FA Cup Semi-Final Predictions for Hull City vs Sheffield United

Nila Amerova

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:03 PM GMT

Hull City take on Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-finals, a wide open affair despite the soccer betting odds. Join us as we breakdown this matchup and deliver our free soccer picks for your consideration.

Hull City Have Prem Credentials
Hull City enter the semis as the hot favourites at -150 to win outright on the soccer odds board and at -333 futures betting odds to advance into the final at the expense of League One upstarts Sheffield United. They are also the second favourites in the competition proper at +350 to win outright behind top favourites Arsenal at -225 in futures betting markets at Bet365.

Underscoring the Tigers’ favourable odds across the board is their Premier League credentials. Occupying a coveted spot in England’s top-flight league gives them the air of superiority over the lesser clubs in the competition. And helping along their cause in the overarching market is the auspicious fortune of drawing a winnable semi-final against Sheffield United. Had they drawn either Arsenal or Wigan in the semis, the market would have looked very different.

Hull City’s league deposit this season is a modest one. Sitting in 12th place, on the back of a 10-6-17 record and 36 points, and with just five games left on the season a return to top-flight action all but assured, there’s nothing to distract them from this competition. They can focus their attentions fully, even dream of winning it all.

Dismiss them at your peril, so to speak. The Tigers have raised eyebrows on several occasions over the course of the season. Most notably, they beat current league leaders Liverpool 3-1 and held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Kingston Communications Stadium. They also put in an impressive 6-0 performance against the hapless Fulham, one of several clean sheets against lesser opposition including a 4-0 win over Cardiff City and 2-0 wins over both Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

 

Sheffield United Who?
Sheffield United are enjoying a Cinderella run through the competition and they’ve done so at the expense of so-called better opposition en route to the semis. They dumped two Premier League clubs in the early rounds – Aston Villa (Round 3) and Fulham (Round 4) – the latter required a replay which Sheffield United won 1-0 in Extra Time. And they beat Championship sides Nottingham Forrest 3-1 in the fifth round and Charlton Athletic 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

Despite their commendable run however they are a third-tier club after all and, as such, they are listed as the quintessential long shots in the competition proper at +1600 to win outright despite having a 50-50 chance of reaching the final.

As far as their semi-final date with Hull City is concerned, they are the underdogs going into Wembley Stadium matched at +425 to win outright and at +240 to advance into the final.

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Soccer Betting Verdict
Undoubtedly, soccer betting trends are leaning towards Hull City to win this match at -150 soccer odds. But it’s still one of the biggest games in the club’s history, a chance to reach their first major final of a competition. So despite their Premier League credentials there’s a lot of pressure and expectation riding on the outcome of this match. It’s not a given that they’ll rise to the occasion.

Looking at Sheffield United’s progress through the competition on the other hand, they have everything to play for and – to borrow the tired cliché, nothing to lose. A semi-final is the doorway to a major final, and the Blades have just a 50-50 chance in reality to advance. It’s just as much of an opportunity as it is for Hull City to reach a major final, one that neither side may get anytime soon. So you could say Sheffield United in a way offers just as much value in the outright win market at +450 as does Hull City at -150 for our soccer picks. You decide.

Soccer Free Picks: Hull City to win outright at -150