BetVictor column: Premier League giants clash in FA Cup highlight

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The FA Cup quarter-finals are the weekend football highlight although the outstanding tie between Manchester United and holders Arsenal does not take place until Monday night on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival, which is the racing highlight of the year.

United are 29/20 to knock the holders out of the cup in 90 minutes, with the Gunners 2/1 and the draw 5/2 at BetVictor.

Both sides know this is their only realistic chance of silverware this season and we bet 17/20 that United reach the semi-finals and Evens Arsenal.

Having backed Liverpool earlier in the year to lift the trophy at Wembley on Steven Gerrard’s 35th birthday (May 30), I would not usually be interested in backing the Reds again at 2/1, but they have a very favourable tie at home to Blackburn at the weekend and are currently head and shoulders above any other side left in the competition.

Liverpool don’t need any luck in the, hopefully, next three ties.

They can still be backed at 2/1 with BetVictor for the cup and that still looks value in my opinion.

United are 5/2 to win a record 12th cup success with Arsenal 10/3 to retain the trophy; note it would also be the Gunners’ 12th cup triumph.

Blackburn Rovers are the visitors to Anfield on Sunday and they have won the cup on no fewer than six previous occasions although you are unlikely to remember their last success given it was back in 1884.

Liverpool are 1/3 to take care of the Championship outfit in 90 minutes and 20/23 to lead at both half-time and full-time. The latter is the recommendation.

England meet Bangladesh in a must-win cricket World Cup encounter on Monday and Eoin Morgan’s side are 2/7 with Bangladesh, who meet Scotland on Thursday, 5/2.

Morgan continues to disappoint and we have stumbled from one unfortunate scenario where the ex-captain Alastair Cook wasn’t good enough to get in the ODI side to the present scenario where the current skipper looks as if he has never picked a bat up in his life.

Australia are 7/4 favourites to win the tournament despite losing their group game with New Zealand, who are the same price (3/1) as South Africa.

All things being equal these three outstanding sides will be in the semi-finals with India (6/1) looking by far the most likely side to make up the last four.

The Premier League of darts is in Exeter on Thursday evening for week five and a resurgent Raymond van Barneveld will be looking for a first-ever win against Kim Huybrechts, who has won all six of their previous encounters.

Barney is the reigning PL champion and is 11/10 to beat the Belgian for the first time with Huybrechts 13/8 and the draw 7/2.

For all betting odds check out BetVictor.com