3 reasons why Liverpool are now the FA Cup-winning bet

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Few Ladbrokes customers would have been cart wheeling over Liverpool’s short odds to win the FA Cup before they were held at home by Blackburn Rovers. Following the completion of the semi-final draw, though, the Reds’ price has fallen into the tantalising category.

Having plucked a Wembley showdown against Aston Villa out the hat should they successfully negotiate Ewood Park, Liverpool are now cast as 11/5 second favourites behind holders Arsenal at 4/5.

Here are three compelling reasons for a wager on Brendan Rodgers’ charges:

The formbook points to Liverpool beating Blackburn

It was a richly-deserved feather in Gary Bowyer’s cap for his impressive Blackburn side to earn a draw at Anfield as the Championship side carried out a well-prepared game plan.

In spite of such a gallant effort from Rovers, Liverpool’s dominant second-half display could easily have brought about a winner on a different afternoon and taking their form as a whole, the scales are still tilted strongly in the Premier League side’s favour.

Blackburn have claimed a single win in six games across all competitions, while Liverpool have not lost in eight domestic away games, tasting victory six times including their FA Cup replay at Bolton.

History dictates Liverpool should beat Aston Villa to make the final

Although Villa continued their good run at Anfield back in September with victory, the vastly-improved Liverpool of 2015 exacted revenge 2-0 in the mid-January return league fixture.

Historically these grand statesmen of the English game have clashed six times in the FA Cup and a check through the results makes tough reading for Villa fans.

Aside from an initial 1897 triumph, the other five have all been won by Liverpool to nil.

Liverpool won the last final between themselves and Arsenal

Making the huge assumption that it is the Gunners that progress to the final, the holders will have bad memories of their last Wembley showdown against Liverpool, albeit at the original stadium.

Michael Owen’s double within five minutes snatched the famous cup away from Arsenal that day, while huge underdogs Hull raced into a two-goal lead only to be pegged back in last year’s showpiece.

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Christian Crowther

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