Manchester City have been installed as strong favourites to win the FA Cup after seeing off Chelsea to book a final date with Wigan Athletic.
Goals from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero were enough to give Roberto Mancini’s men a well-deserved 2-1 semi-final triumph over the Blues and vindicate our pre-match faith in them.
City will now aim to lift the trophy for the second time in three years and the 2011 winners are as short as 9/50 to get the job done by any means required.
Wigan, for their part, were comfortable winners in Saturday’s first semi-final against Millwall – again, as we suggested they would be on these pages.
Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman grabbed the goals as the Latics secured a maiden FA Cup final appearance and – barring a spectacular collapse by City in the final weeks of the Premier League season – European qualification for the first time in their history.
Roberto Martinez’s charges are rated as 7/2 outsiders by the bookmakers at bwin to prevail at the national stadium on May 11th.
New bwin customers who back Wigan to claim their first-ever major trophy with their free £20 bet after registering would pocket £90 if successful.
There is slightly more value to be found in the 3Way market, where City are 17/50 to win inside the 90 minutes, with the draw available at 15/4 and the Latics out at a lengthy-looking 7/1.
In the immediate future, a quirk of the fixture computer means the two sides will play out a Premier League dress rehearsal for their Wembley showpiece at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, Wigan are even longer at 11/1 to inflict only a second home league defeat of the season on the champions, who are 11/50 favourites (the draw is 5/1).
We will be taking a much better look at that game from a betting perspective tomorrow, so be sure to check back to news.bwin.com/en/ for all the best statistics and tips.