There will be no Wayne Rooney for the FA Cup semi final derby between Manchester United and Manchester City on Saturday, but that suspension hasn't really affected the odds for the match at Sportsbook.ag.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United
Manchester City - +250
Manchester United - Even
Draw - +240
Over/Under 2.5 goals (Over -111 / Under -125) - the lines have shifted, see the latest at Sportsbook.ag
This is the big semifinals match up and it is the first one since 1926 where both clubs from Manchester will be playing in the semis of the FA Cup. The security for this match is a concern with thousands of fans from each club coming to Wembley Stadium and on the same weekend as this matches in London is the London Marathon and big Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool.
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Maybe a few hooligans in the English capital on the weekend of April 16th and 17th.
Manchester City's offense has struggled lately and the main reason is the play of star striker Carlos Tevez. He is dealing with an injury, but should be ready for Man U. In the EPL he is the 2nd leading goal scored with 18 goals as of March 28th and the next leading scorer for the club only had 6.
City's defense will be tested by a Man U offense that has scored the most goals in the EPL this season. In league play these 2 rivals have played twice with Manchester united winning one and the other ending in a 0-0 draw.
Stoke City vs. Bolton
Stoke City - +200
Bolton - +125
Draw - +230
Over/Under 2.5 goals (Over -111 / Under -125) -
It is a little bit of a surprise that these clubs are vying for a spot in the FA Cup finals. Both are having pretty good seasons, but each will likely not finish high enough for Champions League play next season. However, a spot in the FA Cup finals would be a major highlight for each club. [ More details on FA Cup Odds and matchup stats ]
In the two matches that these teams played against each other this season in the EPL each won on their home turf. Bolton beat Birmingham 3-2 in the FA Cup quarterfinals and in their previous 4 FA Cup matches they did not give up one goal. Stoke City has scored 5 goals in their last 2 FA Cup matches.
Bolton recently lost MF Stuart Holden for around 6 months and he has been solid this season and will be missed in this FA Cup semifinal match.
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