FA Cup wins for Sheffield United, Hull and Man City is titanic treble
Arsenal have already booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup. If you fancy Sheffield United, Hull and Manchester City to join at Wembley, then back them with Coral and enjoyed amazing enhanced odds of 11/2.
The Blades clash with Championship club Charlton, Steve Bruce’s Tigers tackle his former club Sunderland and City host holders Wigan in a rerun of the final last season.
Sheffield United v Charlton
Championship strugglers Charlton travel to Bramall Lane without having faced a difficult test in their FA Cup. Nigel Clough’s Blades have knocked out far bigger clubs than Chris Powell’s Londoners en route to this quarter-final clash.
Aston Villa, Fulham and Nottingham Forest – all from divisions higher than Sheffield United – have been slain by the Steel City side. Neutrals were hoping for a derby with Sheffield Wednesday, but Charlton put pay to that.
The Blades start as 13/10 favourites for a home win and odds-on to qualify for the semis at 5/6. Chris Porter, who came off the bench to score two late goals in the last round, is 5/1 to net last here.
Hull v Sunderland
Steve Bruce has already done a Premier League double over the Black Cats, so the Tigers rightly start as 6/5 favourites to win at the KC Stadium. Hull are also odds-on at 8/11 to advance to the final four.
Admittedly, there were sendings off in both those matches but, after losing the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City last time out, Gus Poyet will have a tough task lifting his Sunderland players for this one.
Punters may be concerned by the fact Tigers front two Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are cup-tied, yet top-flight survival is a more pressing concern for their opponents.
Black Cats boss Poyet may rest players, having had one energy-sapping cup run already this term, and that will compensate for the absence of Bruce’s strikeforce.
Those encounters earlier in the season suggest it won’t be a goal-fest, but back Hull to win 1-0 at 5/1.
Man City v Wigan
Losing last season’s FA Cup final apart, Manchester City have won all of the last nine encounters. They have already played Wigan this season, en route to winning the Capital One Cup, and Manuel Pellegrini’s men put five past them at the Etihad.
A repeat of that scoreline here is 18/1. Total goals being over 4.5 is 11/4. City are heavily odds-on to both win at home here and qualify for the semis at 1/6 and 1/16 respectively.
Ben Watson, the player who scored Wigan’s Wembley winner last May is out with a broken leg.
Uwe Rosler returns to his old stomping ground from his on-field career as visiting manager here and, although he is guaranteed a good reception, that is the only joy he is likely to get here.
Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas all scored in the League Cup game against the Latics. That latter pair also went on to net against Sunderland in the final last time out.
Back Toure for a goal anytime at 7/4, Navas at 4/1 and Edin Dzeko is 7/2 to be on target first.