Manchester City's FA Cup exit at the hands of Wigan Athletic last week presented the remaining teams with a chance of domestic silverware. City were the standalone favourite before the latest giant killing in the competition, with Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea now instilled as the most likely of the remaining eight sides to lift the trophy.
Home comforts a boost for Tottenham's chances
Tottenham have Wembley fall back on and despite the best efforts of VAR on Wednesday night, they secured a quarter-final match up with Swansea having overcome Rochdale at the second attempt. The Swans themselves landed a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesdayfollowing a 0-0 draw with the Owls and Spurs will hope to use their experience at Wembley throughout the season as the catalyst for domestic success.
Swansea won't be an easy side to navigate, though. Victory in midweek means the Swans, at the time of writing, have won their last six at the Liberty Stadium. Carlos Carvalhal has overseen just two defeats since taking charge, admittedly one of those was against Spurs in a rain-soaked 2-0 loss, but there is a good reason why the north London side are joint-favourites3.00, with Manchester United, to lift the trophy, with the upturn in home form a key factor here.
Mourinho's knack for a knockout competition
However, it's impossible to rule out Manchester United in the quest for the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho is a mastermind at navigating knockout competitions and while it's a winners' medal he's earned just the once in his successful career, they have a favourable draw in the quarter-finals. Brighton's form may have picked up of late, yet away from home in all competitions this term, they've won just three games, those coming at West Ham, Swansea and Championship outfit Middlesbrough.
Indeed, it's no shock the Seagulls are the underdogs13.00 ahead of their Old Traffordmatch up to secure an FA Cupset. However, having lost their four away meetings at four of the Premier League's top six this season, the Seagulls aren't backed to soar at a Mourinho led United side that has lost just twice at Old Trafford since the Portuguese boss took over the reins back in 2016, and both of those defeats came at the expense of Manchester City.
Can League One Wigan spring an FA Cupset?
Wigan will hope to enjoy a second successive giant killing, albeit on a smaller scale, when they welcome Southampton to the DW Stadium. The League One title challengers have been impressive at home this season - only Blackburn (38) have earned more home points than the Latics (35) in England's third tier this term - and they aren't to be ruled out completely ahead of their quarter-final meeting with Saints.
They come into the tie as underdogs 3.20 and rank outsiders to win the FA Cup51.00yet there is better value on Wigan springing an upset against Saints than Brighton to knock Manchester United out of the competition. Saints, though, haven't exactly been dire on the road of late. After a eight-match winless run away from home, the south coast side have now won three of their last five away matches, though two of those three wins came at Premier League table footers West Brom. You can only beat what is put in front of you, however, and winning breeds confidence and after a sticky run, Saints seem to be turning their fortunes around under Mauricio Pellegrino and boast the top-flight nous to secure a semi-final spot, though Wigan is very a much a banana skin fixture for the Premier League side.
Chelsea's away day woes a hindrance
Wigan's welcome of Southampton is the only non-all Premier League tie in the quarter-finals, with Chelsea's trip to Leicester making up the last of the four games. It'll be the third time these two meet this season, but comes at a tough time for the Blues, who face Manchester City, Barcelona and Tottenham over the coming weeks. Chelsea's away form has also dipped in recent months, losing their last three, and they have to travel to Manchester and Barcelona before their meeting with the Foxes.
Leicester aren't in flying form either, with three of their last four wins coming in the competition against lower league opposition. That being said, the Foxes haven't lost at the King Power Stadium since mid-December, but in turn have lost six of their last seven home meetings with Chelsea. There is value in Leicester to lift the FA Cup10.00 but they'll need to largely rely on the seven-time FA Cup winners having an off day to progress, which has been far more frequent than some would've liked over recent weeks.