With the FA Cup semi-finalists decided we take a look at who could win the competition
Now we know the full semi-final lineup for the FA Cup, following Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers, fans can potentially look forward to an all-Premier League final.
As a result, we review who could eventually win one of the most iconic trophies in football, and offer our early recommendations of bets on each team.
It is perhaps hardly surprising to learn that holders, and Premier League second-placed Arsenal are favourites with the bookies. Punters can get an odds-on 5/6 best price for the Gunners to win it with Bet365, and out of each club left, they look the most settled.
Olivier Giroud is in the form of his life right now, and with fellow attackers Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck also performing, plus Mesut Ozil looking increasingly like he is reaching world class status, the Gunners are coming into form at the right time.
The Reds who have won the competition twice since 2000, most recently in the 2005/06 season when Steven Gerrard inspired them to victory against West Ham in one of the best finals of modern times, are 43/23 with Coral and will want send their captain off to the MLS on a high.
Currently going through a rocky patch in the league, after a 4-1 Premier League defeat to Arsenal last time out, manager Brendan Rodgers will be determined to put a stop to the negative press he’s received recently by winning silverware.
Should the West Midlands outfit lift the FA Cup, they will have done what many would have thought impossible six months ago when they were floundering near the relegation zone. They are 10/1 to win the trophy with Ladbrokes and manager Tim Sherwood would have pulled off a masterstroke having turned the club’s fortunes around significantly since he came in.
Getting striker Christian Benteke scoring again is worth his contract alone, and he can be key behind any trophy triumph, and if Fabian Delph does, as rumoured, leave in the summer, he would like nothing more than to help the club win the FA Cup.
Arguably the outsiders, and they have to come through a hard semi-final tie with the Gunners first. The Royals are 25/1 with PaddyPower to win the competition and if they do progress their odds will shorten dramatically.
However, the Berkshire club aren’t strictly safe from the drop in the Championship and by the time the occasion arrives, league preservation may take precedent.