FA Cup Odds
Come January every season, and the country is gripped with FA Cup third round fever.
Without fail, media outlets countrywide trot out the famous clichés regarding “magic”, “tradition” and “upsets”, while part-timers from amateur sides are given their time in the spotlight.
Yet for all that it’s easy to be cynical about such events, the truth is that if the famous old competition continues to throw up implausible scenarios and eye-catching spectacles that defy the FA Cup odds.
The FA Cup odds remain a breeding ground for upsets
Take last season, when Newcastle crashed out to Stevenage, Sunderland lost at home to Notts County, Middlesbrough were beaten by Burton Albion and top Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester City were held by Championship sides Leeds and Leicester respectively.
Crawley Town became the first non-league side to make the fifth round since 1994, and were handed a plum tie at Old Trafford, where they only lost 1-0 to eventual Premier League champions Manchester United.
Non-league sides a feature of the FA Cup odds
This year the FA Cup odds will once again make intriguing viewing come January, when non-league sides across the country who have made through numerous qualifying ties in addition to rounds one and two will look to follow in Crawley Town’s footsteps.
Another side looking for a repeat performance will be Manchester City. The big-spending club ended a 35-year wait for a trophy with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stoke.
With boss Roberto Mancini again having splashed the cash this summer in search of success, the FA Cups odds will favour City.