The oldest national football competition on the planet is beginning to heat up in it’s earlier rounds, as the country’s lower league clubs look to embark on a memorable FA Cup run.
The Premier League big boys will not enter the competition until the third round in the new year, but ahead of their inclusion we’ve decided to look at some of the favourites to lift the trophy in May.
Manchester City were crowned FA Cup winners last season as part of an unprecedented domestic treble, but who do the bookmaker’s fancy to succeed Pep Guardiola’s side as cup winners?
So for those of you into Football Betting, here are the five favourites to win the 2019/20 FA Cup…
Manchester United – 12/1
Only Arsenal (also 12/1) have won more FA Cup trophies than Manchester United, who will be looking to end a three-year wait for major silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
The club have endured a difficult start to the new season but have shown a slight up-turn in form in recent weeks, progressing in both the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
Hopes will be high that the club can also advance to the latter stages of this season’s FA Cup, having last lifted the trophy in 2016 courtesy of Jesse Lingard’s fine winner against Crystal Palace.
Forward Marcus Rashford this week suggested that silverware must be the aim for the club this season, and securing the FA Cup will go some way to relieving the pressure on under-fire manager Solskjaer.
Chelsea – 8/1
Could Frank Lampard deliver a major trophy in his first season as Chelsea boss?
The club great has made a fine start to his managerial career at Stamford Bridge, comfortably guiding the club into the top four and making a promising start to their Champions League campaign.
His youthful side have won many plaudits for their attacking performances thus far, but do they have the experience and maturity to win silverware this season?
A four-times winner of the competition during his playing career, can Lampard join the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Gianluca Vialli in the exclusive group of men to have lifted the trophy as both a player and manager?
Tottenham – 8/1
Jose Mourinho is back in the Premier League and trophies are on his agenda at Tottenham, the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss tasked with bringing silverware to the North London side for the first time in over a decade.
Despite the club’s progress in recent years they have failed to make that next step, their last silverware being a League Cup victory way back in 2008 and the club must show they can challenge to maintain the services of the likes of Harry Kane.
In terms of the FA Cup, Spurs have won the trophy on eight occasions, though it is now close to 30 years since a Des Walker own goal handed them an extra-time victory over Nottingham Forest in the 1991 final.
How Mourinho would love to break their duck and answer his critics.
Liverpool – 6/1
The Premier League leaders and reigning European champions have established themselves as one of Europe’s finest sides in recent seasons, though their record in the domestic cup competitions has been poor under Jurgen Klopp so far.
Liverpool have failed to progress past the fourth round in any of the last three seasons, with their priorities having been focused elsewhere.
An elusive league title remains the club’s priority this season, though possessing their best squad in recent memory the club could make an impression on a competition they have failed to win since Steven Gerrard’s virtuoso display in the 2006 final.
Manchester City – 10/3
The holders are the bookmaker’s favourites for the FA Cup this season and rightly so, having won seven of the past eight domestic competition’s available to them including the Community Shield.
Domestic treble winners last term, the first side in English history to achieve the feat, Pep Guardiola’s winning machine have long taken the cup competitions seriously and are well placed to retain the trophy.
Possessing arguably the strongest and deepest squad in European football, injuries have hampered their league progress thus far but they remain a formidable side despite their depleted defensive options.
An FA Cup success in 2011 ushered in a new dawn of silverware following their billionaire takeover three years earlier, one of six occasions the club have lifted the trophy.