2012 FA Cup Semi Finals Betting Preview

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by in Tips & Previews

Click below on the game for 2012 FA Cup Semi Finals Betting odds from leading UK and European bookmakers.

Liverpool vs Everton
Tottenham vs Chelsea

The stage is set for an epic battle between 4 teams of the Premier League in the FA Cup semi final playoffs between Everton Liverpool and Chelsea and Tottenham. Below we have Sportingbet Australia FA Cup semi final betting preview.

Everton v Liverpool – Wembley – Saturday 14th April 2012

Everton’s David Moyes almost certainly won’t take out the Premier League Manager of the Year award, but it’s not difficult to make an argument that he should.

For the umpteenth time, the wily Scot has made light of an almost non-existent transfer budget and some dreadful luck with injuries to steer his troops to seventh in the Premier League table and to within 90 minutes of what would be their second FA Cup Final appearance in four years.

And you wouldn’t back against the Toffees booking a return to Wembley for next month’s showpiece event given the trough that Saturday’s opponents Liverpool currently find themselves in.

Manager Kenny Dalglish seems to have aged twenty years over the course of what has been a very trying and ultimately hugely disappointing season for the Reds and should they lose to their city neighbours in this upcoming semi, even King Kenny’s legendary status at Anfield may not be enough to prevent the club’s American owners from replacing him at season’s end.

Everton certainly fancy their chances of increasing Liverpool’s woes and given the contrast in the clubs’ respective form, it’s not hard to see why.

The men in blue have lost only two of their last seventeen games in all competitions, while the Reds have won just three from nine to slip one place below their Merseyside rivals in the table.

Admittedly Liverpool did cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory when the sides met in the league just last month, but Moyes opted to rest a host of first-team regulars for that game in order to keep them fresh for his side’s upcoming FA Cup Quarter-Final clash with Sunderland, so it’s hard to read too much into it.

In terms of early team news, Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee) are both regarded as major doubts, but Moyes should have all his other big-hitters available including striker Nikica Jelavic who has made a big impression at Goodison since arriving from Rangers in January.

As for the Reds, they are sweating on the fitness of Martin Kelly and Charlie Adam and Dalglish will have little choice but to play Aussie Brad Jones in goal as his two other senior ‘keepers, Pepe Reina and Doni, will both be unavailable through suspension.

And while Jones is undoubtedly a capable performer, Reina is one of the league’s best and will be sorely missed.

The two sides have met 22 times in this competition, with Liverpool winning on nine occasions to Everton’s seven, along with six draws and the last time they locked horns at Wembley was back in 1989 when Liverpool won the Cup on an emotional afternoon overshadowed by the tragic events that had unfolded at Hillsborough just a few weeks previously.

With momentum behind them and their confidence consequently sky high, Everton look a great chance to claim the sweetest of victories over their old foes and set up a potential re-match of their 2009 Cup Final clash with Chelsea.

It will be tight, but the Toffees should nick it.

Prediction: Everton 1-0 Liverpool

Market: Everton $2.90, Draw $3.25, Liverpool $2.40

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Wembley – Sunday 15th April 2012

The dust will barely have had time to settle on Saturday’s all-Merseyside dust-up before Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur go toe-to-toe in the all-London version.

And what a game it promises to be.

How will Chelsea’s sluggish defence cope with Gareth Bale using the wide acres of Wembley to fly at them at top speed and can Juan Mata exploit those same wide acres to showcase his wonderful range of passing and slice open Tottenham’s rearguard?

Throw in the fact that the two sets of supporters cannot stand the sight of each other and you have the recipe for what will be an unmissable spectacle.

Chelsea come into the game in a decent run of form, although even a record of eight wins from eleven games does not seem likely to be enough to secure Robert Di Matteo the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly already sounded out several other bigger-name coaches, including Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and the prodigal son, Jose Mourinho and looks set to make an external appointment even if Di Matteo manages to secure both the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Of more immediate concern to the likeable Italian is the fact Branislav Ivanovic will be banned unless his appeal against the red card he received in the win over Wigan is successful and fellow-defender Ashley Cole is struggling to overcome an ankle injury in time to feature.

Jose Bosingwa and David Luiz are expected to come into the squad, but their presence is not likely to be fill Chelsea fans with any great sense of security.

Tottenham, meanwhile, seem to have found that their season has caught up with them in recent weeks.

Just two wins from ten games in all competitions has cast a cloud over White Hart Lane, as has the impeding departure of boss Harry Redknapp to replace Fabio Capello in the England hot-seat.

The North Londoners have now slipped below Arsenal into fourth place and will be desperate to avoid ending what in many ways has been a marvellous season, empty-handed.

In Redknapp’s defence, the Spurs treatment room has been bursting at the seams in recent weeks and the club’s medical staff will be flat-out again in the build-up to Sunday trying to ensure that the likes of Younes Kaboul, Scott Parker and Ledley King are fit and available for selection.

Kiwi international Ryan Nelsen is poised to start should Kaboul fail his late fitness test and Emanuel Adebayor may well join him in the starting eleven, probably at the expense of Louis Saha.

The ten previous FA Cup meetings between these two sides have thrown up an even split of four wins apiece and two draws and both league clashes this term ended honours even, suggesting that we could be in for another close-run thing at Wembley.

Extra-time and penalties are a real possibility here and are probably the last thing Chelsea want given their hectic run-in to the end of the season.

Tottenham to go through via a shoot-out and secure their first FA Cup Final appearance since 1991.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Tottenham to win on penalties)

Market: Chelsea $2.60, Draw $3.30, Tottenham Hotspur $2.60

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