Look no further than Manchester City for FA Cup glory this season. If truth be told, it is hard to look past City in all four major competitions. The Blues are already 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and have been handed a favourable draw in all three knockout cup competitions.
An unprecedented quadruple is well within reach if Pep’s side maintain their current form throughout the remainder of the campaign...
A home tie with high-flying Burnley awaits City in the next round and most supporters will be confident of advancing to the fourth round. Sean Dyche’s side are sixth in the top-flight table, just two points behind fourth placed Liverpool, and Clarets fans are dreaming of an incredible European spot.
And after Leicester City’s famous title triumph just two years ago, why would you rule Burnley out?
Dyche may choose to give a few of his key names a rest for the trip to the Etihad and City could be in for a comfortable afternoon.
The 4/1 available in 888sport’s FA Cup betting odds for the Blues to go on and lift the trophy at Wembley is a little on the short side; you never quite know who you are going to draw out of the hat. But on current form, City are going to take some stopping no matter who they go up against.
United are next up at 6/1 to win another FA Cup. Like City, they were also quite fortunate in the draw – the Red Devils will host Championship outfit Derby County in the third round.
It all depends on Jose Mourinho’s view of this competition; will he go all out to win silverware or is he still hoping for a City slipup in the Premier League? Only time will tell but fans will be hoping for a decent cup run this season.
We also have Chelsea at 6/1 and Blues fans will be quietly confident of pipping their rivals to the trophy. Antonio Conte’s men have climbed up to third in the Premier League table and the defending champions should have enough quality to finish in the top four this season.
A trophy, be it either the FA Cup or League Cup, would go down well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Looking further down the pecking order, Leicester City may be worth a punt at 33/1. For the most part of the season, the Foxes have been solid – especially at home.
Claude Puel came under scrutiny for his squad selection in the League Cup quarter final and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the former Southampton boss select a strong side for the FA Cup. After all, Leicester’s top-flight status is in no real danger…
You could even argue that West Ham United represent solid value at 40/1. David Moyes has led the Hammers to a few positive results in recent weeks and the east London outfit could start to build momentum following a tough run of fixtures.
A trip to League One promotion candidates Shrewsbury Town has ‘banana skin’ written all over it but if West Ham advance to the fourth round and secure a favourable draw, you never know.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*