The FA Cup is down to the Round of 16 with three heavyweights remaining in Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. City will play League One leaders, Wigan Athletic in a rematch of the 2013 final that Wigan won. It didn’t go any better in 2014 for City against Wigan, as City lost in the quarterfinals. It may be different this time around, as City is dominating the Premier League and should be very focused for the FA Cup. City is the favorite to win the FA Cup at odds of +225, while Manchester United is the second choice at odds of +300.
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Odds to Win 2017-2018 FA Cup
Manchester City +225
Manchester United +300
Leicester City +1400
West Brom +3300
Field – (Any other Team) +2500
Four Main Contenders
It would be hard to see any team other than one of the top four winning the FA Cup, as only Wigan has come through as a longshot in the last decade. Manchester City is the team to beat, especially since they have a big lead in the Premier League. If that race tightens then perhaps you could make a case for another team, but right now City can be focused on the FA Cup because they have a big lead in the EPL. United is playing really well right now but they don’t have a lot of value at odds of +300. Chelsea and Tottenham could be in the mix, but it is just hard to see much value in taking either squad, as City looks to be the clear choice. City has been getting outstanding play this season from Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne. He has been making great plays all season and has his squad playing at a very high level. It will be interesting to see how United does now that they have Alexis Sanchez on their squad. He looked really good against Yeovil Town and manager Jose Mourinho will be playing him a lot going forward.
Round of 16 Matchups
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Notts County or Swansea
West Brom vs. Southampton
Chelsea vs. Hull
Leicester City vs. Sheffield United
Huddersfield or Birmingham vs. Manchester United
Millwall or Rochdale vs. Newport or Tottenham
Brighton vs. Coventry
Wigan vs. Manchester City
Beyond the obvious focus on the matchup between Wigan and Manchester City, there is a chance for new Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal to get off to a good start, as Swansea faces Sheffield Wednesday assuming they get past Notts Country as expected. United should have a favorable matchup against either Huddersfield or Birmingham. Chelsea should have little trouble with Hull, while Tottenham could have an interesting test against Millwall assuming both Millwall and Tottenham win their replays. The Spurs would have to play on the road and Millwall would not be an easy out. These teams met in 2017 and there were some ugly moments when fans from the two teams clashed. There is also an all-Premier League matchup, as West Brom takes on Southampton.
The fourth-round replays will be played on February 6 and 7, as Birmingham takes on Huddersfield, Rochdale faces Millwall, Swansea plays Notts County and it is Tottenham taking on Newport County.
The fifth-round fixtures will be played on February 17 and February 18. The games on Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18 have Manchester City at Wigan, Notts County or Swansea at Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton at West Brom, Sheffield United at Leicester City, Manchester United at Huddersfield or Birmingham, Newport County or Tottenham at Millwall or Rochdale, Coventry City at Brighton and Hull at Chelsea.
Looking ahead, the quarterfinals will be played on the weekend of March 17-18, the semifinals on April 21 and the final will be played on May 19.
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