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Betting Preview for the 2021 FA Cup Quarterfinals

| March 3, 2021 10:10 am PDT
Previewing 2021 FA Cup Quarter Finals

Following months of thrilling action, just eight of the 736 teams that entered the 2020/21 FA Cup remain in the competition.

Of course, many of the usual suspects are still in contention to lift the famous trophy at Wembley on May 15, with EPL giants like Manchester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United hoping to bolster their bustling silverware cabinets.

But with Championship side Bournemouth still going strong and Premier League struggler Sheffield United refusing to go down without a fight, betting on the FA Cup quarterfinals in 2021 should be fun.

After taking a look at the winner odds for the 2021 FA Cup, I assess the odds for every quarter-final tie before sharing my FA Cup predictions for the last eight.

The quarter-final action kicks off on Saturday, March 20. If you’re planning to bet on the FA Cup in 2021, keep reading!

Evaluating the 2021 FA Cup Quarterfinal Ties

Let’s start by checking out the 2021 FA Cup quarter-final draw in full.

On Saturday, March 20, Bournemouth hosts south-coast rival Southampton in the early kick-off, before Man City visits Everton later in the day.

Chelsea then welcomes Sheff Utd to Stamford Bridge for the early game on Sunday, March 21, with Leicester facing Man Utd on Sunday evening.

  • Bournemouth vs. Southampton
  • Everton vs. Manchester City
  • Chelsea vs. Sheffield United
  • Leicester City vs. Manchester United

Bournemouth is the only non-EPL team left in the competition. But with Southampton enduring a woeful run of form at the moment, the Cherries will be confident of upsetting the odds.

Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to enhance their chances of completing a remarkable quadruple when they take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, while the Blades will surely be hoping to avoid humiliation against the revitalized Blues.

Leicester vs. Man Utd promises to be a closely fought contest between two evenly matched teams, with both sides pushing for a top-four spot in the Premier League this term.

Updated FA Cup Winner Odds for 2021

It’s now time to assess the latest 2021 FA Cup winner odds. Remember – make sure you shop around at the leading online sportsbooks to get the best FA Cup odds.

Manchester City-2.90
Chelsea-4.50
Manchester United-5.50
Leicester City-11.00
Southampton-13.00
Everton-15.00
Sheffield United-34.00
Bournemouth-51.00

Unsurprisingly, Man City (2.90) remains the firm favorite to win the FA Cup this season. However, the bookmakers seem to think that Chelsea (4.50) and Man Utd (5.50) also stand a decent chance.

Chelsea was priced at 8.00 before the previous round, while Man Utd was at 6.00. But as you can see, both of their prices have dropped, with the Blues’ odds falling significantly.

There isn’t much to separate Leicester (11.00), Southampton (13.00), and Everton (15.00), leaving Sheff Utd (34.00) and Bournemouth (51.00) as the clear outsiders.

Now, let’s take a closer look at every FA Cup quarter-final tie.

Odds and Predictions for Every FA Cup Quarterfinal Tie

In this section, I assess the odds for the FA Cup quarterfinals and share my prediction for each tie.

Can Bournemouth and Sheff Utd upset the odds? Who will come out on top when the Foxes host the Red Devils? Will Man City cruise past Everton?

Read on to see my 2021 FA Cup quarterfinals predictions and betting tips.

Bournemouth vs. Southampton

  • Bournemouth to Qualify – 2.65
  • Southampton to Qualify – 1.38

If Southampton’s recent performances – and results – are anything to go by, the Cherries stand a genuine chance reaching the semi-finals.

Following an impressive start to the season, the Saints have lost eight of their last nine Premier League matches, going from European hopefuls to relegation candidates in the space of just two months.

Southampton secured a positive 2-0 victory over Wolves last month to reach the quarterfinals. Still, with the club’s injury list getting bigger by the week, Ralph Hasenhüttl is likely to rest a number of his key players for the short trip along the south coast.

BOURNEMOUTH VS. SOUTHAMPTON (RECENT HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD)
Date Result
July 19, 2020 Bournemouth 0-2 Southampton
September 20, 2019 Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth
April 27, 2019 Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth
October 20, 2018 Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton
April 28, 2018 Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth

Meanwhile, the Cherries find themselves sitting just inside the Championship play-off places, despite recently undergoing a managerial change. Jonathan Woodgate replaced Jason Tindall last month, but the club is still on track for promotion.

