It has been a mesmeric season for Liverpool this campaign, and Jurgen Klopp could be closing in on a successful quadruple-winning season. The Reds are still contenders for the TonyBet FA Cup Betting Tips, as they already sacrificed the League Cup this campaign to win the FIFA Club World Cup. They remain in with a chance of clinching both the Premier League and FA Cup.
They narrowly escaped an embarrassing defeat last time out as they were taken to a replay by League One Shrewsbury Town. Klopp decided to play his U21’s in that replay, and they earned a 1-0 win to set up a tie with Chelsea in the next round.
The German will likely go back to fielding his first choice eleven for that fixture at Stamford Bridge, but with all of the big guns back for the Anfield giants, can any team stop them from winning the prestigious cup competition?
FA Cup Betting Favourites: Manchester City
Surprisingly, Liverpool aren’t the favourites to win the FA Cup this season. They haven’t lost a game in the Premier League this campaign, and have only lost once domestically, but Manchester City are the outright favourites to win the competition.
Pep Guardiola have already conceded that the Premier League title has gone, but a success in the FA Cup could be a bright spark for a bleak season.
City have got a trip to Sheffield Wednesday to look forward to in the next round, and Guardiola could play all his big stars in that fixture to get them through to the next round. The Champions League will still be the trophy that the Spanish manager has his eyes on this season, but an FA Cup defence would certainly be nothing to turn his nose up at.
Jose Mourinho was brought in by Daniel Levy at Tottenham to deliver a trophy. Spurs haven’t won a piece of silverware since their League Cup success back in 2008. Mourinho’s tag as a serial winner was too good to turn down when Mauricio Pochettino was fired earlier in the season, and a success in the FA Cup would mean that Levy’s decision was justified. Spurs edged their way into the next round following a replay against Southampton.
The two sides drew 1-1 in the first game, before Spurs ran out 3-2 winners in a frantic game back in North London. The match-winning goal for Spurs was scored from the spot by Heung Min-Son with three minutes remaining. On their day, Tottenham are one of the very best teams in England. To win this competition, they will have to be at their optimal levels for the remainder of the tournament.
Brendan Rodgers enjoyed a successful spell at Celtic, which included two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups. He has found a way to deliver when the pressure is on in cup competitions. However, gamblers may feel less inclined to bet on Leicester after their shock defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. The Foxes were the favourites to progress against the relegation-threatened Midlands side, but Villa scored a late winner to seal their place at Wembley.
Regardless, Leicester have enjoyed an excellent season this term, as their place in next season’s Champions League looks assured. If they can add the FA Cup to their season’s achievements too, then there will be a hope that this team could achieve something very special over the coming seasons considering how young their squad is. They are capable of beating the best teams when they are at their peak, but they have been guilty of running out of momentum over recent weeks.
The competition takes off again on the 2nd of March. Here are the fixtures and who you can still gamble on the TonyBet FA Betting odds:
Portsmouth x Arsenal
Chelsea x Liverpool
West Bromwich x Newcastle
Reading x Sheffield United
Leicester City x Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday x Manchester City
Derby County x Manchester United
Liverpool remain the team to beat in this competition. The closer that they get to the final, the more likely that it will be that they will win the FA Cup and conquer domestic double. Who will be your FA Cup betting favourites to defeat the Reds at Wembley or before?