Aston Villa v Liverpool – Wembley at 15:00 live on BT Sport 1
So, we already know which team is lying in wait in the FA Cup Final, but will it be Aston Villa or Liverpool that joins them in the showcase event at Wembley on May 30th?
We give you the professional’s Asian handicap betting insight so you can bet like a pro and profit from the match as well as enjoying the spectacle of the world’s greatest cup competition.
The Premier League clash in this second semi-final should be an absorbing contest, with Aston Villa having improved vastly under new manager Tim Sherwood and holding a decent enough record against their illustrious opponents.
Villa always seem to give Liverpool a tough match, even if they don’t necessarily win that often, they are very rarely outclassed by the Merseysiders. In the previous ten meetings between the two sides the Villans record reads W3 D2 L5 and they shared the spoils in the league this season with an away win each.
Sherwood’s team are in the midst of a fight for their Premier League lives at the moment but their recent form is not great. Five wins from their previous ten in all competitions and they were without a win in three until the moral boosting 1-0 away win at Tottenham last week.
Brendan Rodgers has also been having a tough time of it lately and may feel like he should be relaxing with a little puff on a shisha pipe too! The Reds had been on an amazing run of form which looked likely to get them back into the top four and the Champions League again next season.
However, successive confidence crushing defeats against top four rivals Manchester United and then Arsenal put a huge dent in their ambitions to remain at Europe’s top table for another year. But, the Red’s recovered quickly to win their next two games without conceding and look ready to take their place in the final.
Absent and returning players could play a huge part in this match because Villa have several players racing to be fit in time for the game. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Scott Sinclair, Alan Hutton and Charles Gil are all doubts for the match, while Carlos Sanchez is suspended.
Liverpool on the other hand have both Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard, who could be playing his last ever FA Cup match, returning from their bans but could still be missing Mamadou Sakhl and Jordan Ibe, not to mention Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.
The Asian handicap betting line for Liverpool is set at -1 which is a line they have covered eight times in the league this season but are yet to fully cover in the FA Cup, despite playing lower league opposition in all but one of the previous rounds.
Aston Villa have had an awful season but have won each of their FA Cup games with relative ease and without the need for any replays. Finally, Christian Benteke is back on form after a largely barren season in front of goal and he has a habit of causing Liverpool real problems.
Our tissue has this one priced up much closer than the bookies and with Villa getting a one goal head start we simple have to back the underdog’s to keep this one close, if not come out triumphant.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Aston Villa +1 at 1.96
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