Betto FA Cup Semi-Final special

I have managed to prise Betto back from Vegas as the run in to the end of the season heats up. He has been spending his recent winnings out there, but it is FA Cup semi-finals weekend and he needs to top his funds up. This weekend sees some great ties: the Manchester derby and on Bolton v Stoke. Some very interesting Semi’s, but what will be the outcome? Let’s check the team news and see what Betto thinksc 


Manchester City  v Manchester United

5.15pm Kick Off

Live from Wembley on ITV 1

The fact that this is a derby adds a little bit of spice to this FA Cup semi final, the first to be played at Wembley. The fans will make the trip down to London to get ripped off at Wembley, and no doubt it will be a good, but expensive day out. Big team news is Manchester City will be missing Tevez for this tie, City’s talisman is injured and will be replaced by either bad man Balotelli or big signing Dzeko. Balotelli has had his fair share of problems this season, but there is no better game to become a hero. Dzeko is still looking to get his City career going. Micah Richards will be fit to play and should return to the right back slot he has been occupying all season. Manchester United are also missing their main man; Rooney is suspended following the swearing at the camera incident and will have to watch from the sidelines. Berbatov should replace him to resume his partnership with Hernandez, but with Anderson’s return to fitness, Ferguson could opt for a 5 man midfield.  This should be a cracker, over to Betto:

Betto: Semi-Finals don’t come much bigger than a derby, but these matches are much harder to predict. Its head to head Mancini v Ferguson and I fancy Fergie to take this one. This is a great opportunity though for City to win some silverware this year, but without Tevez they have a huge task on their hands. I think it will be a tight affair, but Manchester United Win, possibly in extra time. Fancy Giggs or Hernandez for a goal for United, Johnson for City.


Bolton v Stoke

4pm Kick Off

Live from Wembley on ESPN

What a huge Semi Final this one is! Two sides who have had great cup runs, and two sides who love a physical battle. With both teams evenly matched, this could be a cagey affair, but I am hopeful it won’t be. Both sides will want a return to Wembley in May. Bolton have on-fire striker Daniel Sturridge cup-tied and his place will be filled by either Klasnic or Rodrigo. The good news for Bolton is that influential midfielder Mark Davies is fit and should start. This is a massive boost especially in the absence of Holden who is out with a long term injury. Stoke are not looking in bad shape. Higginbotham may be out of this one, but Carew is in contention to start. Lucky charm Sorensen will return in goal as the official FA Cup keeper for Stoke and the fans will be hoping the luck continues. Tough call this one, over to Betto:

Betto: They don’t come much harder to call than this one; two sides, big lads, but both have enough in their lockers to score goals. I am hoping for an open game and lots of goals, but we don’t always get what we want. Usually my money would be on Bolton, but Stoke are going to be pushing all the way. Stoke have the more settled side, but with a few more Bolton players being used to the Wembley turf, I am going for a Bolton win – what a fitting tribute this would be to the late Nat Lofthouse. Other good bets could include Rodrigo to score at anytime, whilst if Carew features, he is worth a punt.


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  1. Kenny says:

    Lucky I didn’t bet on Arsenal as they were on Sunday and kept my FA Cup seperate, FA Cup was crazy results!

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