The Third Round of the FA Cup fully lived up to its reputation at the weekend, as there was glory for non-league sides Macclesfield Town and Luton Town, who both triumphed over Championship opposition, though only two Premier League sides were absent from the Fourth Round draw.
Newcastle United made the long trip down to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, and just as last season, crashed out to Gus Poyet’s men, while Southampton were trounced by five goals to one by a Demba Ba inspired Chelsea.
The holders are now favourites to lift the trophy at a best price of 5.5 (9/2) with , just ahead of the 6.0 (5/1) on offer for Premier League Champions and 2011 winners Manchester City who had no troubles getting past Watford, winning 3-0.
A superb injury time equaliser from Robin Van Persie kept eleven times winners Manchester United in the competition, and they are next in the market at 6.5 (11/2). They will face 151.0 (150/1) outsiders West Ham United in a replay at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
Tottenham Hotspur convincingly beat Coventry City in a rerun of the 1987 final, and are best priced at 10.0 (9/1) with Bet Victor to be victorious at Wembley on May 11th, just ahead of Liverpool, who got past Mansfield Town thanks to a controversial winner from Luis Suarez.
Last season’s beaten finalists are 12.0 (11/1) to lift the cup, with neighbours Everton a 12.0 (11/1) shot as well having beaten League Two Cheltenham Town on Monday evening.
Arsenal are also 12.0 (11/1), though they will have to replay their tie with Swansea City as Sunday’s clash finished all square. Meanwhile Michael Laudrop’s men, who are already looking forward to a League Cup Semi-Final clash with Chelsea this week, are widely available at 67.0 (66/1).
West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers will have to go again after drawing one a piece, and are 41.0 (40/1) and 126.0 (125/1) respectively, whilst Norwich City are 51.0 (50/1) having dispensed of Peterborough United.
Stoke City are also available at 51.0 (50/1) ahead of their replay with Crystal Palace, while Aston Villa and Sunderland are 67.0 (66/1) shots. The latter will first have to get past Bolton Wanderers in their replay next Tuesday.
Fulham also managed to just draw with Championship opposition, and are priced at 101.0 (100/1) along with Reading who came from behind to beat Crawley Town.
101.0 (100/1) outsiders Wigan Athletic have a tricky replay at AFC Bournemouth to overcome, while outside of the Premier League Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion have the lowest odds of the other competitors.