Realistically, Manchester City’s victory at Manchester United in the Premier League last Monday changes nothing in terms of the title race, however what it will undoubtedly do is fill Roberto Mancini’s men with confidence and subsequently it can also act as a springboard to propel City to an FA Cup semi-final victory against Chelsea at Wembley this aftenoon.
Stan James price the 2011 winners at 7/5 to end the Blues impressive unbeaten run in FA Cup ties while Rafa Benitez’s charges are 23/10 via BetVictor to emerge triumphant in normal time and it’s 5/2 courtesy of bet365 to finish all square but although the stalemate is set to prove popular, alongside a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 (William Hill), Mancini’s side are hard to oppose on the back of their Old Trafford success.
Nevertheless, a close encounter seems likely, lending appeal to Paddy Power’s 16/5 posted against a City triumph by one and BetVictor quote odds of 19/2 for them to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline, just as they did against their neighbours a few days ago.
Sergio Aguero has come off the bench in City’s last couple but must surely be pushing for a start following his winner against United. The Argentine striker catches the eye in the first scorer betting then at 6/1 (Coral) and Ladbrokes chalk Aguero up at 7/4 to notch at any point.