FA Cup 2020 Semi-final draw and Latest Betting
The line up for the 2020 FA Cup semi-final is complete, and we have the draw and the latest betting right here.
Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal all completed wins on Sunday, joining Saturday’s quarter-final victors, Manchester United in the hat for the semi-final line up.
With 4 big names fighting it out, it’s set to be an intriguing finale to English football’s famous cup competition.
FA Cup 2020 Semi-Final Draw
Arsenal V Manchester City
The two semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of 18th and 19th of July. With the final itself scheduled for Saturday 1st August.
Solskjaer’s Reds March on
Manchester United got the weekend’s quarter-final action off to a start away to Norwich at Carrow Road.
The Canaries pushed United all the way. And despite playing extra time with just 10 men, a gallant Norwich only lost 2-1, thanks to a late Harry Maguire strike deep into extra-time.
The Gunners make their usual hard work of things
Arsenal were the first side on Sunday to join United in the semi-finals, after beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.
Mikel Arteta’s team were in charge throughout, only to give away an inexplicable equaliser after 87 minutes. It was short lived rest bite for the Blades, as exciting Gunners’ youngster Dani Ceballos, scored the winner in the 91st minute.
Leicester’s Misery continues
Next up was Brendan Rodgers’ spluttering Leicester City side, who took on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team, at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester’s season seems to have been in free fall for some time now, and the enforced break due to the Coronavirus Pandemic doesn’t seem to have changed their fortunes at all.
Chelsea won a scratchy contest 1-0 thanks to a 63rd minute strike from Ross Barkley.
Miss of the Season at St James’ Park?
Finally, Manchester City. What looks like a routine 2-0 win for Pep’s team on paper, could have been anything but.
Just moments before Raheem Sterling made it 2-0, Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle missed a golden chance to equalise.
The error prone Nicolas Otamendi’s careless pass out presented Newcastle with a golden chance to make it 1-1. From Allan Saint-Maximin’s resulting cross, Galye somehow managed to miss the target from 6 yards. And this was dead centre of goal, it was harder to miss, than score.
Yep, and pretty much from the next City attack, the match was over as a contest. Raheem Sterling finally rediscovered his goal scoring boots, curling a sublime low shot past Newcastle keeper, Karl Darlow. That was game, set, and match to City.
2020 FA Cup Winner Betting
In the latest betting to win the FA Cup outright, Pep’s Man City side are the 8/13 favourites. City’s semi-final lambs-to-the-slaughter opponents, Arsenal, are the big outsiders at 12/1.
Take your pick from United or Chelsea, they are both 4/1 to lift the trophy.
4/1 Manchester United
#Odds courtesy of William Hill
2020 FA Cup Semi-Final Betting
It’s a tough call between Chelsea and Manchester United in the first semi-final, meaning the bookmaker’s are struggling to separate the two teams.
United seem to be the marginal favourites at 8/5, with Chelsea at 17/10. The draw is 12/5, meaning this points to a close contest.
In the second semi-final betting, Pep’s Manchester City are odds on to beat Arsenal in 90 minutes. No real surprise there. City are 3/10, with the draw at 9/2, and Arteta’s Gunners at 9/1.