Man United’s clear schedule rates them as best FA Cup bet

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After the weekend’s FA Cup action saw QPR humiliated at the hands of undisputed cup side Sheffield United and a handful of other Premier League outfits struggle to overcome lesser opposition, Chelsea still couldn’t break into clear water as far as the outright betting market for the competition was concerned.

Following their 3-0 win at home to Watford, the Blues were cut from 11/2 to 9/2 to claim favouritism for this season’s tournament, but have to share the honour with Manchester City for the time being despite the Citizens needing to come from behind against Sheffield Wednesday.

For punters looking to make a buck or two come the Wembley showpiece though, it could well pay to side with the third favourites, Manchester United, who at 11/2 rate as bemusing stragglers to the pace set by their two shorter rivals.

Having overcome plucky Yeovil Town 2-0 in the third round, the Red Devils move into the next stage of the competition with a real desire to win it following their embarrassment at the hands of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup and a lack of European football this season.

With a less hectic schedule to contend with compared to their foes, United will be able to throw their full weight behind the competition without worrying about the need to rest any of the squad for bigger occasions, hence the appearance of Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao at Huish Park.

A further string to their bow is their manager Louis van Gaal, who holds cup competitions close to his heart when he takes over a club.

The notepad-loving Dutchman has won domestic cup honours with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his managerial career and has made it clear that claiming the FA Cup in his first season at Old Trafford is high on his list of priorities.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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