FA Cup 2019/20: Leicester look well placed to mount another cup run

Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year festivities are behind us, so that can mean only one thing… the FA Cup third round is upon us.

It's that special time of year when the magic of the cup is all around, but who's name will be on the famous old trophy come May?

Here are three teams, who could make a charge for Wembley…

The pick: Leicester – 12/1

What a season so far for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The Foxes are second in the Premier League, 14 points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, and have reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, where they will take on Aston Villa next week.

Rodgers, who is used to the winning feeling from his time in charge at Celtic, has an excellent squad at his disposal, and he's got them firing on all cylinders in 2019, and there's no reason why that shouldn't continue into 2020. They are full capable of mounting a strong challenge in the FA Cup when their FA Cup campaign begins on Saturday with a home tie against Championship side Wigan.

Granted it's not the 5000/1 they were to win the league ahead of the 2015/16 season, but at 12/1 Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and co are overpriced to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

Leicester vs Wigan – Match Odds

Leicester: 2/15

Draw: 27/4

Wigan: 12/1

The dark horse: West Ham – 33/1

What a difference a few days make!

The Hammers were struggling for any sort of form under Manuel Pellegrini, who was eventually sacked following his side's defeat to Leicester last Saturday. Fast forward to New Year's Day, and with David Moyes at the helm, everything seems a little better at the London Stadium after a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.

They are still just two points above the relegation zone in the Premier League so there is still work to be done if they are to avoid dropping out of the top-flight, but if they can build on their win against Bournemouth and string a few more positive results together they will be quickly be looking up the table.

With a trip to Gillingham in the third round, Moyes will want to keep the positive mood going with a win at the Priestfield Stadium. And if their league position continues to improve in the coming weeks Moyes could have the freedom to get an FA Cup run going.

The Hammers faithful would love nothing more than a first FA Cup final since 2006 and with five of the last seven finals featuring a side from the bottom half of the league table, maybe it's West Ham's turn to reach the showpiece final again.

Gillingham vs West Ham – Match Odds

Gillingham: 15/4

Draw: 57/20

West Ham: 10/17

The long shot: Brighton – 50/1

That last stat could also make interesting reading for Brighton!

Watford reached last season's final which will give hope for sides like Brighton, who have already had some big wins this season.

Graham Potter's impressive side have beaten Tottenham at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League already this season, while they also picked up an impressive victory at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.

Premier League points will, of course, come first because of the price of relegation, but if they can see off Sheffield Wednesday in the third round at the Amex Stadium and have a but of luck in any future draw, the Seagulls could be excellent each-way value for a run to Wembley.

Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday – Match Odds

Brighton: 20/27

Draw: 13/5

Sheffield Wednesday: 33/10

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