Aston Villa have been ranked as enormous underdogs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, with a price of 21/4 saying they book a place in the final.
In a competition famous for its tendency to throw up an upset and in a year when the number of shocks has been abnormally large, these are odds that surely warrant a flutter.
Those who are behind the favourites can get paid out at a flimsy 31/50, while there’s 14/5 available for those who fancy a draw, but neither wager should be given the time of day when there’s such a sizeable bounty on offer about Villa.
Prospective punters who invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the outcome can land £157.50 of pure profit if the Villans do the business and these factors are working in their favour.
They’ve beaten the Reds once already this season.
Their 1-0 victory earlier in the campaign was secured on enemy turf and under the guidance of anti-attack coach Paul Lambert.
To highlight the miraculous nature of this achievement further, they snared these particular spoils without key striker Christian Benteke and defensive lynchpin Jores Okore against a team who’d won eight of their previous ten home games at the time.
With Tim Sherwood at the helm, Villa are rejuvenated and have scored in all bar two of the matches he has been in charge of.
Liverpool’s record at the revamped Wembley isn’t great.
They’ve played at the venue three times since the towers were bulldozed and replaced by a massive arch and were it not for Andy Carroll’s strike three minutes from time in a 2-1 FA Cup semi triumph over Everton they would still be winless.
It took penalties to see off Cardiff in the 2010/11 Capital One Cup final when the scoreboard read 2-2 after regulation time and 30 minutes extra were completed, while they lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup equivalent of the same season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have been far from imperious in the competition this term.
Liverpool were massive favourites to best Championship twosome Bolton and Blackburn this season, yet they required replays and late goals to secure paths past both.
Excluding these replayed contests, they’ve been involved in 17 cup matches this term and have failed to win a staggering 11.
This staggering stat considered, Villa’s 13/10 to avoid a normal time loss must be backed.