The draw for FA Cup quarter-final was last night with all the original “Big Sides” avoiding each other to set up a huge semi-finals
Now the Premier League title race is as good as finished and the Carabao Cup is over, teams will start turning their attention to the FA Cup.
Usually, in the competition, some of the bigger sides will play weakened teams as they prioritise the Champions Leauge or Premier Leauge. This year, however, that hasn’t been the case. Going into the Fifth Round you had eight out of the top ten in the Premier League, including the “Big Six”.
This shows the importance of the FA Cup this year, and that clubs might be taking it more seriously now. This week was the Fifth Round and some big sides were surprisingly knocked out the competition. Spurs were knocked out on penalties by Norwich, whilst Liverpool suffered their third defeat in four games away to Chelsea.
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Odds listed below are Betway’s prices on each team to win The FA Cup.
Sheffield United (20/1) vs Arsenal (8/1)
This is an interesting tie because on paper Arsenal should win this. However, this season in the two times they’ve met, they’ve drawn one and Sheffield United have won the other. They have been the surprise package this season in the Premier League eighth but with a game in hand to go into fifth.
Arsenal are currently 10th and any form of European football looking a tough ask. Given that the Gunners have won this competition three out of the last six years, they will be keen to progress.
This should be a very tight game. Arsenal have the upper hand in attack but Sheffield United’s defence has been excellent this season. Arteta’s side should have enough but The Blades will make them work for it!
Newcastle (40/1) vs Man City (8/11)
The current holders Man City seem to have got one of the easier draws again. They take on Newcastle who’s form is very inconsistent. Newcastle have only played City once so far this season and they drew with them 2-2. Bruce’s side will take confidence from this going into the quarter-final.
However, the luxury City have is that they can rest their “first team” and still have a side out capable of beating most Premier League teams. This will come in handy for Pep considering it looks like City will be heading to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
City aren’t going for the Premier League any more but have just won the Carabao Cup. Given that their favourites for The FA Cup and Champions League, they would love to make it back-to-back treble-winning seasons.
Leicester (10/1) vs Chelsea (15/2)
This is probably the best tie of the round as these two teams are very close to each other in the Premier League. Leicester are currently third with Chelsea fourth. They’ve played each other twice this season and both times it ended in a draw.
Both sides aren’t in the best of form in the league of late, which could make for an interesting tie. As they are both looking to secure their places in the top four, they may rest players, however, Lampard’s squad is pretty depleted as it is.
If Leicester can get Vardy back in on the goals then they will be confident of beating Chelsea and progressing to the semis. If Chelsea can play the same way they did against Liverpool though it won’t be an easy night for The Foxes.
Norwich (33/1) vs Derby (150/1) or Man United (9/1)
The only quarter-final tie that is yet to be decided with Derby hosting United on Thursday night. Norwich will be hoping for Derby to get through as United have beaten them twice this season, 3-1 and 4-0.
Norwich are bottom of the league though and Premier League survival will mean more to them than getting into the next round. If Derby gets through though, this is definitely a winnable game for the Canaries.
It all depends on how this final Fifth Round tie goes. Man United haven’t had the best of season and they would love to give their fans something to cheer about at the end of the season.
Betway will have odds available on each of the games themselves when the Derby vs Man United game is finished.