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Rupert Wyman 15th Apr 2011 - 10:22

City's trophy drought shows no sign of ending

Man United fans have a sign that ticks over the years since Man City last won a trophy and they'll be hoping their team ensure the flag will be aired for another season by beating their old rivals in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

City have failed to win a trophy since 1976 when they beat Newcastle 2-1 to win the league cup thanks to an overhead kick from Dennis Tueart.  If they can get past United they will fancy their chances of ending their drought, they're 15/8 to win the Cup. It's a big if though and I expect United to be too stong once again.

United, who are still on course for a treble (7/1), are 10/11 to win the Cup for a twelfth time. Their last success came back in 2004 when they beat Millwall 3-0.

The game must be decided on the day, there are no replays in FA Cup semi-finals these days but United will be looking to end the game in 90 minutes given their hectic fixture list over the coming weeks. They are Evens to win, the draw is 2/1 and City are 5/2 to win.

If you want to play is safe you can bet on either team to qualify for the final. United are 4/7, Man City 5/4.

We have two match winner offers for this match, one for each side. Mario Balotelli is set to replace the injured Carlos Tevez for the game. The fiery Italian is an unpredictable player but when on top form can be unstoppable. We've enhanced the price on him to score in a Man City win to 4/1.

Javier Hernandez has been lethal for United recently and is good with his head - he saw a diving header ruled out for offside on Tuesday against Chelsea. We've enhanced the price on him to score with his head in this game to 7/1.

Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City in the build up to the game. He's stated that City are not the club's main rivals which is sure to antagonise the City of Manchester faithful. Scholes scored a last minute winner against the blues last season and you can back him at 14/1 to score last at Wembley.

Another United veteran Ryan Giggs has been on brilliant form in recent weeks and was the difference between his side and Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final games. The Welshman is 9/1 to score first and 66/1 to score a hat-trick.

City looked listless on Monday when they were hammered by an Andy Carroll inspired Liverpool team 3-0 at Anfield and they will have to improve greatly if they're to avoid a similar embarrassment in London. It's 18/1 that they suffer another 3-0 reversal.

The pressure is on Mancini to win a trophy which could save him from the summer sack.  He is 9/1 to be the next manager to be sacked this season. If they suffer a Wembley humiliation that could prove to be a good price.

One player I feel will need to shine if City are to progress is Adam Johnson, he was the key man recently when helping City beat Sunderland 5-0. He is 10/1 to score first and the odds of 500/1 reflect the chances of City inflicting a 5-0 scoreline on United.

With so much at stake I expect a closely fought game. City are known for their defensive style in the big games and I don't think it will change here. I would back under 1.5 goals at 2/1. United are the best bet at Even money whilst a 1-0 win for the Red Devils at 11/2 is my selection.

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