This weekend sees Arsenal face Reading and Aston Villa take on Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals. Arsene Wenger’s side are just 90 minutes away from back-to-back cup finals but Steve Clarke’s Championship outfit will be no slouches and are likely to give the Gunners a tough contest. Meanwhile, Liverpool face a rejuvenated Aston Villa side who are extremely dangerous and are in good form. We take a look at five of the top betting tips for the weekend’s matches and discuss our thoughts on the games.
Both teams to score and Liverpool to win
Both sides have scored goals in recent weeks, with Villa scoring in five of their last six matches while the Reds have scored in eight consecutive games. Meanwhile, Tim Sherwood’s side have kept just two clean sheets in 10 matches and do tend to ship goals. A wager on both teams to score and a Liverpool win could be a smart bet.
Steven Gerrard to score at anytime
The Liverpool captain will secure a date with destiny if the Reds win, and the FA Cup final – his last game for the Reds – will be played on his 35th birthday. It would be typical of the Liverpool stalwart to pop up with a crucial goal and send his side through to the final.
Olivier Giroud to score first and Arsenal to win 2-0
The Frenchman has been bang in form throughout the second half of the season, and the Gunners forward has been pivotal – scoring plenty of goals in 2015. Arsenal are likely to dominate possession and may find it tough to break Reading down, but Giroud is more than capable of making the breakthrough and the Gunners should catch the Royals on the break.
Arsenal to be winning at half-time and full-time
If the Gunners manage to break Reading down early, there is definitely the potential for Arsenal to cruise to victory and win by a comfortable margin. Wenger’s side could have the tie won by half-time if they perform well in the first half and this would be worth a gamble.
Raheem Sterling to score first and Liverpool to win 3-1
The Liverpool winger has been in the press this week for the wrong reasons and this would be the perfect opportunity to regain his reputation. Sterling is one of the most talented footballers in the Premier League right now, and the 20-year-old has the ability to control a game. This bet would certainly add a bit of value, and has a good chance if he starts as the main striker in place of Daniel Sturridge. For more tips and odds, you can visit here.