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bet365 Football Betting Show: Aston Villa’s Player of the Year contender and Premier League relegation latest

Sam Matterface and Steve Freeth reflect on the FA Cup semi-finals and discuss the battles that are unfolding at both ends of the Premier League table.

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To Win Outright

Manchester United edge Coventry City in FA Cup classic

It might have been a forgettable victory for Manchester United but their FA Cup semi-final encounter with Coventry City served up an all-time classic.

Goals from Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes had provided Erik ten Hag's men with a seemingly unassailable lead with an hour gone but if there's one thing we've learnt about this Manchester United side, it's that nothing is impossible.

Ellis Simms provided Coventry with a lifeline and it was all one-way traffic when Callum O'Hare saw his deflected effort loop over Andre Onana. Into stoppage time and the Championship side were rewarded for their endeavour with a penalty, which Haji Wright dispatched.

The Sky Blues looked to have wrapped up the winner in the dying embers of extra-time, only for VAR to rule the goal out for a controversial offside call.

United ultimately prevailed on penalties and set up a repeat of last year's final against rivals Manchester City, with the Red Devils priced at 10/3 to lift the FA Cup at the end of May.

Ollie Watkins on top in Most Assists market

If he's not scoring goals, he's providing them and Ollie Watkins has been a revelation under Unai Emery this term.

The Aston Villa frontman is now the 11/10 favourite in the Most Assists market after delivering two assists in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, which takes his tally to 12 for the season; two clear of Pascal Gross and Kieran Trippier in joint-second.

31 goal involvements in the Premier League is evidence of Watkins evolving into a more rounded package and the 28-year-old has speared Villa's charge towards a Champions League berth and potential trophy in the Europa Conference League.

The former Brentford striker is now into 11/1 to be named PFA Player of the Year, behind only Phil Foden, Rodri, Declan Rice and Cole Palmer.

Premier League relegation latest

There was yet more incredible drama in the battle for Premier League survival with Luton Town suffering a heavy defeat at home to Brentford, while Everton's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest was marred with referring controversy and a extraordinary post-match statement.

Forest have voiced a series of grievances about the standard of officiating they've experienced this campaign and after being denied two penalties in their crunch clash at Goodison Park, the club's X account stated that they had "warned" the PGMOL that the VAR is a "Luton fan".

The result leaves Nuno Espirito Santo's side one point above the drop zone and Forest are now 7/4 to suffer relegation, while Everton have moved out to 14/1 following their vital victory.

Burnley kept their survival hopes alive with a thumping 4-1 win against basement side Sheffield United and the Clarets are now only three points adrift of safety.

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