With the second round of the FA Cup under way from November 30, it’s time for the so-called big clubs to start thinking about the FA Cup.
The third round is when the clubs who have come through qualifying and the opening two rounds start to dream of drawing one of the Premier League giants.
But which of those clubs are favourites to lift the trophy in 2020? Let’s take a look at the odds with Betway.
Previous FA Cup winners
Before we start, let’s take a look at previous seasons’ FA Cup winners:
- 2018-19 – Manchester City
- 2017-18 – Chelsea
- 2016-17 – Arsenal
- 2015-16 – Manchester United
- 2014-15 – Arsenal
- 2013-14 – Arsenal
So, straight away, we can see that although Premier League giants have sometimes been accused of not taking domestic cups seriously, fielding under strength sides, the winners’ list is dominated by top six clubs.
You have to go back to the 2012-13 season, when Wigan stunned Manchester City 1-0, to find when an underdog was successful.
City lead the race
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are leading the betting with Betway, who have Pep Guardiola’s side at 3/1. Obviously, the fact they have strength in depth across most positions means they are able to rest some big name players in earlier rounds. But the club has had defensive issues this season and will be focussed on a Premier League and Champions League challenge too.
Liverpool is next in the betting, at 11/2. Free-scoring and leading the Premier League race comfortable at present, Jurgen Klopp’s side is 11/2 with Betway. Again, though, like Manchester City, Liverpool could go deep into the Champions League again this season, and should also have their eyes on winning their first top flight league title since 1990 (incredible, we know!).
Frank-ly better odds
Offering better odds is Chelsea, at 8/1 with Betway. Frank Lampard’s young side is looking impressive, despite early season doubts on how they would get on, and a 4-0 thumping in the first league match of the season against Manchester United. If Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham continue their league form in the cup, there’s no reason the Blues can’t go deep into the tournament.
Look for the Foxes
Further down, it might be worth looking at Leicester, at 14/1 with Betway. Super impressive in the Premier League under Brendan Rogers, the Foxes look more than capable of beating any of the top clubs. Wolves, meanwhile, offer decent odds at 25/1 with Betway. Despite a slightly sluggish start to the season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are slowly coming to life again, with striker Raul Jiminez starting to find form again, they could be one to watch.