2020 FA Cup Semi Finals Preview

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2020

The oldest cup competition in football is down to its final four teams and they all have plenty of experience at the business end of the tournament.

13-time winners Arsenal will take on the defending FA Cup champions Manchester City in the first semi final, with the Gunners 3-0 Premier League embarrassment last month still fresh in their minds.

On the other side of the draw it’s Manchester United and Chelsea facing off as both sides are competing with each other for a top four spot in the Premier League as well.

We’ve got our previews and predictions for both FA Cup Semi Finals here so read on to see who we are backing!

Arsenal Vs Manchester City

Sunday 19 July, 4:45am, Wembley Stadium

Arsenal 2 – Manchester City 0

If there was one competition that Arsenal might be able to spring an upset over Manchester City, it would be in the FA Cup.

Their last triumph in this competition came in 2017 and included a Semi Final win over Manchester City.

While every Gunners fan would love to see their club come away with a win, City’s form in this matchup is ridiculous.

Since that win at Wembley three years ago, City has won the last seven meetings, all by two or more goals and they have kept Arsenal scoreless in five of those matches, including in their most recent meeting in June.

While a Gunners upset is offering great value, there is no way you can back them with any confidence at the moment, no matter how motivated they are going into this match.

SGM: Manchester City to Win (90 Minutes) & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75

Manchester United Vs Chelsea

Monday 20 July, 3:00am, Wembley Stadium

Manchester United 1 – Chelsea 3

Neither of these sides will turn down a chance to win the FA Cup but for both this is secondary to their race for the top four in the Premier League.

United has dominated Chelsea over the last 18 months, winning four of the last five meetings and drawing the other, the only concern is over squad burnout with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer relying heavily on a few key players over the last month.

If they can rally for the big occasion, they should manage to get by Chelsea here and there’s plenty of value on offer with the market struggling to split the teams.

Back Manchester United to Win (90 Minutes) @ $2.38


2019

It’s football’s oldest cup competition and four Premier League sides are off to Wembley for a place in the 2019 FA Cup Final.

Manchester City enters the Semi Final round as almost unbackable favourites as they chase a remarkable quadruple for the season as they take on Brighton.

In the other match, Watford and Wolves will look to cap what has been successful seasons in their own right by taking the other spot in May’s Final.

Read on for our previews and predictions for both FA Cup Semi Finals.

Manchester City Vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Sunday 7 April, 2:30am, Wembley Stadium

Manchester City 1 – Brighton 0

There’s not a lot of encouraging signs for Brighton in this game, they have been drawn against a City side looking to win all four major trophies this year and will view the Seagulls as the next speedbump on their quest.

City have won all three meetings in the Premier League over the last two seasons outscoring Brighton by a combined margin of 7-1.

Brighton did win the last FA Cup meeting 4-0 but that was back in 1983 and City have changed significantly as a club since then.

As is the case with a lot of City matches lately, simply backing them to win is not a great value play, so you’ll have to look for an add on.

Both sides played in high scoring quarter finals with City winning 3-2 and Brighton winning on penalties after a 2-2 game in normal time so I’ll be taking over 3.5 goals to help the price out.

Back City to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.30

Watford Vs Wolverhampton

Monday 8 April, 1:00am, Wembley Stadium

Watford 3 – Wolves 2 (a.e.t)

The other FA Cup Semi Final is a much tougher task to split with a good case to be made for both teams and a relatively even match up.

This Cup run is now the priority for Watford and Wolves as they chase some silverware and try to cap what has been an encouraging campaign.

Watford won the Premier League clash between these sides back in October but the edge here has to go to a Wolves side that seems to have more difference makers available.

None loom larger than Raul Jiminez and one clear chance for him could be the difference in a game like this.

Back Wolves to Win in 90 Minutes @ $2.30