Manchester United and Manchester City are the joint-favourites for the FA Cup ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton after a remarkable weekend of fourth-round action that saw Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur beaten by Oldham Athletic and Leeds United respectively, while Luton Town knocked out Norwich City, becoming the first non-league side to beat top-flight opposition in the competition since 1989.
The Manchester clubs are joint 5/2 favourites after both knocked out Premier League opposition – United beat Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford, while City got the better of Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium – and both have been cut from 4/1 before the weekend after being handed home draws against Reading (100/1) and Leeds United (100/1) respectively.
Chelsea are third favourites at 9/2 despite not yet being in the fifth round. The Blues needed a late Fernando Torres goal to salvage a 2-2 draw against League One side Brentford at Griffin Park, although Rafa Benitez’s side are strong favourites to win the replay at Stamford Bridge and will face a trip to Middlesbrough (100/1) if they emerge victorious.
Arsenal are definitely in the fifth round after an entertaining 3-2 win against Brighton at the Amex Stadium and the Gunners are 11/2 to end their eight-year trophy drought by lifting the cup in May. Arsene Wenger’s side must negotiate a home tie against Blackburn Rovers (200/1) in round five.
Everton are 6/1 to win their first FA Cup since 1995 after a late 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium put the Toffees into the next round, where they face a trip to Liverpool’s conquerors Oldham (500/1).
A trio of lower league teams also shocked Premier League opposition: MK Dons beat QPR 4-2 at Loftus Road to reach the fifth round for the first time in their history and are now 200/1 to lift the cup, while Millwall (80/1) deepened the crisis at Aston Villa by beating the Villans 2-1 at the New Den.
But special mention must go to Luton Town, who are 750/1 outsiders after beating Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road, becoming the first non-league side to knock a top-flight side out of the FA Cup since Sutton famously beat Coventry City in 1989.
Bradford City were 750/1 for the Capital One Cup at the start of the season….