FA Cup glory is within touching distance for four clubs, as the world’s oldest club competition reaches its semi-final stage.
Tottenham will take on Manchester United on Saturday, with Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on Sunday – and our football betting expert has looked through the best bets for the two matches.
Tottenham v Manchester United
For the first time in FA Cup history, a team will have home advantage in a semi-final.
Tottenham’s temporary residence at Wembley means they will be in familiar territory under the arch – something Jose Mourinho hasn’t been shy in pointing out.
Spurs comfortably dispatched United 2-0 when the two met on the same ground in January, with Christian Eriksen’s goal after just 11 seconds setting the tone for a dominant victory.
United won the reverse fixture between these two at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial’s late winner giving the Red Devils the three points.
Heads look likely to roll for United after an embarrassing home defeat to West Brom last weekend, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba sweating over their places.
Mourinho’s side are 9/4 to win this one.
United beat Manchester City 3-2 two weeks ago, and Spurs won 3-1 at Chelsea – though both have stalled slightly since.
I can see this being a cagey affair with little between the sides and can see it going to extra-time.
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Chelsea v Southampton
Last year’s beaten finalists come into this year’s semi with a point to prove.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are all-but out of the race for the top four, and with the Italian likely to leave in the summer, he’d love to sign off with a cup win.
The Blues came from behind to beat Southampton last weekend, with a late flurry – and are 1/2 to beat the Saints again in normal time.
Southampton are in deep trouble in the league, sitting in the relegation zone with games running out, but the cup could provide some respite.
Having not won the trophy since 1976, winning the FA Cup again could soften the blow of now likely relegation.
I think the class of Chelsea will tell, however.
The Blues’ late comeback last weekend seems to have ripped the heart out of Southampton, and I don’t think they’ll disappoint here.
Back a Chelsea victory – and last Saturday’s match-winner Olivier Giroud to open the scoring at 7/2.
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