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FA Cup: The five favourites to win the trophy this season

The FA Cup quarter-finals take place at the weekend as the remaining eight teams battle it out for a place in the last four.

Each team is just one win away from a place at Wembley for the semi-finals and there are some huge clashes in the quarter-final schedule, including a match-up between English football’s most decorated clubs.

The eight teams left in the draw have 47 FA Cup wins between them, but who will have their name etched onto the famous trophy in 2023/24? Remember, you can keep up to date with the latest live scores in the FA Cup this weekend at Sport Score.

Here are the five favourites to win the FA Cup.

Wolves – 11/1

Wolves have been handed a dream draw in the quarter-finals with Gary O’Neil’s fast-improving team taking on Coventry City in a Midlands match-up. Coventry are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the FA Cup this season and currently sit eighth in the second tier ahead of their trip to Molineux.

Wolves, meanwhile, are having an impressive campaign under O’Neil who took charge of the club after Julen Lopetegui walked out on the eve of the Premier League campaign. Having been backed to be in a dogfight down the bottom, Wolves are currently just two points off a Europa Conference League place after beating Fulham at the weekend.

A place in Europe and a trip to Wembley would make O’Neil a strong candidate for the Manager of the Season awards at the end of the campaign, with Wolves targeting a place in the FA Cup semi-finals for just the second time this century. The club’s fourth and most recent FA Cup win was 64 years ago.

Manchester United – 8/1

Manchester United are 12-time winners of the FA Cup with only Arsenal (14) having won the trophy on more occasions.

Erik ten Hag took Manchester United to both domestic cup finals last season and ended a six-year wait for silverware with League Cup success, before losing to Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Things have been more challenging in the Dutchman’s second campaign at the helm, following a Champions League group-stage exit and a disappointing Premier League campaign. The FA Cup could provide a chance to salvage the season for the Red Devils, though Ten Hag’s team face a tough test in the quarter-finals as Liverpool visit Old Trafford in the pick of the ties.

Chelsea – 5/1

Chelsea will be aiming to reach both domestic cup finals in the same season after losing the League Cup decider to Liverpool last month.

The Blues take on Leicester in the quarter-finals, in a rematch of the 2021 final. Youri Tielemans’ stunning goal earned Leicester a 1-0 win at Wembley and a first FA Cup success, but the Foxes have since seen a decline that resulted in Premier League relegation last season.

Mauricio Pochettino will hope FA Cup success can ease the pressure on his position at Chelsea, though the west Londoners have a poor recent record in finals. Chelsea have lost each of their last six domestic cup finals, including becoming the first-ever team to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals between 2020 and 2022.

Liverpool – 3/1

Jurgen Klopp is targeting a quadruple in his final season as Liverpool manager and the Reds collected the first silverware of the season with Carabao Cup success.

Liverpool sit second in the Premier League table, behind Arsenal on goal difference, and have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals after a 5-1 first-leg win over Sparta Prague. In the FA Cup, the Merseysiders travel to face Manchester United in a huge tie at Old Trafford on March 17.

Liverpool, who completed a domestic cup double in 2021/22, have beaten Arsenal, Norwich and Southampton to reach the last eight.

Manchester City – 11/8

Manchester City are the FA Cup holders having completed a historic treble under Pep Guardiola last season.

Ilkay Gundogan scored both goals in the first-ever Manchester Derby Cup final, including the fastest-ever final goal scored after just 13 seconds at Wembley.

The Citizens will host Newcastle in the quarter-finals and boast a formidable recent record against Eddie Howe’s team. Manchester City have not lost at home to Newcastle since October 2014, when goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko earned the Magpies a 2-0 win in the League Cup.

Newcastle’s win is their only success in 21 visits to Manchester City. However, Newcastle did eliminate the Citizens from the League Cup at St James’ Park earlier in the campaign.

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