The 3rd round of the FA Cup is done and dusted with the main losers being Leeds United, who were jettisoned 3-0 by Crawley and Mark Wright – Arg and Gemma were so proud.
Monday saw the draw for the 4th and 5th rounds with some juicy looking ties on the horizon, particularly Manchester United taking on Liverpool.
In this week’s ‘What Are The Odds?’, we’re checking out the bookies favourites to win the oldest football competition going.
City easily saw off Birmingham in the 3rd round and now have an easy looking path to the quarter-finals as they face Cheltenham and then the winner of Swansea v Nottingham Forest.
Pep and his squad seem to like the domestic cups, winning the FA Cup in 2019 and going for their fourth League Cup in a row.
With the squad to handle multiple targets, it’s easy to see why they’re the current favourites at the bookies.
The Blues strolled past Morecambe in the 3rd round and have been handed a nice draw for the 4th and 5th rounds – facing Luton at home and then likely travelling to take on Barnsley or Norwich.
With a title campaign slipping from their grasp, Frank Lampard will be going all out to get some silverware in the cabinet and with an easy looking route ahead, they’re bound to be a popular bet.
With Spurs in the title hunt, will Jose and the boys be fully focussed on the FA Cup?
Mourinho has only won the FA Cup once, with Chelsea in 2007, hinting that the tournament might not be high on his priority list.
Spurs fans, however, are desperate for a trophy and if they can overcome Wycombe in the 4th round they’ll go on to face Everton or Sheffield Wednesday.
The tie of the 4th round sees Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford to take on old rivals Manchester United.
Retaining their title and going deep in the Champions League will no doubt be Liverpool’s main aims and they might have to sacrifice the FA Cup to do it.
However, a win over United would see those odds of 9/1 be slashed so do they offer some current value?
Double-digit odds look tempting for United but they’ll need to overcome Liverpool in the 4th round if they’re to take a step closer to Wembley.
They do have the added incentive that if they lift this season’s FA Cup, then they’ll move to within just one of Arsenal at the top of the all-time winners board.
It’s a big ask though, especially with United more likely to focus on a title push, but victory over Liverpool would see United’s price crash.
Leicester – 14/1 at bet365
The Foxes have never won the FA Cup but it could offer their best chance for glory this season.
They travel to Brentford in the 4th round and if they can navigate that tricky looking tie, they’ll face Brighton or Blackpool at home – either of which should be winnable.
If they can get to the quarter-finals and get some luck in the draw, they could offer some nice value to make history.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.