Gunners cover line for handicap backers

ARSENAL are 100-30 to win the FA Cup after easily booking their place in the semi-finals with a 5-0 win over National League leaders Lincoln at the Emirates.

Theo Walcott broke Lincoln’s resistance just before the break and Olivier Giroud quickly added to the lead on 53 minutes. 

Arsenal had been well-backed to cover the three-goal handicap and a Luke Waterfall own goal plus further strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey made sure those punters collected. 

It was a miserable day for Middlesbrough, who were knocked out of the FA Cup 2-0 by Manchester City and then saw relegation rivals Hull jump above them in the Premier League.

David Silva’s early goal was the perfect start for City on Teesside and Sergio Aguero doubled their advantage in the second period. Pep Guardiola’s side are 13-5 favourites to win the FA Cup.

It’s looking like a high-quality semi-final field with Tottenham strong favourites to progress past Millwall on Sunday before Chelsea and Manchester United do battle on Monday.

Picking a winner is not easy even at this stage and it’s the same in the Premier League relegation market as Hull moved just one point from safety thanks to a vital 2-1 victory over Swansea.

Hull are 4-6 to go down following substitute Oumar Niasse’s double, while Swansea are 4-1 to be demoted.

Bournemouth beat West Ham 3-2 in a dramatic clash at Dean Court. Josh King scored a hat-trick for the Cherries, including a late winner but also missed a penalty in the topsy-turvy fixture.

Things were much calmer at Goodison Park as Everton beat West Brom 3-0 with Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku on target for the Toffees.

Lukaku joined Harry Kane on 19 league goals and is 100-30 for the Golden Boot.

Match in Focus

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Real Madrid v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.



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