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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City: Who will win the 2014 FA Cup?


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The Fourth Round of the FA Cup passed without any major shocks, but there will be two huge casualties this weekend when Arsenal take on Liverpool and Chelsea and Manchester City clash.

But who will be crowned FA Cup winners in May?

Manchester City are the bookies' favourites right now. Pellegrini's men, who won the competition in 2011 and were beaten finalists last year, are 10/3 at Sporting Bet. But first they must rediscover their shooting boots to get past Chelsea, who of course stunned them earlier this month in the league.

Wigan fa cupArsenal are second favourites at 5/1 with Bet Victor. The Gunners have gone off the boil in recent weeks - having been spanked by Liverpool 5-1 last weekend - and passed up a glorious opportunity to reclaim top spot from Chelsea by playing out a bore draw at home with Manchester United. On Sunday they have the perfect chance to gain revenge on Brendan Rodgers' Reds, as they welcome Suarez and co to the Emirates, but could Arsenal's quest for a trophy come up against another brick wall?

Chelsea are 11/2 with most bookmakers and they looked to be hitting form at the right time before Victor Anichebe denied them all three points at the Hawthorns. Mourinho's men are still top of the Premier League but the Special One is refusing to accept that they are favourites for the league. However, the FA Cup has been a regular visitor to Stamford Bridge. They have won it six times in the past 17 years and Jose knows how important this competition is to the fans.

Surprisingly Everton are above their city neighbours Liverpool in the betting. Roberto Martinez, who is on course to create history by becoming the first manager to win the competition in consecutive seasons with different clubs, faces a home tie against one of his former sides Swansea City but I'm sure the Swans would give up their FA Cup dream to avoid relegation. The Toffees, who last won the competition in 1995, will strongly fancy their chances of rocking up at Wembley and may be worth a punt at 6/1 at Coral.

Liverpool are 15/2 at Stan James and have scored only two fewer goals in the league than the all-conquering Manchester City. They have also crept back into the title fold and could easily end the season with some silverware to display. If they can get past Arsenal then they would be among the favourites to win the oldest cup competition in the world.

Southampton, who have surprised many this season with their attacking and no-nonsense defensive displays, travel to Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland this weekend and the Saints will be looking to see off the Black Cats. The bookies have Pochettino's men at 14/1 for glory (Ladbrokes) while Gus Poyet's side, despite having home advantage, are 28/1 at Boylesports. 

After that the market is wide open and some teams will already be dreaming of favourable draw in the next round to start thinking of Wembley.

Relegation-threatened Cardiff City host FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday take on Charlton at Hillsbrough, Sheffield United play Nottingham Forest and Brighton entertain Premier League side Hull City. All eight sides will believe they have a great chance of reaching the final.

Here are how the odds currently look.

Man City 10/3 Coral

Arsenal 5/1 Bet Victor

Chelsea 11/2 Coral

Everton 6/1 Ladbrokes

Liverpool 15/2 Stan James

Southampton 14/1 Boylesports

Sunderland 28/1 Boylesports

Cardiff 33/1 Stan James

Hull 33/1 Stan James

Swansea 40/1 Bet Victor

Nottingham Forest 80/1 Boylesports

Brighton 80/1 Stan James

Wigan 125/1 Betway

Sheffield Wednesday 150/1 Paddy Power 

Charlton 200/1 Stan James

Sheffield United 250/1 Ladbrokes

But who is your money on? 

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