Manchester United have been drawn against Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Premier League rivals will meet in the cup on the weekend of January 23 with Manchester City heading to Cheltenham.
Meanwhile, 2019 quarter-finalists Millwall host Bristol City and Arsenal must travel to Southampton or Shrewsbury.
Cupset enthusiasts will have one eye on Tottenham’s trip to Wycombe while Chelsea will host Luton in another potential banana skin.
The thing is, though: beyond Wigan’s incredible 2013 upset and Portsmouth’s unlikely triumph in 2008, every FA Cup final this century has been won by one of England’s five biggest clubs.
That is to say, by the time the final rolls around the giant killings have stopped and one of the favourites wins the trophy. But who are this year’s favourites?
Here are the latest odds on the favourites to win the FA Cup in 2020/2021 look like this:
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Who’s the favourite to win this season’s FA Cup?
Man City are already through to the League Cup final, where they will play Tottenham in April, but Guardiola is a serial winner, a magnet for silverware and he is being tipped to add yet another trophy to the club’s growing cabinet. During stints for Barcelona and Bayern Munich he mopped up Copa del Rey and DFB-Pokal medals, so he is not one to turn his nose up at domestic affairs.
Liverpool will be focused on retaining their Premier League crown, but Jurgen Klopp is yet to taste domestic cup success as Liverpool boss, with the Reds exiting the competition at either third round, fourth or fifth round in each of the last five seasons. Some bookies have them at 8/1 to reach the Wembley showpiece and lift a first FA Cup since 2006.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are not far behind at 7/1 with certain bookmakers. Mourinho, like Guardiola, knows how to win trophies and even guided Manchester United to an FA Cup final in 2018. The Portuguese hasn’t lifted the trophy since his first stint in the Chelsea dugout, and he will no doubt be wanting to end that drought.
Next up in most places is Manchester United, who will be smarting from yet another semi-final defeat in the League Cup against City.
Despite a few hiccups over the past few weeks and Frank Lampard’s future the subject of discussion, Chelsea have been backed at 6/1 by some bookmakers to have their ribbons adorning the trophy this season. There is no doubt the Blues have the talent to go all the way, but the question remains the same: will Lampard find a winning formula? He reached the final last term, but will he go one better this time around?
Current holders Arsenal are surprisingly one of the least preferred ‘Big Six’ clubs to go all the way. Mikel Arteta may have endured a worrying autumnal wobble but he has since steadied the ship, while the Gunners have an historic attachment to this competition, lifting the FA Cup more than any other club.
The FA Cup 2020/21 contenders ranked from dark horses to favourite:
- Last win: 1960
- 2020 finish: Third round (replay)
Nuno Espirito Santo and his brilliant Wolves side were literally a minute away from giving us the ultimate style clash in the 2019 FA Cup final but lost their nerve and Watford progressed in extra-time, only to get absolutely mauled by Man City at Wembley. Wolves will be out to get back there this season but although they are built to excel in one-off cup ties, without Raul Jimenez they might lack the firepower to punch through the defensive armour of the better sides.
- Last win: 1976
- 2020 finish: Fourth round (replay)
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s wildcard side can never be discounted. They are well-coached and James Ward-Prowse’s set piece mastery will always give them an edge in any cup tie.
- Last win: n/a
- 2020 finish: Quarter-finals
Leicester have never won the FA Cup, but then before 2016 they had never won the Premier League either. The Foxes are loaded with offensive talent that can make the difference even if the side isn’t playing well; but the thing is they often play superbly, too, thanks to Brendan Rodgers’ excellent coaching. They have a solid goalkeeper, quality full-backs, an excellent midfield… there’s not a weakness to be found in the squad make-up. Only their inexperience could cost them.
- Last win: 1995
- 2020 finish: Third round
Carlo Ancelotti has transformed Everton into a team loaded with talent and creativity. They’re obviously still susceptible to “being Everton” and Jordan Pickford has some major weaknesses, but if the Italian can get all their big guns fit you’d back them against anyone. Literally, they have the talent to beat any side in England.
- Last win: 2020
- 2020 finish: Winners
The cup kings of the last decade, Arsenal upset the odds last season to quite incredibly beat both Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final and claim their record 14th win. This year, they will want to be more ambitious with their style of play, which in turn could actually make them more prone to being eliminated. Still, you can’t count them out.
5. Manchester United
- Last win: 2016
- 2020 finish: Semi-finals
The Red Devils are a growing force under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. From giant-killers to a Bruno Fernandes-led parade to what appears to be a pretty good football team? There’s a few glaring weaknesses in the team (defensive midfield and right-wing, most obviously) but by and large United are now talented and all pulling in the same direction. Solskjaer would love to deliver silverware to Old Trafford and with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford leading the charge he’s certainly got a chance.
- Last win: 2018
- 2020 finish: Final
The Blues will feel that they should have won the FA Cup last year having beaten Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United on their way to the final but they came up short. They lost, but spent big in the summer so expect them to be back again. Frank Lampard’s side has such an abundance of firepower that he could probably field two completely different attack and midfield units and either would be worthy and capable of winning the tournament. Watch out for the Blues!
- Last win: 1991
- 2020 finish: Fifth round
Spurs haven’t won the FA Cup since 1991 but are third favourites for this season. Why? One word: Mourinho. The Portuguese coach is a serial winner and the FA Cup represents his best chance to win a prestigious trophy this season. With Kane & Son leading the side with their dynamic interplay and gorging on goals, and Mourinho’s wily ways setting them up to navigate knockout matches, you can understand why Tottenham are one of the favourites to take the 2021 FA Cup.
- Last win: 2006
- 2020 finish: Fifth round
Such is the aura of brilliance exuded by Liverpool right now that they are one of the favourites for the FA Cup, even though Jurgen Klopp has never shown anything but disdain for domestic cup competition and will likely field a side full of youngsters and reserves. They may win a match or two but should come unstuck against a genuinely good side.
1. Manchester City
- Last win: 2019
- 2020 finish: Semi-finals
There are two teams in England that are on a different level to the rest, and of the two of those Manchester City are the only ones who take the FA Cup seriously. Pep Guardiola’s men won the FA Cup two years ago as part of a domestic treble and they have such an abundance of quality that is so well-coached, with a defence that has newly re-found its vigour and an attack learning to score without relying on Sergio Aguero, that it’s hard to see them not regaining the title they inexplicably lost to Arsenal last year.