Bournemouth saw off EPL side Burnley with ease in the previous round, claiming a comfortable 2-0 win. If Woodgate’s men produce another display of that caliber when Southampton visits the Vitality Stadium, they could beat the Saints.

Everton vs. Manchester City

  • Everton to Qualify – 4.05
  • Manchester City to Qualify – 1.17

Man City’s seemingly unstoppable winning streak has seen the club open up an almost unassailable lead at the summit of the Premier League table, leaving the country’s other top teams straggling miles behind.

With a League Cup final to look forward to, as well as a promising Champions League campaign to build on, people are beginning to ask – can Man City win the quadruple this season?

Well, I can’t see Guardiola’s side slipping up against Everton.

The Toffees have made solid progress under the watchful eye of Ancelotti this season, there is no doubt about that. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goals have ensured that a top-four finish is still very much on the cards, but let’s not forget that Man City beat Everton 3-1 just last month.

Even if City does experience a slight dip in form before the quarterfinals, the runaway EPL leader should be able to get the better of Everton again.

Chelsea vs. Sheffield United

  • Chelsea to Qualify – 1.13
  • Sheffield United to Qualify – 4.60

Thomas Tuchel has made an undeniable impact since replacing Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot seat. The former PSG boss has overseen a sizeable unbeaten run in the Premier League, along with an FA Cup fifth-round win over Barnsley.

The Blues aren’t scoring many goals at the moment. In fact, they failed to net more than two goals in any of Tuchel’s first seven EPL matches. But at the other end of the pitch, Chelsea’s backline is looking assured.

Having kept five clean sheets during the same period, Tuchel’s side shouldn’t have any problems when the blunt Blades come to the capital.

CHELSEA UNDER THOMAS TUCHEL (FIRST SEVEN EPL GAMES)
Date Scoreline Result
January 27 0-0 vs. Wolves D
January 31 2-0 vs. Burnley W
February 4 1-0 vs. Tottenham W
February 7 2-1 vs. Sheff Utd W
February 15 2-0 vs. Newcastle W
February 20 1-1 vs. Southampton D
February 28 0-0 vs. Man Utd D

We all know that Sheff Utd has already made the worst start to a Premier League campaign on record this season. But unfortunately for Chris Wilder’s men, thing haven’t improved as the campaign has developed.

With relegation from the EPL all but confirmed, the Blades will surely give their all in the FA Cup. However, that still won’t be enough to knock Chelsea out of the competition, at least in my opinion.

Leicester City vs. Manchester United

  • Leicester City to Qualify – 1.95
  • Manchester United to Qualify – 1.74

Leicester and Man Utd have been battling at the top end of the Premier League table for the majority of the 2020/21 season, with both sides seemingly in control of their respective bids for Champions League soccer.

Yes, City seems to have the EPL title wrapped up. But both Leicester and United look set to challenge for the runner-up spot this term.

The Foxes have seen off Stoke, Brentford, and Brighton en route to the quarterfinals, while Man Utd has knocked out Watford, Liverpool, and West Ham to reach the last eight. The two sides produced a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day, making it difficult to predict who will come out on top this time around.

Both teams boast creative attacking talents. Harvey Barnes and James Madisson have been excellent for Leicester this season, while Bruno Fernandes has shone for the Red Devils throughout the campaign.

On the other hand, both sides have started to leak goals in recent weeks, meaning we could be set for a high-scoring encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Ultimately, Leicester’s price offers slightly better value, so I’m siding with the home team here.

Closing Thoughts on the 2021 FA Cup Quarterfinals

It feels like there is no shortage of exciting opportunities to bet on the FA Cup quarterfinals in 2021.

Man City should get the better of Everton, while Chelsea is expected to knock out Sheff Utd. But Bournemouth’s clash with Southampton is destined to be tight, as is Leicester vs. Man Utd.

Well, that’s it for my betting preview of the FA Cup quarterfinals. I will be publishing individual match previews for every FA Cup quarterfinal tie in our soccer picks section, so make sure you check those out.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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