While Leicester caused a stir last year by winning the FA Cup, Manchester City are favorites to win the trophy
This article contains affiliate links. We may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it.
The 2021-22 FA Cup offers a new page in the history book of football’s oldest cup competition.
While Leicester City added a new name to the trophy with their shocking win last season, 23 of the last 26 editions have been won by the same five clubs – Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
With round three kicking off in January, GOAL has everything you need to know about the favourites, underdogs and outsiders to win the historic trophy in 2022.
- Nico Schlotterbeck: Bayern Munich target who shut out Haaland and has the world at his feet
- Football on TV this week: Matches to watch & live stream in India today, tomorrow & this weekend
- ISL 2021-22: Participating teams, fixtures table, top scorers, stadium and all you need to know
- ‘The world’s his oyster’ – The making of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning star Reece James
FA Cup 2021-22 favourites
Despite Manchester City having dominated the Premier League and League Cup for the past decade, they have only won the FA Cup once in the past 10 seasons – as part of their domestic treble in 2019. Yet it is the clear 10/3 (4.33 ) favorites to go all out this time, with their dominant performances at the top of the Premier League suggesting they are more than capable of fighting on all fronts once again.
Chelsea stood between City and Champions League glory in last season’s final and will be priced at 6/1 (7.0) to beat them in FA Cup glory this campaign as well.
The Blues have taken part in four of the last five finals but have only finished on the winning side once, losing to Arsenal and Leicester in the past two seasons.
Despite this, Thomas Tuchel has shown himself to be a strong tactician in cup competitions and is more than capable of bringing this trophy back to Stamford Bridge for the ninth time.
Liverpool are fighting neck and neck with both Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League, and unsurprisingly, Liverpool are at 1-7 (8.0) in the FA Cup bet.
Jurgen Klopp has been accused of not taking this competition seriously enough in the past, having never made it past the fifth round in his six seasons with Merseyside.
With less team depth at his disposal than Guardiola and Tuchel, the German has mostly focused his resources on success in the Champions League and Premier League.
Nevertheless, the Reds would no doubt be happy to see this trophy return to Anfield for the first time since 2006.
While Manchester United have come a long way from their historic rivals in the competition this season, Manchester United have the same odds of 7/1 (8.0) in the FA Cup.
With the Premier League title an unrealistic dream, Ralf Rangnick’s star-studded squad will be determined to save their season with some silverware and are strong contenders for FA Cup glory.
FA Cup 2021-22 contenders
Arsenal recently proved themselves the undisputed champions of this competition by winning four of the last eight editions to bring their total tally to 14 wins – two more than their nearest competitor.
Given their love affair with the cup and their promising form under Mikel Arteta, odds of 12/1 (13.0) offer much temptation for them to bring the trophy to the Emirates again this season.
While North London rivals Tottenham haven’t won this trophy since 1991, the Antonio Conte factor sees them priced at that same 12/1 (13.0) price to end that long wait this season.
The Italian boss won this competition as Chelsea manager in 2018 and is more than capable of achieving the same success with a talented Spurs side.
After disrupting their chances of winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history last season, Leicester City can be backed at 14/1 (15.0) to strike two lightning bolts by retaining their trophy this season.
Outside of the Europa League and EFL Cup, and due to a difficult campaign in the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers’ team will be paying close attention to cup success this year.
Rafa Benitez, still struggling to win over Everton fans after his controversial summer appointment, is available on 20/1 (21.0) to celebrate with their first FA Cup title since 1995 The former Liverpool boss won this trophy in memorable fashion in 2006 but faces an uphill challenge to repeat that success at Goodison Park.
Former Everton manager David Moyes appears to have potentially better value at those same 20/1 (21.0) odds, given his West Ham side’s impressive performances over the past few seasons.
The Hammers last tasted FA Cup glory in 1980, but will see themselves as real contenders this season.
Outside bets to win FA Cup 2021-22
After etching his name into the FA Cup legend with his match-winning display for Liverpool in 2006, Steven Gerrard cost 33/1 (34.0) to win the league as manager of Aston Villa.
The former Rangers manager has had a strong start at Villa Park and could be the man to end their 65-year wait for an eighth FA Cup win.
Fellow Premier League teams Brighton, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton and Wolves are all available with the same 33/1 (34.0) odds of beating the usual FA Cup suspects, with no team outside the top tier having the league won since West Ham in 1980.
Crystal Palace seem generously priced at 50/1 (51.0) compared to some of their Premier League rivals, with manager Patrick Vieira having won the cup four times during his illustrious career at Arsenal.