Although not usually in July, FA Cup semi final weekend is one that football fans from all over the world look forward to. Under normal circumstances, the two games would be played in front of sell-out attendances at Wembley Stadium.
This time around, things are slightly different, with no fans in attendance, but that shouldn’t stop us from having two great games.
FA Cup Semi Final Betting
With a place in the final on the line and four of the biggest teams in world football taking place, these two games are going to be very popular with those who bet on football.
It also means that we are going to see a lot of free bet offers for the games.
Welcome offers are a great way to get free bets for the games. Many bookmakers offer these or bonus funds to new players who sign up, meaning you can sign up and claim free bets ahead of the weekend.
Elsewhere, look out for enhanced odds offers on teams to win, money back offers and in play betting offers, all of which will be available for those who are looking to bet.
The regular betting markets will be available for this game alongside plenty of special bets and markets on who will make the final. If you are looking to place one bet to cover the weekend, a market such as predicting who the finalists will be is certainly an option.
So, if you have your free bets ready to use, where should you place them on the games?
Arsenal vs Manchester City – Saturday
The first semi final takes place on Saturday evening when Arsenal take on Manchester City. These teams met in the first game after restart, with City running out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Arsenal have improved since then and should be able to put up more of a fight against City here. Both teams like to attack, so this should be a very open game with a lot of scoring chances.
Bets such as both teams to score and over 2.5 goals look the way to go here. Arsenal didn’t score at the Etihad, but they have scored in every game since that day.
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Sunday
Prior to the break, Manchester United were not as free flowing as their fans wanted them to be but since the break they have come back and scored for fun. They have 17 goals in their six Premier League games since return, while Chelsea have 12.
That means Chelsea average two per game and Manchester United average very close to three. This may be a game to go even bigger on the goals, looking at lines such as over 3.5 or combining both teams to score and over 2.5 goals if you want to add a bit of extra value.
Both conceded too, Manchester United have conceded four goals from their last three games while Chelsea are even worse with eight goals conceded from their last four.
Goals seem inevitable in what should be a great game to watch and one that offers plenty of options from a betting point of view.
FA Cup Final 1st August
The winners from the semi finals this weekend will move forward to take their place in the FA Cup final, which will be at Wembley Stadium on August 1st.
Manchester City have won the league cup already this season, this would give them a cup double while Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all without silverware.
The FA Cup final is considered one of the biggest football betting events on the calendar and a day that many fans look forward to.