Author: Marc Weinberg
Manchester United are all the rage to win the FA Cup this season as they eased past Arsenal in their quarterfinal, winning 2-0, and likely condemning the Gunners to a season with no silverware. But United have another tough opponent in the last four - Manchester City, who reached the semis for the first time in three decades.
City were nervous and below their best on Sunday but managed to battle past Reading 1-0. The prospect of a huge Manchester derby is definitely exciting, and the atmosphere should feel like the final since only Bolton or Stoke will oppose the Manchester winner.
Bolton fought hard to outlast Birmingham 3-2, while Stoke won their clash of the Premier League bottom feeders by beating West Ham 2-1.
Here is the FA Cup outright betting market as it stands after the last eight:
Manchester United - 11/10
Manchester City - 9/4
Bolton - 5/1
Stoke - 6/1
These odds were supplied courtesy of 888sport
. There could be value shopping around at other leading bookies so be sure to go to our Sports betting guide
There may well be some value taking Manchester City to win, especially if United continue to advance in Europe and also have the Premier League title to worry about. City will have more focus, and home ground advantage will be minimal.
Posted by Marc Weinberg at 02:11 on 14 March 2011