Written 5th May 2021
Europa League Semi-Final Betting Tips
After two nights of Champions League action, it’s time for the Europa League to take centre stage on Thursday night. We’re into the semi-finals now, which is normally the time when Europe’s secondary competition becomes must-watch football. For the latest football betting odds for all Europa League matches, make sure to bet online with Bet UK, where you can also find live betting odds during all European matches. Make sure to head over to our promotions page for the latest free bets and offers available.
Roma (13/5) v Manchester United (41/50) - 20:00, Thursday 28th April
This tie is all but over following an explosive first leg at Old Trafford. After falling behind early on, Roma quickly fought back and found themselves 2-1 up at halftime. But, Manchester United came out flying in the second half. Edinson Cavani scored a brace, before Bruno Fernandes added his second. Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood also got in on the act and gave United a 6-2 lead heading into the second leg. Whilst it was a commanding victory, the 2 away goals from Roma can give them some hope. If they can get off to a strong start at the Stadio Olimpico, then those 2 away goals could be vital. But, if they have to go attacking from the outset, then they’ll be left very vulnerable at the back. That will play right into the hands of Man United, who have always had success playing on the counter. Add United’s stellar record away from home into the mix and there’s plenty of excitement still left in this tie. With both sides needing an early goal to aid their cause, we can see plenty of action in this game.
Arsenal (4/5) v Villarreal (3/1) - 20:00, Thursday 28th April
Compared to Roma and Man United, Arsenal’s tie with Villarreal is a lot more wide open. A sloppy start almost cost Arsenal dearly in the first leg, as they were 2-0 down with just under half an hour played. When Dani Ceballos was sent off early in the second half, it looked as though Arsenal’s European dream may be over. However a late Nicolas Pepe penalty, followed by an Etienne Capoue sending off for Villarreal, gave Arsenal plenty to play for back at the Emirates. Away goals are always vital at this stage in the competition, and Arsenal are arguably favourites thanks to that late effort. Neither side looked too threatening in the opening leg. Villarreal took advantage of Arsenal’s awful early set up, and it took a penalty for Arsenal to finally create a clear cut chance. With both sides likely cagey coming into this one, we can’t see many goals. We expect Arsenal will take a relatively early lead and simply sit back to absorb Villarreal pressure, knowing they shouldn’t be in too much trouble.
Past Europa League Betting Tips
Bet UK preview the 5th matchday of the group stage in the 20/21 Europa League.
Bet UK preview the 4th matchday of the group stage in the 20/21 Europa League.
We look ahead to the two Europa League semi finals in the 19/20 season.
Bet UK put together a 15/1 treble of Basel, Frankfurt and Roma all to win.
Bet UK boosted a 8/1 treble of Wolves, Rangers and Arsenal all to win.
FA Cup 4th Round Betting Tips
The FA Cup is back again this weekend, and the draw has kindly thrown up some cracking ties. We’ve got another North-West derby as Liverpool take on Manchester United, as well as more opportunities for giant killings up and down the country. The 5th round has also already been drawn, with added motivation for many sides ahead of a potentially easy run-in. For the latest football betting odds on all FA Cup matches, make sure to head over to Bet UK’s online betting.
FA Cup 4th Round Betting Treble
Southampton host Arsenal in one of the few all Premier League ties in Round 4 this weekend. Southampton breezed past Shrewsbury after a rearranged game finally took place on Tuesday, whilst Arsenal needed extra time to beat Newcastle in Round 3. It’ll be the second time these sides have met this season, following a 1-1 draw at the Emirates back in December. But that was a game that Southampton should have won, after 65% possession and 13 shots on Bernd Leno’s goal. Despite Arsenal picking up results recently, two of those wins have come against a dreadful Newcastle side, so it’s tough to see if they are indeed improving. We expect Southampton to edge out a tough tie here and make their way into the 5th round.
We backed Norwich to win in our FA Cup 3rd Round betting tips, and after success against Coventry, we are supporting them to repeat that feat against Barnsley. The Championship leaders head to Oakwell hoping to heap more misery on a Barnsley side that has struggled recently. Despite a good run over Christmas, Barnsley have suffered two losses in a row and have slipped away from the playoff places. With a top-six place pretty much inevitable for Norwich, they can afford to take a shot at the FA Cup. But for Barnsley, they might have to sacrifice this tie to get back on track in the league and hopefully sneak into the playoffs. Regardless of that, Norwich still have a better side and should beat Barnsley for the second time in 2021.
We take a look at another all Championship tie to finish off our treble, as Swansea host Nottingham Forest. Swansea are pushing Norwich closer than anyone at the top of the Championship. The Swans have lost just four times so far this season and are set to return to the Premier League. For Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, a return to the top flight looks further away than ever before. They are unbeaten in six, but still sit in 19th and similarly to Barnsley, we’ll likely see Forest prioritise their league campaign. Add the fact that Swansea have lost just once at the Liberty this year and we have to back the home side to progress.
Potential FA Cup Giant Killings
The FA Cup is most famous for its giant killings. Whenever a higher league side is drawn against lower league opposition, there are immediate talks of an upset and the ‘magic of the cup’. This year, we’ve picked up three potential games where the underdog could make it to the 5th round.
