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 like last season, crashed out to Gus Poyet’s men, while Southampton were trounced 5-1 by a Demba Ba-inspired Chelsea.
The holders are now joint-favourites to lift the trophy at odds of 4/1, along with Premier League champions and 2011 winners Manchester City, who had no trouble getting past Watford, winning 3-0.
A superb injury-time equaliser from Robin van Persie kept 11-time winners Manchester United in the competition and they are next in the market at 9/2. They will face 80/1 outsiders West Ham United in a replay at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
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Tottenham Hotspur convincingly beat Coventry City in a re-run of the 1987 final and are 8/1 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 9/1 to lift the cup, with neighbours Everton a 10/1 shot having beaten League Two Cheltenham Town on Monday evening.
Arsenal are also 10/1, though they will have to replay their tie with Swansea City as Sunday’s enthralling clash at the Liberty Stadium finished 2-2.
Michael Laudrup’s men, who are already looking forward to a League Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea this week, are priced at 66/1 to win the famous old trophy.
West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers will have to go again after drawing 1-1 and are 33/1 and 80/1 respectively, while Norwich City are 40/1 having dispensed of Peterborough United.
Stoke City are also available at 40/1 ahead of their replay with Crystal Palace, while Aston Villa and Sunderland are 50/1 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 66/1, along with Reading, who came from behind to beat Crawley Town.
Wigan Athletic, 80/1 outsiders for glory, have a tricky replay at AFC Bournemouth to overcome, while outside of the Premier League you can get the same price for both Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.