The FA Cup is most famous for its magic. “Magic” in this context has, over time, referred to how the small teams have constantly found a way to eliminate the big boys in the competition. It’s a competition that really depicts that famous slogan, “Anything can happen.” And this season, that mantra hasn’t changed.
This year’s edition of the competition has had its own fair share of surprising results already, including Rochdale’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham and Wigan’s famous win over Manchester City, ending the Cityzens’ quadruple chase.
With the round of 16 done and dusted, the stage is set for the quarter-final, especially after the draws were made last weekend. But before the quarter-final games, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea will replay their game. Tottenham will host Rochdale in a replay too.
Speaking of the draws, this is what it looks like:
- Leicester vs. Chelsea
- Wigan vs. Southampton
- Manchester United vs. Brighton
- Swansea/Sheffield Wednesday vs. Tottenham/Rochdale.
From the draws above, you can see that there are still at least 5 Premier League teams in the running to win the FA Cup. What this means is that there’s a very high possibility that one of these teams will win the trophy.
For teams like Leicester City and Southampton, they will be looking to take advantage of the fact that they’re not involved in any other competition. No Premier League title chase and no European commitments. This should be fuel enough to forge ahead in the competition.
The same cannot be said about the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Both teams, although out of the running for a Premier League title this season, are still very much alive in the UEFA Champions League. Add to that that the race for the top four and you will understand how hard it is for these two teams to win this competition.
Yes, it may be the only chance for either club to win a trophy this season (judging by how competitive the Champions League is). As such, they may not take this year’s FA Cup lightly. But staying alive in the competition will mean more games to be played and an increased probability of players suffering injuries.
We can’t talk about Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham or Rochdale because it’s still very much balanced between both sides.
Wigan Athletic, after defeating Manchester City, will have a spring in their steps going forward in this competition. Although they’re a League 1 side, they’ve made the world a better place by eliminating one of the favorites in the competition.
The belief in the team will be sky-high and there’s a high chance they make it even further in the FA Cup competition this year.
As for Brighton, they will have one eye on the trophy and another on avoiding relegation. It’s a tale of mixed feelings for them and it will be a joy to see how they handle themselves in the competition as times goes by.
With all that has been said so far, which team do you think has a better chance of winning this year’s edition of the FA Cup? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.