City unable to get revenge on reigning FA Cup champions Wigan
Undoubtedly the result of the FA Cup quarter-finals was the remarkable Wigan (8/1 to defend their title, from 66/1) away 2-1 defeat of Premier League giants Manchester City.
In a way, it is even more impressive than their triumph over the Sky Blues in last season’s final, as the match-up then was on neutral ground, plus the Latics were in the same division.
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler’s prize for his triumph, over the club he once played for, is now a Wembley semi-final against new FA Cup odds-on favourites and 10-time champions Arsenal (4/9), with the game being taking place on April 13th.
The Gunners, who were priced at 3/1 before the last-eight ties were played, came out 4-1 victors over Everton – whose miserable record on the road to Arsenal in all competitions is now at 20.
Predictably, the north Londoners have fared well against their opponents Wigan in the past, with five victories in their last seven, but the Championship side will be encouraged with their 2-1 league win away from home in the 2011/12 season.
With five clean sheets out of nine games for Arsenal in this head-to-head, don’t look past them to do so here again. They have only let in two goals so far this campaign in the competition in four games, and another upset by Wigan looks very unlikely against the Premier League title fourth-favourites (22/1).
Elsewhere, in-form League One side Sheffield United knocked out second-tier Charlton Athletic, winning 2-0. The Yorkshire side are on an incredible run of nine successive victories in all competitions – with eight of those being clean sheets – and have had their FA Cup odds slashed from 66/1 to 16/1.
It is an unbelievable feat for a side that were languishing in the league drop-zone only recently, but now find themselves up in 11th and 11 points off the play-off places.
Their semi-final challengers come in the form of northeast rivals Hull, who resoundingly saw off fellow Premier League side Sunderland at home in a 3-0 victory. A third goal in as many games for defender Curtis Davies helped the Tigers on their way.
Hull are now priced at 7/2 (from 14/1) to win the competition. This match will be played the day before Arsenal and Wigan’s semi-final, on Arpril 12th.