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Ranking the five favourites to win the 21/22 FA Cup

The FA Cup’s fourth round fixtures take place this weekend with each of the remaining teams dreaming of a cup run this season.

Just 32 sides remain in the competition, ranging from some of Europe’s elite to non-league minnows seeking another shock at this stage.

Leicester upset the odds to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history last season, but who are the favourites to lift the famous trophy at Wembley in 2022?

 

So as football fans across the globe rush to watch this weekend’s fixtures on their favorite football streams, let’s take a look at the five favourites to win this season’s FA Cup.

Tottenham – 10/1

Just two teams have won the FA Cup on more occasions than Tottenham, with the North London side boasting a proud history in world football’s oldest national tournament.

Spurs’ last success came more than three decades ago, however, with the club’s 1991 final win over Nottingham Forest – in which Des Walker’s own goal handed Spurs the trophy in extra-time – their last final appearance.

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Antonio Conte will view the FA Cup as real chance of ending Spurs’ 14-year wait for silverware, having previously lifted the trophy during his time at Chelsea in 2018.

Conte strengthened his options in January with the signings of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus and will hope the duo can improve his side over the second half of the season. Spurs face Brighton in a difficult-looking fourth round tie on Saturday evening.

Manchester United – 10/1

Manchester United last tasted FA Cup success in 2016, as Jesse Lingard’s fine strike proved the difference in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley.

The Red Devils won a League Cup and Europa League double the following season, but those trophies remain their last with the club currently on a barren run of four campaigns without silverware – their longest period without a trophy since the 1980s.

Ralf Rangnick will be bidding to end that run during his reign as interim manager, with the FA Cup perhaps offering the most realistic route to trophy success this season.

United face Middlesbrough in the fourth round on Friday night and a win over the Championship promotion hopefuls will move Rangnick’s side into the last 16.

Liverpool – 6/1

Jurgen Klopp has placed little emphasis on the domestic cup competitions during his time at Liverpool, with the Reds having failed to progress beyond the FA Cup’s fifth round in any of the German’s six seasons in charge.

Liverpool now boast greater depth than in any period of the Klopp era, however, having added to their forward options with the signing of Luis Diaz from Porto in January.

Klopp’s team face Cardiff in the fourth round this weekend and a win over the Championship side will see the Reds move into the last 16 for just the second time in the past eight seasons.

Despite the success of his reign at Anfield so far, the German would no doubt like to add the FA Cup to his cabinet and Liverpool have been priced as 6/1 second-favourites to lift the trophy.

Chelsea – 6/1

Chelsea are priced alongside Liverpool at 6/1 to win the FA Cup this season, with only Arsenal having won the competition on more occasions since the turn of the millennium.

The west Londoners have reached four of the past five finals, including finishing as runners-up in each of the past two seasons after defeats to Arsenal and Leicester.

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Chelsea are seeking a ninth FA Cup this season as Thomas Tuchel looks to continue his impressive record in cup competitions, with the European champions boasting the squad depth to compete on multiple fronts this season.

Chelsea will start as strong favourites when they face Plymouth Argyle in the fourth round at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Manchester City – 11/4

Manchester City are the 11/4 favourites to win the FA Cup, with Pep Guardiola’s side remaining the benchmark for England’s leading sides.

City are nine points clear at the top of the Premier League and in pursuit of a treble of trophies, also remaining in contention for both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Despite their dominance of the League Cup and Premier League in recent seasons, City have won the FA Cup just once across the past decade – beating Watford 6-0 in the 2019 final to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.

City have arguably the strongest squad in European football and one capable of competing on multiple fronts this season. Guardiola’s side face a free-scoring Fulham side at the Etihad in round four.

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