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

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:03 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 4:03 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><b>Hull City Have Prem Credentials<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Hull City enter the semis as the hot favourites at <a target="_blank" title="Live Soccer Betting Odds" href="http://www.sbrodds.com">-150 to win outright on the soccer odds board</a> 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.</span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>Sheffield United Who?<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a target="_blank" title="FA Cup Semi-Final Picks &amp; Tips for Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal" href="/soccer/free-picks/fa-cup-semi-final-picks-tips-wigan-athletic-vs-arsenal-a-38791/"><em>FA Cup Semi-Final Picks &amp; Tips for Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal</em></a></p> <p><b>Soccer Betting Verdict<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="Soccer Picks: Premier League Betting Futures" href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-premier-league-betting-futures-a-38084/">Premier League credentials</a> 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.</span></p> <p>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 <a target="_blank" title="Free Soccer Picks &amp; Betting Tips" href="/soccer/">our soccer picks</a>. You decide. </p> <p><b>Soccer Free Picks: </b>Hull City to win outright at -150</p>
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