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2019 FA Cup Betting Odds, Semi-Finals Game Previews

The oldest soccer competition in the world, the FA Cup, is entering its semifinal stage this weekend; Manchester City takes on Brighton on Saturday at 10:30 am EST while Watford and the Wolverhampton Wolves are set to battle on Sunday at 9 AM EST.

Manchester City is closing in on history in this tournament – Should they win the FA cup this year, they will be one step closer to being the first team to win every competition it has entered in a single season. They currently sit atop the Premier League standings, have reached the Final Eight of this year’s Champions League and have already won the League Cup. No other team has ever won all four in a single season.

While Brighton may not be the most challenging obstacle in this semifinal – they have only beaten City once in their last 11 matches- they are still a plucky team that overcame a two-goal deficit against Millwall in the final minutes and won on penalty kicks.

These two teams last met in the FA Cup back in 1983. The Seagulls won that game.

Meanwhile, City has won 14 of their last 15 games, including their last 5 Premier League matches. Brighton has only had one victory in their last top ten flight matches.

It will be a huge upset if Brighton pulls off a victory. Currently, City is favored by a large margin (-724 money line, u3¼-123 total, -2¼-110 goals) compared to Brighton (+2188 money line, o3¼+103 total, +2¼-110 goals).

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On Sunday a much more closely contested matchup takes place with Wolverhampton taking on Watford. These two teams have met each other eight times in previous FA cups, with the Wolves winning six of the seven.

However, Watford has only lost one of their last five matches against the Wolves (W2, D2), and that was back in 2014.

The last time the Wolves made the semifinal was in 1988, and have not played in a final in 59 years.

This time around the odds favor Wolverhampton (+148 money line, o2¼-113 total, -¼+106 goals) over the Hornets (+213 money line, u2¼-107, total, +¼-126 goals). Still, it stands to be a close game as both teams are healthy and have enjoyed success recently. They are separated by only a point in the Premier League Standings.

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The last time the two teams met was in the Premier League play earlier this season when Watford beat the Wolves 2-0.

Watford is coming off a dominant performance against Fulham last Tuesday in which they won 4-1. Wolverhampton’s previous game was against Manchester United that same day. They won that match 2-1 after Man U’s Ashley Young was given a red card in the 57th minute.

The Wolves recently signed Mexican striker Raul Jimenez from Benfica to a four-year deal. Jimenez has 15 goals this season, and the team wanted to make sure that he was confident in his standing heading into the final part of the season.