The third round of the FA Cup took place at the weekend and we have the latest odds for the winner of this year’s competition!
Last season Arsenal furthered their position as the most successful club in the FA Cup when they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final. This was their 14th FA Cup victory and the first trophy for new manager Mikel Arteta.
Even though the FA Cup isn’t as valued amongst the bigger clubs as it once was, it is still a huge competition. It is renowned for huge upsets and underdog stories as teams from the lowest division of English football can come up against those at the very top.
In this year’s Third Round, non-league Marine AFC from the Northern Premier League (seventh tier of English football) hosted Jose Mourinho and Spurs. It’s games like these that makes the oldest competition in world football so special.
Now, even though some clubs will prioritise other competitions such as the Champions League and the Premier League over it, it’s still a fantastic trophy to win. For some clubs it gets to a point it’s the only one they can realistically win and we have the odds as to who are this year’s favourites.
FA Cup 20/21 Odds (Betfair)
Man City – 3/1
Pep’s side are the favourites for this season’s FA Cup and it’s no surprise considering their squad depth. They last won the competition in 2019 when they beat Watford 6-0 in the final. This was their sixth FA Cup win in their history.
City will be prioritising the Premier Leauge and the Champions League, but they have the luxury of such a big squad. This means that Pep can start a second-string team worth more than most sides and have a good chance of getting through. City have won this competition very recently and Pep will be keen to add another trophy to his collection.
Liverpool – 11/2
Liverpool got through the last round in unusual circumstances. The whole of the Aston Villa first-team and majority of the u23’s were all ill so the u18’s had to take on the Premier League champions. Klopp’s side went through 4-1 winners.
Liverpool have won the FA Cup seven times, however, the last one came in 2006. Klopp isn’t a huge fan of the competition and haven’t made it past the fifth round since Klopp took over. On top of this, Liverpool don’t have quite the same squad depth as City. That being said, if they play their strongest side they can definitely win this competition, it’s just all down to the side that gets picked on the day.
Chelsea – 7/1
Last years runners up will be looking at this competition as one they can win. The league is going to be too big of an ask this season and even though they are in the Champions League still, they have to play Atletico in the knockouts, which will be a tough fixture.
Lampard will be under pressure to return a trophy after spending so much in the summer. Like Liverpool, he has a good enough starting eleven to do well in this competition. At 7/1, we think its a good bet as they are only going to decrease with each round they get through.
Man United – 8/1
United last win in this competition was in 2016 under Louis Van Gaal. Since then the gap between them and Arsenal has increased and United are two trophies behind them with 12. Solskjaer is still yet to win a trophy with Man United and its been nearly four years since the club themselves won one. The pressure is on at Old Trafford for a trophy and this competition could be the one.
However, United have surprised themselves and everyone else in by somehow getting themselves in a title race, as it stands. If they keep this up, they may focus more on the league than the FA Cup.