FA Cup Odds & Preview – Man City odds-on to make it two on the bounce
The FA Cup quarter-finals get underway this coming weekend with some mouthwatering action set to come our way and we take a look at the four all-Premier League cup matches this weekend as well as the overall odds for the competition.
Two on the bounce?
Manchester City finished off an excellent 2018/19 by thrashing Watford 6-0 in a thoroughly one-sided FA Cup Final last May and while there is little likelihood that they would enjoy such an easy victory when the 2019/20 final gets underway in a few weeks time (assuming they make it to the final), the bookmakers certainly feel that Pep Guardiola’s men will once again go all the way.
All the leading bookmakers go odds-on that Manchester City will console themselves for not winning the Premier League Title (which will almost certainly go to Liverpool) by triumphing in the FA Cup Final, most firms going a general 8/11 that the trophy ends up at the Etihad Stadium. Nevertheless they still have two games to go before they find themselves in the last two of the competition and this is certainly no time for complacency.
Norwich City v Manchester United
City’s arch-rivals Manchester United are joint second-favourites with many firms to claim FA Cup glory this season and they have enjoyed some morale-boosting results in their last four outings. They thumped Derby County 3-0 in the last round of this competition and followed that with a 2-0 win over Man City in the Premier League before demolishing LASK 5-0 in the Europa League. Upon their return to action on Friday evening, they battled out a 1-1 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane and we don’t envisage them having any problems disposing of relegation-bound Norwich City in the first FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.
Man United to win & both teams to score
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Arsenal’s return from the enforced break was utterly dismal as they were thumped 3-0 by Manchester City and suffered another major blow in their bid to clinch a Europa League berth. This has been a poor season for the Gunners and the only chance that they have of salvaging something for their efforts is in the FA Cup. They will find themselves up against a Sheffield United outfit that are in a stronger position for a European berth and which have generally been solid on home soil this term, therefore we can only see this clash going one way.
Sheffield United to win
Leicester City v Chelsea
The chances of Leicester City clinching a Champions League berth remain strong although they did themselves no favours when conceding an equaliser in the dying seconds at Vicarage Road, after they themselves had scored what looked to be an almost certain winner in the 90th minute on Saturday afternoon. These were the late highlights of what had otherwise been a somewhat uninspiring match and the Foxes will need to pick themselves up from this disappointment when they face Chelsea on Sunday. The Blues boosted their own Champions League chances when outgunning Aston Villa in the West Midlands last time out, however in general the Foxes have been solid on home soil this term and with that in mind, we’ll be siding with the home team to outgun their rivals in what has the makings of an exciting affair.
Back Leicester City to win and both teams to score
Newcastle United v Manchester City
With the Premier League Title effectively out of reach, Manchester City’s only remaining chance of silverware this season is in the FA Cup and they will face tough opposition in the form of Newcastle United this weekend. The Magpies never strayed too far from the relegation zone for the first half of the campaign, however since Christmas they have shown signs of improvement and now sit some distance from the danger zone. They held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park earlier in the season and while we don’t envisage them dumping the Citizens out of the FA Cup on Sunday, we do envisage the home side giving the visitors a tough time of things, just as they did when thumping Sheffield United 3-0 at this venue last time out.
Back Man City to win and over 3.5 total goals
8/11 – Manchester City
7/1 – Manchester United
7/1 – Chelsea
9/1 – Arsenal
10/1 – Leicester City
20/1 – Sheffield United
33/1 – Newcastle United
40/1 – Norwich City