportsbook offers on the away win, is too big.
Sunderland could book their second trip of the season to Wembley if they can battle past Hull at the KC Stadium. Their hopes will be boosted by the reality that both Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are cup tied having featured already in the competition for their previous teams. With a 4-1 thumping at home to Sunderland’s rivals, Newcastle last week, we can’t back Steve Bruce’s side as best priced 6/5 favourites. We’d rather have the draw on our side and lay Hull at 2.24 encouraged by the first 45 minutes The Black Cats displayed at Wembley last week.
Finally, we can’t see another shock in a repeat of the final last year, as Wigan travel to Man City. The Latics do however arrive with five wins on the bounce and having conceded just five times in their last eight games. They may keep the score down so we’ll back under 3.5 goals at 1.7 on the Betfair sportsbook.