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Can Brighton pull off huge semi shock?

Can Brighton pull off huge semi shock?

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Brighton are aiming to upset the odds and knock Manchester City out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage on Saturday, while Watford and Wolves go toe-to-toe on Sunday for a place in the final.

Traditonalists will once again wince at the sight of both last-four games being staged at Wembley but the plan remains in place and, for three of the four teams involved at least, not too many fans will be complaining about a rare big day out at the national stadium.

Who will make the final, though? City remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple this season and clearly they are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment.

However, it will take a monumental effort for them to win all four trophies and Saturday may just be the day the dream dies.

Brighton to win on penalties @ 40/1

Selecting the Seagulls to come out on top in the semi is a huge gamble but, in a two-horse race at a neutral venue in the south-coast club’s biggest game for some time, Chris Hughton‘s side are too long at 18/1 to win (90 minutes) and, just like Wigan did back in the final in 2013, they can shock the favourites when hardly anyone is expecting it.

Hughton’s side were lacklustre in a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday but that only gives us greater hope they are saving everything for Wembley and can pull it off – provided City have a rare off-day.

Backing Brighton to win, probably after extra-time (50/1) or on penalties (40/1) seems foolhardy, but it could pay off – big time.

The other game on Sunday is a much more even-handed affair and it’s difficult to split Wolves and Watford. Both are enjoying great Premier League seasons and one will end up edging the other out to finish ‘best of the rest’ in seventh.

Javi Gracia and Nuno Espirito Santo deserve the plaudits that have come their way this term although one must end up disappointed this weekend.

Wolves to win – 90 minutes @ 6/4

Wolves looked very good when recovering to beat Manchester United on Tuesday and may just have the edge on the day.

Raul Jimenez (7/4 – Score Anytime), who has now officially agreed to join permanently in the summer, will be in good spirits, while the back-up of Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho offer plenty of quality to tip what should be a tight semi-final the West Midlanders’ way.

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Aidan Perkins Aidan is another person with a wealth of journalistic experience behind him, both written and broadcasting. He has played football to a good level and that gives him an extra insight into the reason for selections at both domestic and European matches.

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