Our tipster takes a look at the FA Cup outright market and suggests that Spurs may represent good value ahead of this weekend's fifth round action
The FA Cup has thrown up plenty of shocks so far this season, with two non-league sides - Lincoln City and Sutton United - reaching the last 16 of the competition for the first time in its history.
Nevertheless, five of the top six sides in the Premier League have reached the fifth round, with only Liverpool failing to make it this far; as a consequence, there is very much a three-tier feel to the FA Cup outright market ahead of this weekend's action.
Manchester City, who have scored eight goals without reply in away wins against West Ham United and Crystal Palace respectively in their opening two FA Cup ties, are chalked up as Paddy Power's 100/30 (4.33) favourites to ensure that Pep Guardiola's first season in English football does not end empty-handed, while Chelsea are chalked up as a 7/2 (4.50) chance with the same firm.
Antonio Conte's men are on course to reclaim the Premier League title at the end of the current campaign and FA Cup success could well provide the icing on the cake for the former Azzurri manager, who took up the reins at Stamford Bridge last summer.
Arsenal suffered a bitterly disappointing 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek, leaving their dream of European glory in tatters once again, but the Gunners have had success in this competition in recent times, taking the trophy in both 2014 and 2015.
Wenger's men face Sutton United for a place in the quarter-finals and the north Londoners are chalked up as a 4/1 (5.0) shot with Paddy Power to win the FA Cup for the third time in just four seasons.
Defending champions, Manchester United, now under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to repeat last season's heroics by winning the showpiece final at Wembley in May, while Tottenham Hotspur, who came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to avoid an upset against Wycombe Wanderers in the last round, make up the big five in the betting; Pochettino's team are a 13/2 (7.50) chance to take the trophy for the first time in 26 years.
Leicester City, Premier League champions last season, and Middlesbrough, who host Oxford United this weekend, can be backed at 18/1 (19.0) and 25/1 (26.0) respectively with Paddy Power; Burnley, bidding to reach the sixth round for the first time since 2003 when they line up against Lincoln City, can be backed at 20/1 (21.0) to win the Cup.
No side from outside the top tier of English football has won the FA Cup since West Ham United in 1980 and the odds compilers do not expect that trend to be bucked this term. Fulham, who host Spurs on Sunday, are an 80/1 (81.0) chance to win the competition, alongside Huddersfield Town who take on Manchester City on Saturday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, conquerors of Liverpool in the fourth round, are a 100/1 (101.0) chance to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1960.
Blackburn Rovers, who host Manchester United at Ewood Park, and Millwall, who have already beaten both AFC Bournemouth and Watford, are both chalked up as a 200/1 (201.0) chance, while Oxford United are a 250/1 (251.0) shot.
The FA Cup looks fiercely competitive this term, but Spurs have already shown their mettle, battling back from the brink against Wycombe Wanderers in the last round. Fulham are in fine form but, sitting just outside the play-off places, their league form could well take priority and the visitors have a deep enough squad to take advantage.
With that in mind, Paddy Power's 13/2 (7.50) quote for Pochettino's side to take the silverware offers decent value for punters ahead of this weekend's action.
|Tottenham Hotspur to win the FA Cup at 13/2 (7.50) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|