With just 16 teams remaining in the 2021 FA Cup, there are some clear potential winners developing already. As is the magic of the FA Cup, truly anything is possible, however, let’s look at the teams with the most probable chance of taking home the trophy.
Manchester City +275
The conversation would be invalid without highlighting the likelihood of league leaders Manchester City winning the tournament. Having enjoyed an easy run in the tournament and sitting in the fortuitous position of playing championship side Swansea in their next cup tie, a luxury many of the other big contenders do not share, it is hard to see City failing to progress to the quarter finals.
Failing to drop a point since the middle of December in all competitions, City have looked a cut above the rest of the pack. In that time they have amassed an aggregate score of 34-4, showing how lethal they are going forward, doing so for the most part without the assistance of their all time leading scorer Sergio Aguero.
Defensively they are one of the best teams in Europe, new signing Ruben Dias is arguably the best centre half in the Premier League at the moment, playing alongside John Stones who has matured into a class centre back, even justifying the once ludicrous 47.5 million pound price tag.
Pep Guardiola has a very deep squad at his disposal and will be taking the competition seriously. Having won the competition before in 2019, he has experience in finals, however, given the pool of great teams still in the tournament, this years’ final should not come as easily as City’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford in 2019.
Manchester United +500
After Manchester City, there are a lot of good value picks to win the tournament, Manchester United took it to extra time against West Ham and clinched a 1-0 win thanks to Scott Mctominay. United are finally playing the football that the strength of their squad commands, but at +500 to lift the cup, there is better value out there.
Leicester City +1300
Leicester City play Brighton at the King Power Stadium tomorrow at 3.30pm, and while Brighton are in good form lately, they have struggled to convert their chances. Facing a Leicester defense which is looking strong lately, Brighton should have a hard time breaking them down.
The Foxes main man Jamie Vardy returned from injury last week, coming off the bench in their 0-0 draw with Wolves, it’s not known whether he will make a start in this match or come off the bench, however, between the quality of Barnes, Maddison and Tielemans, it’s hard to see Leicester failing to progress.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 9, 2021
Having made a convincing run in the Cup up until this point and with their squad back at its strongest, Leicester City are a solid outside pick to win the competition at their current odds.
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*Odds correct at time of writing, provided by Bet365.