Chelsea and Arsenal are the new joint favourites to win the Capital One Cup ahead of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool following Manchester City’s shock exit at the hands of Aston Villa.
The London rivals, who both smashed six goals in their respective home wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City in the third round, can each be backed at 5/1 to lift the trophy.
Their position at the top of the outright winner market owes much to Roberto Mancini’s men fluffing their lines against Villa, with the Midlands outfit now 14/1 to go all the way following their impressive 4-2 triumph at the Etihad Stadium.
Hot on the heels of the joint favourites are United, who managed to sneak past Newcastle last night at Old Trafford and are rated as a 6/1 chance to win the competition.
But with the fourth-round draw handing the Red Devils a trip to Chelsea, perhaps the early initiative is with 2011 runners-up Arsenal.
The Gunners are desperate to end their seven-year trophy drought and assuming they survive a clash with Reading at the Madejski Stadium, they look well placed to make it to Wembley.
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Beyond the top three, holders Liverpool are available at 13/2 to retain the trophy they won in such dramatic fashion against Cardiff City in May after edging past West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Tottenham, who were 3-0 winners over Carlisle United, are also at 13/2, with Sunderland next at 10/1 as boss Martin O’Neill, a two-time winner of this competition with Leicester City, looks to bring some long overdue silverware to Wearside.
Wigan Athletic have impressed by firing eight goals in two away wins over Nottingham Forest and West Ham and the Latics are a 20/1 chance to win the Capital One Cup, with Swansea City and Southampton at 25/1 and Norwich City out at 33/1.
Capital One Cup fourth round draw:
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Swindon v Aston Villa
Wigan v Bradford
Leeds v Southampton
Norwich v Tottenham
Liverpool v Swansea
Chelsea v Manchester United
Reading v Arsenal
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