Although Chelsea FC are coming off their worst effort of the season last weekend, they remain the favorites to claim the FA Cup. The Blues got out-manned and out-planned but their former Manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United on Easter Sunday, in match that was an aberration from the fine form the Blues have displayed this season.
It’s been reported that a virus could have have afflicted a few Chelsea FC players, and thus held the back from giving their best against the Red Devils.
Nevertheless, Chelsea FC remain the favorites to claim the Premier League title, with their crosstown rivals, and this weekend’s semifinal opponent Tottenham Hotspur right on their heels. You still have a little over a months to pick up some FA Cup Final Tickets as the event takes place on May 27th, with a start time still TBD. Here are the outright title odds for each of the four finalists-
Chelsea and Manchester City are 2/1, Tottenham are 16/1 and Arsenal are 9/2, says Sky Bet’s website. For this weekend’s semifinals, Chelsea are slight favorites over Spurs at 13/8, with odds for a draw at 12/5. Tottenham are being backed at 7/4.
You can make a case that this is the real, genuine FA Cup final as you have the top two teams in the league squaring off against each other. The PFA Best XI of the season team came out Thursday, and that list backs up that idea with eight of the eleven players hailing from the two clubs (Spurs and Chelsea each had four apiece).
On the other side, Manchester City, at 17/20 are favored over Arsenal, who are backed at 14/5. Odds for a draw are set at 29/10.
With three of the four semifinalists hailing from London, you know that at least one, if not both of the finalists, will have a very large supporter contingent at the national stadium for the final clash. Their London based supporters won’t have to travel far in order to root their beloved side on to FA Cup glory.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times and NBC Chicago.com, contributes to Chicago Tribune.com, Bold, WGN CLTV and KOZN.Powered by Sidelines Follow paulmbanks