Man City 8/1 to secure back-to-back FA Cup victories
The FA Cup has been successfully defended on two occasions in the last ten years and this could make Manchester City decent value to win again at Wembley next season.
Manchester City are 8/1 in the FA Cup odds to win the competition again next season following their victory over Stoke and repeat victories have become relatively common in recent campaigns.
In the post-war era, the FA Cup has been won by the same team in consecutive years on five occasions, including by Arsenal in 2002 and 2003 and most recently in 2009 and 2010 by Chelsea.
Manchester City will fancy their chances of adding their name to this list and there are two big reasons as to why they will be leading FA Cup contenders again next season.
Roberto Mancini is expected to spend big in the summer and there is a large possibility that he will be told to put together a big enough squad to challenge on all fronts.
Therefore, even if picking a slightly weakened team in the FA Cup as the team place the majority of their focus on winning the Premier League and Champions League, the starting line-up will still likely be too strong for the majority of the opposition.
Secondly, Mancini has largely opted to set his team up with a defensive mindset with two holding midfielders, which is hard to break down.
This is especially useful in cup competitions if they can pinch a goal at the other end, which was in the case in both the semi finals and final of the FA Cup this season.
Manchester United have been installed as the favourites to win the 2012 FA Cup at 6/1, with Chelsea 7/1 to win the competition for the third time in four seasons.
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