FA Cup semi-finals: Liverpool the favourites to secure cup double
Andy Carroll was the match winner for Liverpool against Everton in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final and, prior to the second semi-final, bookmakers William Hill made him 8/1 to score the last goal of the match in the final.
After Carroll's late heroics, William Hill were also offering 12/1 that the striker is named official man of the match in the final, and made Liverpool the 6/5 favourites to win the FA Cup - with Spurs 2/1 and Chelsea 9/4.
Luis Suarez was named man of the match in Liverpool's semi-final triumph and was installed at 8/1 afterwards to receive the award again in the final.
“Andy Carroll was knocking on the door all day and his goal was much deserved,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “His current purple patch may have come too late for an England call up but, despite this, we think he could have a say in the final.”
Spurs are 4/5 favourites to meet Liverpool in the final, with Chelsea rated 10/11.
After the late drama at Wembley on Saturday, 4/1 is offered that Sunday’s winners come from behind to win the match. With the match almost too close to call, there is 6/1 available for the game to go to penalties.
FA Cup - top tips (after first semi-final):
- Suarez to be named official man of match in final – 8/1
- Andy Carroll to be named official man of match in final – 12/1
- Caroll in England squad for summer – 3/1 YES 2/9 NO
- Winner of second semi-final to come from behind to win in 90 minutes – 4/1
- Carroll to score first or last in final - 8/1
- FA Cup outright: 6/5 Liverpool; 2/1 Spurs; 9/4 Chelsea
FA CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Both games at Wembley Stadium
Saturday 14th April (kick-off 12:30)
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Sunday 15th April (kick-off 18:00)
Tottenham vs Chelsea
The FA Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5th May