After almost a year of football, the 2020/21 FA Cup is about to finish with Chelsea and Leicester City facing off in the final at Wembley on Saturday.
When the semi-final draw was made, Chelsea were one of the outsiders to reach the final, pit against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City who were, at the time, on course for the quadruple.
However, Hakim Ziyech’s second-half strike was enough to put paid to that, securing the Blues’ spot in a second consecutive FA Cup final. In the other tie, Leicester City also overcame Premier League opposition by a single goal, with Kelechi Iheanacho downing Southampton to book their spot in the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969.
So we’re down to the final two, but who takes the cup? Here are the latest odds on the favourites to win the FA Cup in 2020/2021:
FA Cup outright odds (via Sky Bet)
Who’s the favourite to win this season’s FA Cup?
As we hit the final weeks of the 2020/21 season, these two sides are both in good form, but Chelsea just about have the upper hand on the odds. The Blues have been remarkable since Thomas Tuchel took charge, winning 17, drawing six and losing just two of his 25 games across all competitions. Once of those defeats came in the Champions League against, but Chelsea had already done enough to go through to the next round, while the West Bromwich Albion reverse can only be described as bizarre.
That run has seen them beat Real Madrid, Manchester City twice, Atletico Madrid twice and Tottenham Hotspur while drawing with Manchester United. On top of the FA Cup final, they are also in the Champions League final and look to be in a good position to finish in the Premier League’s top four. Hence why they are the odds-on favourites to win the FA Cup.
However, Leicester should not be taken lightly. Although they don’t have the recent experience in cup finals, Brendan Rodgers has done an excellent job for the Foxes and on their day they can take anyone on. Since securing their spot in the FA Cup final, Leicester have won three of their five games, drawing one and suffering a defeat to Newcastle United – like Chelsea’s against West Brom, this was bizarre, going 4-0 down before bringing it back to 4-2.
They did bounce back in a big way though, beating Man Utd 2-1 at Old Trafford to tighten their grip on a place in the top four. Leicester are now third, eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, and know just two points from their final two games will be enough to secure Champions League football. Although the Man Utd team they faced was severely weakened, the win gives them good momentum to take to Wembley.
History is also against them in the odds, with Wigan and Portsmouth the only two teams outside of England’s biggest five clubs to win the FA Cup this century.
FA Cup final
Chelsea vs Leicester City
The FA Cup final will be played on Saturday 15 May at Wembley, kicking off at 5:15pm UK time.