Chorley (18/1) v Wolves (1/9) - 19:45, Friday 23rd January
Just like in the last round when we discussed Marine v Tottenham, we’d be foolish to avoid looking at the lowest-ranked side in the competition when talking about giant killings. Chorley play their league football in the National League North, the 6th level of the English Football pyramid. They’ll take on Wolves on Friday night, hoping for better luck than Marine had in the 3rd round. Chorley themselves beat Derby in the 3rd round, with the Rams suffering from a COVID-19 outbreak. There might not be a similar situation at Wolves, but there is always a chance that an out of form Premier League side underperforms in a tie like this.
Brighton (21/50) v Blackpool (11/2) - 15:00, Saturday 23rd January
As we see so often at this stage of the FA Cup, there is every possibility that we see some Premier League sides sacrifice the FA Cup to focus on their league performance. Brighton look like a perfect example of a side that might do just that. Despite a bounceback performance against Leeds at the weekend, Brighton are still in serious trouble. They’ve looked poor for large parts of the year, and still haven’t won a game at the AMEX, apart from an EFL Cup game against Portsmouth. They even needed penalties to get past Newport in Round 3. Blackpool are hardly world-beaters in League One, but if there’s any Premier League side they would have fancied in Round 4, they definitely would have picked Brighton.
Bournemouth (1/5) v Crawley Town (7/2) - 15:00, Saturday 23rd January
Bournemouth have performed well in the Championship this season, but we’ve picked them to be potentially upset because of completely contrasting form with their opponents. Bournemouth have won just once in six games, whilst Crawley are unbeaten in their last eight league games. Crawley also have a history of ‘giant killings’ this year. In their three FA Cup wins, two of those have come against sides in higher divisions, including a 3-0 demolition of Leeds United last time out. Leeds might have made changes, but still fielded some first-team players, yet Crawley looked like the Premier League side. That performance has to give them confidence coming into Round 4, and with a chance to play against another Premier League side in Round 5, there’s plenty of motivation for the minnows.
FA Cup 4th Round Kick-Off Times
|Chorley v Wolves||22nd January||19:45||BT Sport 1|
|Southampton v Arsenal||23rd January||12:15||BT Sport 1|
|Brighton v Blackpool||23rd January||15:00||BT Sport Extra 3|
|Millwall v Bristol City||23rd January||15:00||BT Sport Extra 6|
|Barnsley v Norwich City||23rd January||15:00||BT Sport Extra 5|
|Sheffield United v Plymouth||23rd January||15:00||BBC iPlayer|
|West Ham v Doncaster||23rd January||15:00||BBC iPlayer|
|Bournemouth v Crawley Town||23rd January||15:00||BT Sport Extra 2|
|Swansea v Nottingham Forest||23rd January||15:00||BT Sport Extra 4|
|Cheltenham v Manchester City||23rd January||17:30||BBC One|
|Chelsea v Luton Town||24th January||12:00||BBC One|
|Fulham v Burnley||24th January||14:30||BT Sport 1|
|Brentford v Leicester City||24th January||14:30||BT Sport Extra 2|
|Manchester United v Liverpool||24th January||17:00||BBC One|
|Everton v Sheffield Wednesday||24th January||20:00||BT Sport 1|
|Wycombe v Tottenham||25th January||19:45||BT Sport 1|
FA Cup FAQs
Does The FA Cup Final Go To Penalties?
Yes, the FA Cup Final will go to penalties if the result is a draw after 90 minutes and extra time. However, there have only been 2 FA Cup Finals decided by a penalty shootout. They came in back to back years, as Arsenal beat Manchester United in 2005, and Liverpool beat West Ham in 2006.
Does The FA Cup Final Go To A Replay?
No, the FA Cup Final will be decided on the day. This has been the case since 1998, when the FA decided to introduce the penalty shootout, rather than a replay. Prior to that change, there were 14 occasions where the FA Cup Final went to a replay, with the last time being Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.
Who Won The First FA Cup Final?
The first FA Cup Final was won by Wanderers, in a 1-0 win against Royal Engineers. That final took place in 1872, making this year the 148th FA Cup Final. Full back Morton Betts was the scorer that day, becoming the first ever player to score in a FA Cup Final.
Previous FA Cup Betting Tips
It's time for another round of the FA Cup, with even more opportunities for a potential upset across the country.
Bet UK look ahead to the 3rd round of the FA Cup with a 8/1 boosted treble and 3 potential giant killings.
Get the latest betting tips ahead of the biggest tie of the FA Cup 4th round, as 13 time winners Arsenal host Manchester United.
Bet UK have boosted 3 potential giant killings in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Bet UK's online sportsbook has the latest FA Cup betting odds on all matches this weekend.
Bet UK take a look at 3 teams that could shock Premier League opposition in this weekend's FA Cup fixtures. Bet UK's online sportsbook has the latest FA Cup betting odds on all matches this weekend.
Is there a giant killing on the cards at Bloomfield Road? Bet UK bring you the latest FA Cup betting tips ahead of Blackpool v Arsenal on Saturday 5th January.