We’re already into the midst of the FA Cup Season, and teams from all walks of life will be battling it out across the country to achieve the coveted title on 30th May 2015.
Last year, the final showdown was a battle of North versus South as Hull City took on Arsenal, only for the Gunners to take the trophy with a final score of 3-2, courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s extra time goal. This year however, all eyes are on Chelsea, who is joint favourites to win the FA Cup.
Joining the ranks of Chelsea as potential winners for this year’s FA Cup are Manchester City and Manchester United, who also have odds of 6/1 to take the Cup home. It’s an interesting trio as far as history is concerned – Chelsea won no major titles last season, while Manchester United earned an embarrassing seventh place in last year’s Premier League. Manchester City, meanwhile, are the current champions of the Premier League, while Chelsea trailed behind in third place.
As far as competition is concerned, the current results show that Chelsea have nothing to worry about should they be paired against Manchester United. Louis van Gaal’s 11 had a humiliating start to the Premier League as they lost to Swansea City 2-1, despite Wayne Rooney’s best efforts. Manchester City, meanwhile, have fared far better in the early games of the league, beating Newcastle United 2-0 at home.
This time around however, Chelsea could have the secret ingredient they need to secure the FA Cup. Last season, there was a noticeable lack of clinical striking power up front, and Mourinho has taken care of this to make sure he can light up not only the FA Cup, but also potentially the Premier and Champions Leagues as well.
Atlético Madrid’s Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have both been signed up for their talents; meanwhile former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has also joined the ranks. Based on the standard of the new talent alone, Chelsea should have no trouble progressing all the way to the top and taking the FA Cup home, particularly if their closest rivals Manchester United continue with their flailing reputation.
Last year’s winners are a close second to Chelsea with odds of 15/2, but they cannot boast the same Spanish power as the Blues. With a fantastic squad and relatively challenge-free opponents, there’s every reason why the FA Cup will be Chelsea’s this season.
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