Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 FA Cup
Published: 13:26 17/04/2015
Relegation threatened Aston Villa take on Premier League top-four hopefuls Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday 19th April, find out how to get more from your football betting with bet365.
The Villans boosted their chances of beating the drop with a hard-earned 0-1 victory over Tottenham at Tim Sherwood's old stomping ground last time out and he'll be hoping to guide his new club to their first FA Cup Final since 2000. Aston Villa have benefited from home ties along the way to beat Blackpool, Bournemouth, Leicester and local rivals West Brom to set up this date at Wembley.
Liverpool never looked troubled when beating Newcastle 2-0 on Monday night to keep their top-four hopes alive and Brendan Rogers will be asking his side to switch their focus to the FA Cup and a potential shot at some silverware. The Reds have been unconvincing at times on the way to setting up this match, with a narrow victory over AFC Wimbledon prior to needing a replay to get past Bolton before beating Crystal Palace and needing another replay to advance at the expense of Blackburn Rovers.
The sides have already met twice in the Premier League this season, with Aston Villa claiming an against the odds 0-1 victory at Anfield, before Liverpool got their revenge with a 0-2 triumph at Villa Park.
With the match being shown live on BT Sport 1 at 3.00pm on Sunday, plenty of punters will be having a bet on the game and both casual and professional gamblers can get more from their betting by using some of the football offers on bet365.
Bore Draw Money Back
5 of the previous 32 meetings between these sides have ended scoreless and Liverpool have contested two bore-draws already in this competition, so while it's fingers crossed for an entertaining game, a dull stalemate is a real possibility.
Nobody likes to sit through a boring match and it's even worse when a drab game ruins your bet, but if the game does end 0-0, punters staking on the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Scorecast markets for Aston Villa v Liverpool will at least have their bets protected by a refund of losing stakes at bet365 thanks to the firm's bore-draw promotion.
Each-Way First Goalscorers
A feature of Aston Villa's resurgence under Tim Sherwood has been the return to form of imposing striker Christian Benteke who has scored an impressive 8 goals in his last 6 appearances. The Belgian will therefore be a popular First Goalscorer selection for this match along with Gabriel Agbonlahor who grabbed the only goal when these sides met at Anfield and has been in fair form with 3 goals in his last 6, though the latter is a doubt for the game through injury.
Should Agbonlahor miss out then Andreas Weimann could enter calculations at a favourable price, while 19-year old Jack Grealish could be fielded behind the front two with Carlos Sanchez missing out through suspension and may get a few shooting opportunities.
Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert got the goals in Liverpool's latest victory over Villa, but neither of that pair are likely to feature and it's Raheem Sterling who will attract the attention of punters after moving on to 11 goals for the season when opening the scoring against Newcastle last time out.
Daniel Sturridge has fitness to prove, so is perhaps best overlooked with Philippe Coutinho likely to give the Villa defenders a difficult afternoon and Jordan Henderson also worth a market check given his contribution of goals from midfield this season.
A great feature at bet365 is the ability to back each-way first goalscorers, settled on all goalscorers at 1/3 odds for unlimited places in 90 minutes play. It means that you can have an each-way First Goalscorer bet on Aston Villa v Liverpool and be safe in the knowledge that, if your player scores anytime during the game, bet365 will pay you out.
There is another safety net offered by bet365, with the option to Cash Out your bet in-play if the game looks to be going against your bet, or you just want to be sure of a profit.
With this feature you can Cash Out a bet in its entirety or you can partially Cash Out your bet, whilst leaving the remainder of your stake to run. If you're heading for a winning bet but the other team is threatening to score, you can cut and run with the returns that bet365 offer at that time by clicking on the Cash Out button located below your selection(s).
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