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Favourites in FA Cup odds boast best record
Manchester United secured their first major trophy in three years by defeating Crystal Palace in last season’s FA Cup final to equal Arsenal’s record of 12 triumphs in the competition, writes Nick.
Again it is likely to be one of the elite clubs who lifts the trophy this time around in May 2017, and the bookies’ FA Cup odds concur.
The riches of the Premier League and the Champions League, along with the wall-to-wall coverage the game now receives, has somewhat lessened the lustre of the world’s oldest cup competition. Yet eight of the last 10 FA Cups have still been won by top-six Premier League clubs, with only Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013 providing a counter-balance.
The list of favourites for this year’s competition is remarkably similar to the ranking of the favourites for the league title, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – the latter five of which are the clubs with the best historical records in the competition – occupying the top six placings.
It is a difficult task to pick out just one of them as the most likely winners, given that much depends on the draw and how seriously the various teams treat the FA Cup in light of their progress in other competitions. But without European football to trouble them, Chelsea, who last lifted the trophy in 2012 and Liverpool, the 2006 winners, can perhaps be expected to give greater priority to the competition than most.
While the winner can be expected to come from this elite group, other Premier League teams will also fancy their chances of getting their hands on the famous trophy.
Leicester’s strong defence and swift counter-attacking approach led them to a surprise league title last season and while Europe could prove a distraction (if they are still involved come the New Year) those same tactics looks well-suited to knockout football.
Southampton and West Ham have both made shaky starts to the new season but have sufficient quality in their ranks to suggest they are likely to be stronger by the time they enter the competition.
Crystal Palace, Everton and Watford all reached the final four last season. There will be a number of similarly mid-ranking top-flight teams hopeful of enjoying a strong run this time around.
In the last 25 years, just two lower-division sides have reached the FA Cup final and it is necessary to go back to West Ham United in 1980 to find the last winner of the competition from outside the top flight. A number of lower-division sides have, however, enjoyed deep runs in recent years and there are some solid Championship teams who could emulate them this season.
The bookies’ betting odds suggest that newly-relegated Newcastle as the most likely Championship side to go far. Coach Rafael Benitez is somewhat of a knockout-football specialist and despite some sales still has a decent squad at his disposal.
The likes of Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday will also hope to keep their participation alive into the last couple of months of the season.
For those further down the pyramid, the dream is to reach the third round and then draw a glamour tie against a top-flight or otherwise traditionally big club. League Two side Oxford United defeated Swansea City in last year’s third round and there will be plenty of lower-ranked clubs hoping to pull off similar giant-killings in this FA Cup campaign.
A grand total of 736 teams have entered this year’s competition. The first of the six qualifying rounds kicked off back in July. The first round proper, which is when the League One and Two clubs enter, takes place in November. The second round follows in December, before the Championship and Premier League clubs enter the competition in January’s third round.
Despite the attraction of other competitions, the FA Cup remains a historic and well-loved competition capable of providing both suspense and intrigue. However if you are having a bet, peruse the FA Cup odds table above. Remember that history suggests the winner will come from one of the top sides. That will not stop the rest from dreaming of lifting the trophy at Wembley in May.