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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Whose name is on the FA Cup? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United?


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The FA Cup Third Round gets under way this weekend and everyone is dreaming of Wembley. Even the big boys, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs will all be looking forward to a sunny day under the arch in May.

But who will win the FA Cup this season?

Chelsea are the current holders after beating Liverpool last season in an action-packed final and start the defence of their trophy away at Southampton. It could be a tricky one as the Saints held Arsenal to a draw on Tuesday and the Blues went down at home to QPR, but Rafa Benitez, who won the cup with Liverpool in 2006, should see them progress.

If you think Chelsea can go on to retain the trophy, then head down to Coral where they are offering odds of 15/2.

Chelsea are third favourites behind both Manchester clubs and it's surprisingly City who currently head the betting. They are 5/1 at Coral and Sky Bet. Roberto Mancini, who won the cup in 2011, would love to pick up some silverware this season and should ease past Watford at the Etihad. With no European football to distract them either, City can concentrate on staying fresh and winning games.

Premier League leaders Manchester United are 7/1 at Bet Victor and that must have something to do with their tricky away tie against West Ham United. The last time the Red Devils went to Upton Park in a cup competition they were spanked 4-0, but they didn't have former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in their ranks that day. Big Sam Allardyce would love to take the Hammers back to Wembley and they have nothing to lose. This could be a cup upset.

If you think West Ham can go one better than their heartbreaking appearance in the final in 2006, Ladbrokes and Bet Fred are both offering odds of 66/1.

Arsenal are the second most dominate team in FA Cup history. They have won it 10 times and been beaten finalists in another seven, but they haven't won any silverware since lifting the famous trophy in 2005. The pressure is starting to build on the inconsistent Gunners and Arsene Wenger needs a winner's medal to appease the fans. On Sunday they go to the Liberty Stadium for a hair-raising tie against Swansea. The Swans recently beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates. Can the Gunners get revenge and knock the League Cup semi-finalists out of the competition?

The Gunners are 11/1 at Ladbrokes and are joined on those odds by north London rivals Spurs and Liverpool. Tottenham, who haven't won the cup for 22 years, are at home to Coventry today - the team that beat them in the classic 1987 final - but they should be too strong for the League One outfit, while seven-time winners Liverpool travel to Mansfield on Sunday. Again, Brendan Rodgers' men should be in the hat for the next round.

High-flying Everton are also in the mix for the trophy. They are best priced 12/1 at Bet 365 and even though they are away at Cheltenham they should have too much power for the Robins.

Here is a rundown of the latest and best betting odds ahead of kick-off.

Man City 5/1 Coral

Man United 7/1 Bet Victor

Chelsea 15/2 Coral

Arsenal 11/1 Coral

Liverpool 11/1 Coral

Spurs 11/1 Bet Victor

Everton 12/1 Bet 365

Newcastle 33/1 Paddy Power

Fulham 40/1 Bet Victor

Stoke City 50/1 Bet Victor

West Brom 50/1 Bet Victor

Sunderland 50/1 Ladbrokes

Swansea City 66/1 Bet Victor

Aston Villa 66/1 Ladbrokes

West Ham 66/1 BetFred

QPR 80/1 Ladbrokes

Norwich City 80/1 Coral

Wigan 100/1 Bet 365

Southampton 100/1 Bet Victor

Leicester City 125/1 Bet Victor

Reading 150/1 Bet Victor

After that you are looking at 150/1 for everyone else.

Unsurprisingly, Hastings, Luton, Macclesfield and Mansfield are all 10,000/1 shots at Bet Victor.

So, come on then, who is your money on?

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