After an easy win over Barnsley, Manchester City are the favourites for the FA Cup but will meet either Manchester United or Chelsea in the semi-final after the draw threw up a great chance for Wigan Athletic, who defeated Everton and will face either Blackburn Rovers or Millwall for a place in the final.
Carlos Tevez put a difficult week off the pitch behind him as he hit a hat-trick in Manchester City 5-0 thrashing of Barnsley at the Etihad. The Premier League champions have been cut from 7/4 to 7/5 for the FA Cup, but they face a Wembley semi-final date with either Manchester United or Chelsea after the pair played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
Goals from Javier Hernandez and the recalled Wayne Rooney gave United a 2-0 lead inside just 11 minutes, but second half strikes from Eden Hazard and Ramires earned Chelsea a fully deserved replay at Stamford Bridge. The bookies at bwin make Sir Alex Ferguson’s 3/1 to lift the cup, while Rafa Benitez’s team are 4/1.
The performance of the weekend belonged to Wigan Athletic, who beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park to reach their first ever FA Cup semi-final. Three goals in three first half minutes from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez gave the Latics a well-earned but surprising victory, and Roberto Martinez’s side are now 5/1 to win their first ever major trophy after being handed a semi-final against Championship opposition.
Millwall and Blackburn Rovers played out a 0-0 draw at the Den in a scrappy match and must go at it again at Ewood Park on Wednesday. Rovers are 22/1 to win the FA Cup, while Kenny Jackett’s men are 40/1 outsiders.