We’re down to the last four in the FA Cup as we head into the semi-finals this weekend but few would have predicted the line-up.
Defending champions Wigan play Arsenal in the first semi-final on Saturday evening before Hull City face Sheffield United in a Yorkshire derby on Sunday.
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Betting Tips
Wigan did the unthinkable last season as they beat Manchester City to lift the FA Cup in one of the biggest upsets the competitions has ever seen and then in March they repeated the feat, in City’s own back yard!
Uwe Rosler’s team have got nothing to lose again this weekend as they play Arsenal in the first of the two semi-finals and will be looking to cause another huge giant-killing.
Since the German came in in place of Owen Coyle in December, he’s changed the Latics’ fortunes around, with them right in the mix for a return to the Premier League as they sit fifth in the Championship.
However their form going into the semi-final hasn’t been the best, with only one win in five, with them being beaten 1-0 by strugglers Millwall in midweek.
Ben Watson, who netted the winner in the final last year, is absent for the Lancashire side with a broken leg but apart from that they have a clean bill of health.
Arsenal will be under pressure to end their title drought which now spells nine years, that last triumph in the 2005 FA Cup final over Manchester United.
Arsenal’s form has also been less than inspiring of late, with just one win in their last six in all competitions.
Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs all face late fitness tests ahead of the match but Arsene Wenger still has a long injury list, which includes the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.
Arsenal are obviously big favourites with William Hill offering odds of 1/2 on a win within 90 minutes but judging on what they’ve already achieved, odds of 13/2 from Bet 365 on a Wigan win looks a fairly decent offer.
Catch this one live on ITV1 from 5:07pm.
Hull City v Sheffield United Betting Tips
Sheffield United became the first team from the third division of English football to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for 13 years (which was Wycombe Wanderers in 2001) after they beat Charlton in the quarter-finals.
The four-time FA Cup winners have already knocked two Premier League sides out of the competition in the shape of Fulham and Aston Villa and no doubt Nigel Clough will want to add to that list on Sunday.
After their Fourth Round replay win over Fulham, the Blades went on an incredible nine game winning run which propelled them away from the League One relegation zone, although they’ve won just one in their last seven.
Visitors Hull City make their first return to Wembley since 2008 when they won promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Bristol City in the Championship play-off final.
Steve Bruce’s side beat Sunderland 3-0 in the quarter-finals but they have lost four of their last seven games.
In terms of team selection, Sheffield United are without Billy Payter who is cup-tied whilst Chris Porter and Terry Kennedy should be available following minor knocks. Hull have no fresh injury concerns, with Tom Huddlestone expected to return following a back injury.
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