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5 bets from the FA Cup and Premier League to consider this weekend

Plenty of action to look forward to this weekend with FA Cup semi-final action on top of another exciting Premier League weekend.

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1. Marcus Rashford to score first against Everton and Man Utd to win 1-0 (25/1)

ONLY ONE GOAL separated these two sides when they met in the league at the start of the month in an instantly forgettable encounter but both Roberto Martinez and Louis Van Gaal will believe that lifting the famous trophy will be a passage to keeping their job for another season.

United have kept four clean sheets in their last six games while Marcus Rashford has been the first goalscorer in the last four games he has scored in (against Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal) and could be the difference again as the Red Devils look to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.

2. Watford to need a penalty shootout to get past Crystal Palace (9/1)

Neither Crystal Palace nor Watford come into this semi-final in a rich vein of form, with both clubs having one eye on this fixture since the draw was made nearly a month ago.

Palace have picked up just six points from their last six games since their quarter-final victory over Reading while Quique Sánchez Flores’ side have won just four points in their last five games since shocking Arsenal in the last round. Sunday could be a cautious affair with both sides looking to keep it tight, expect Watford to edge past Palace after 120 minutes.

3. Liverpool to beat Newcastle and 1 or 2 total goals in the match (10/3)

Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their last three home matches but expect Rafa Benitez’s side to put up a stern fight as he returns to Anfield.

The Reds have a midweek Europa League semi-final to look forward to, but will be looking to push further up the table in search of guaranteed European football for next season. Saturday’s fixture could be a tight encounter but expect Liverpool to edge a win.

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4. Bournemouth vs. Chelsea and Sunderland vs. Arsenal both to end in a draw (12/1)

Neither Bournemouth or Chelsea have anything to play for except pride when these sides meet on Saturday, something nobody would have assumed at the start of the season. Eddie Howe’s men will be looking to add to their 41 points while Guus Hiddink will be wanting to end his tenure with as little fuss as possible.

It’s never boring when Sam Allardyce comes up against Arsene Wenger, but the Sunderland manager may see a draw against Arsenal as a point gained rather than two dropped after an impressive win over Norwich last weekend.

5. Gylfi Sigurdsson to score from outside the box against Leicester (16/1)

Only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored more Premier League goals in this calendar year than Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic international has scored nine of his 11 Premier League goals this season in 2016.

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Although Sigurdsson failed to produce his best form in his two-year spell with Spurs, he will be looking to do his old club a favour when his Swansea side face title-chasing Leicester City on Sunday. A dead-ball specialist the odds seem quite generous if you fancy an outside bet.

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