Tue, Feb 20, 10:55am by Staff Writer
A true FA Cup upset has seen Wigan advance to the quarter finals of the tournament at the expense of Manchester City. Will Grigg’s goal ten minutes from the final whistle ended City’s hopes of an incredible quadruple trophy haul for the season. They stand at $51 to go on and win the FA Cup.
Manchester United eased into the quarter finals courtesy of goals either side of half time from Romelu Lukaku. All the focus after the match though was on the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), that was utilised to rule out a Juan Mata goal from a dubious offside decision. Despite that United were able to book a tie at home against Brighton in the next Round as they look to add a 13th FA Cup victory to the history books. They stand at $3.
Brighton cruised past League Two Coventry with a 3-1 victory, although they stand at $26 as they now face the trip to Old Trafford in the quarter finals hoping for an FA Cup upset.
League One club Rochdale produced an emphatic display to force Tottenham Hotspur into a replay. Although they currently sit bottom of the league, Rochdale were able to secure a last-minute equaliser at their home ground much to the dismay of Spurs. The EPL side had fallen behind late in the first half and needed to bring on some of their star players to get themselves back in the game. They could do nothing though about Steve Davies’ 93rd minute strike.
Spurs remain in the running to win the FA Cup though priced at $3.50 with Rochdale at $251.
The winner of that replay will be rewarded with an away tie against Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City – who will also require a replay as they fought out a goalless draw at Hillsborough.
Chelsea ran riot against Championship side Hull City as they scored four first half goals. Willian dominated the contest for the home side and fired in two more goals to add to his tally for the season. They stand at $4.33 to win a trophy that they last lifted in the 2011-12 season. This could well be their best chance for silverware as they are well off the pace in the EPL and face Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16.
A battling 1-0 win for Leicester City over Sheffield United set up a quarter final clash with EPL rivals Chelsea. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game, as Leicester struggled to break down a much-changed Sheffield United side. The Championship side frustrated their opponents throughout but could not hold on to secure a replay. Leicester is priced at $8 to add the FA Cup to their recent shock EPL success in the 2015-16 season.
Southampton set up a tie with Wigan following their 2-1 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns. A goal in each half was enough to get them over the line, despite Salomon Rondon drawing a goal back for the hosts, Southampton held on for the win. They are now in unfamiliar territory after reaching the last eight for the first time since 2005 and stand at $10 to win the tournament.
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