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Big Clubs To The Fore In FA Cup Odds
The FA Cup has very much become the preserve of England’s biggest clubs in recent years, and it is highly likely that one of the Premier League’s top six will again lift the trophy at the end of the 2019-20 season, writes Nick Dorrington.
Manchester City are the holders after completing their domestic treble by thrashing Watford 6-0 in last season’s final. They lost just four times across 50 domestic fixtures last season, and with a deep and talented squad are worthy of their status as early favourites in the bookies’ FA Cup odds (see betting comparison table above).
If it isn’t Man City, then the winner can be expected to come from within the established Premier League top six. Teams within that group have won the FA Cup in each of the last six and 10 of the last 11 years. Since the Premier League was formed in 1992, 24 of the 27 finals have been won by five members of that group: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Man Utd and manager Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
Unsurprisingly, those teams again dominate the early list of favourites for the 2019-20 competition, even though Man City was the only one of them to make the final four last time around. Also there is a Tottenham Hotspur side whose league finishes (four consecutive top-four finishes; 10 consecutive top-six finishes) certainly solidify them as part of that group but whose last FA Cup triumph came in 1991.
Liverpool and Spurs have, though, recently tended to treat the competition a little less seriously than the other top-six teams (Liverpool’s last final appearance came in 2012), and are probably the most vulnerable to fall to an early exit, as they both did last season.
Outside of the top six, Wolverhampton Wanderers look like a good dark horse. They performed very strongly against the top six in the league last season and also eliminated both Liverpool and Manchester United in making it through to the FA Cup semi-finals. Even if Wolves don’t go all the way, they are a team others will look to as a potential eliminator of the biggest sides, one who can open up the draw for the rest.
Watford brought Wolves’ run to an end by winning 3-2 in a back and forth semi-final at Wembley. They are one of a number of the Premier League’s middle class who will have designs on a deep run this season. Everton are one of just three winners from outside the top six in the Premier League era (alongside Portsmouth and Wigan), while Leicester City and West Ham will also fancy their chances of making good progress if the draw allows.
West Ham were actually the last FA Cup winners to come from outside the top flight when they defeated Arsenal in the 1980 final. There have since been just four finalists from the lower leagues, most recently Cardiff in 2008, and it is unlikely another will emerge this time around.
The Championship is a highly competitive division, and between its gruelling 46-match schedule and the television rights bounty on offer with promotion to the Premier League, it is unsurprising that its best teams struggle to allocate sufficient resources to the FA Cup. No Championship team has been able to reach the final four in any of the last four seasons.
Those further down the professional league pyramid will simply be looking for the financial boost and potential glory of a giant-killing offered by a plum draw against big-name opposition. In last season’s competition, League Two’s Newport County eliminated Leicester City before losing out to Manchester City. Three other Premier League teams were knocked out by teams from the third tier or lower.
Those right at the bottom of the amateur pyramid will hope to be one of the 32 teams from an initial entry list of nearly 650 clubs to emerge from the qualifying rounds and reach the first-round proper. Last season, three teams from the seventh tier made it that far. In 2017-18 two teams from the eighth tier did so. Three years ago, ninth tier Westfields FC advanced past six opponents to achieve their best-ever FA Cup performance.
The big UK bookmakers are not far off the mark with their FA Cup odds’ lists. With the big teams beginning to reserve ownership of the trophy, it is there that the much-heralded magic of the FA Cup can still be found.