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Five top betting tips for FA Cup semi-finals

Reading face Arsenal before Aston Villa take on Liverpool at Wembley this weekend

Ahead of a weekend of FA Cup semi-final action, where Wembley hosts Reading against Arsenal and then Aston Villa versus Liverpool, we provide five top tips of bets to take.

The following markets are all in 90 minutes…

Reading v Arsenal: Total goals over 4.5 – 18/5 with BetVictor
Given that these two teams’ last three head-to-heads have produced a whopping total of 24 goals, this match virtually guarantees to be a hit.

The most famous of those meetings was in the Capital One Cup in 2012, when Reading stormed to a 4-0 lead after 37 minutes, before the Gunners fought back to win 7-5 after extra time.

Theo Walcott scores two or more v Reading – 10/1 with Betfair
Fit-again Walcott has a great record against the club he was brought up near, Reading, and got a crucial hat-trick in that 7-5 thriller.

He netted just before half-time to make the score 4-1 that day, then followed up by levelling up to 4-4 in the 90th minute. He was the hero once more right at the death in extra time, as he effectively fired in the winner.

Hal Robson-Kanu scores anytime v Arsenal – 8/1 with BetFred
Welsh winger Robson-Kanu has been the Royals’ key player this campaign in the FA Cup, having netted three times to help the Championship club to the semis.

He also has a goal to his name against Arsenal in the Premier League, and is a good shout to score again.

Liverpool win to nil v Aston Villa – 7/4 with SkyBet
Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his side to salvage something from the season, after slipping away from the top four, but has a great chance of reaching the FA Cup final against the Villans.

Incredibly, in the last six FA Cup meetings between Liverpool and Aston Villa, the Reds have won all of them to nil.

Christian Benteke scores first v Liverpool – 8/1 with William Hill
However, there is one man that can stop that run. Big Belgian striker Benteke has struck four in his last five games against Liverpool, and is currently in terrific form, having fired in eight times in his previous six Premier League encounters.

In two meetings with the Reds, he has got the first goal, and is a great shout with William Hill to do so once more.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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