Man City v Arsenal
FA Cup Semi Final
Saturday 18th July 2020
Man City have had a very good week even though they have only played 90 Minutes this week. They were given a European Reprive on Monday as there 2 year ban from European Football was over turned upon appeal and they are free to continue competing at europe’s top table. This will now end all speculation about manager Pep Guardiola or any of his star players who may have been contemplating leaving if the ban had been upheld. On the pitch they beat relegation threatened Bournemouth on Wednesday by two goals to one. With the Carabao Cup already in the City Trophy Cabinet this is the next step towards more silverware.
City have had an easy ride to the semi final stage with a 4-1 win over Port Vale in round 3 followed by a 4-0 home win over Fulham before they comfortably beat Sheffield Wednesday in the 5th round despite the 1-0 scoreline. In the Quarter Finals they never looked in danger as they dispatched Newcastle at Sj James Park 2-0. City are chasing a 3rd FA Cup in 10 years having won the trophy in 2010/11 and last year when they thrashed Watford 6-0. Sergio Aguero will again be missing at Wembley as will Claudio Bravo and Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy face late fitness tests before Guardiola names his side.
Since the resumption of the season Man City are the one team who have consistently being able to hit top form, the have blown away Burnley (5-0) Newcastle (5-0) Liverpool (4-0) and Brighton (5-0) and they are strong favourites to make it 2 Consecutive Cup Finals forthe first time ever. Best price on a City win in 90 Minutes is 6/1 with 888Sport (New Customers). Raheem Sterling has been in goal scoring form in recent weeks and the England International is Evens to score anytime in the Semi Final (90 Mins) with Betfred.
Arsenal continue to improve under Mikel Arteta and the early signs of his reign at The Emirates are positive after so many mediocre seasons. One thing he has really improved is how the team defend, they have gone from averaging 13 shots against before his appointment to now just 8 per game. There are still individual errors that they need to get out of the team but they have a shape and are not as easy to play against. That was clearly evident in midweek when they beat Champions Liverpool 2-1 at The Emirates. Liverpool dominated much of the match but Arsenal never buckled and were able to take the opportunities that Liverpool gifted to them.
The Gunners were fortunate to get past Leeds Utd in the 3rd round with a 1-0 win at The Emirates despite being second best for much of the match but they were the better team in round 4 when they beat Bournemouth 2-1 on the South Coast. Round 5 was a tricky looking tie away at Portsmouth but they came through it unscathed with a 2-0 win and earned themselves another away game in the Quarter Final at Sheffield Utd. Despite conceding a late equaliser they managed to go up the other end and Dani Ceballos scored 3 minutes into injury time to snatch a 2-1 win. Arteta has some issues ahead of this tie with Bernd Leno (knee injury), Calum Chambers (knee injury), Gabriel Martinelli (knee injury). Mesut Ozil (back problem) and Pablo Mari (ankle) are all ruled out. Matteo Guendozi is unlikely to feature and Edward Nketiah is suspended.
Arsenal have an excellent recent record in the FA Cup winning 3 cups in 4 years between 2013/14 – 2016-17 and they hold the record with 13 wins overall. Arsenal have lost the last 7 matches against Man City but with improved form and full of confidence the 66/1 with 888Sport (New Customers) is definitely some value. Alex Lacazette has played second fiddle to Eddie Nketiah under Arteta but whilst Nketiah has been suspended Lacazette has really taken his chance and scored in 3 of the last 4 games against Wolves, Tottenham and Liverpool. The France International will again start at Wembley and is 3/1 to score anytime with Betfred
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