Chelsea new FA Cup favourites

  • Last Updated: January 11 2013, 10:40 GMT

Chelsea are the new favourites for the FA Cup following the weekend's third-round ties and the draw for the fourth round.

Demba Ba helped Chelsea to an easy win
Demba Ba helped Chelsea to an easy win

Rafa Benitez's side beat Southampton 5-1 on Saturday and they will face Southend or Brentford away in the next round.

BetVictor and Sky Bet are among a host of firms to price them up as 4/1 favourites but YouWin will give you 5/1.

Manchester City are 5/1 with both Stan James and BetVictor to lift the cup after they drew Crystal Palace or Stoke away in the next round.

Manchester United are 11/2 with BetVictor and Coral to win a first FA Cup since 2004 and if they can negotiate their way past West Ham at Old Trafford they will face either Fulham or Blackpool at home in the fourth round.

Tottenham are a top-price 9/1 and they face a tricky away day at Leeds or Birmingham in round four while Everton are now 11/1 having beaten Cheltenham 5-1 to set up a trip to either Bolton or Sunderland.

Arsene Wenger's FA Cup dreams remain intact after a 2-2 draw at Swansea, although the threat of another trophy-less season still looms large - they are general 11/1 shots.

William Hill are offering 11/2 that Arsenal win any trophy this season although they are 5/4 for their next cup triumph to come after 2016.

Arsene Wenger is 7/2 to leave the Emirates this year and 11/10 to leave in 2014.

"In some respects Arsenal were fortunate but in other respects they could count themselves unlucky to concede an equaliser so late," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "The curse of the trophies continues to plague the Gunners."

Coral are offering 1/3 for no non-league sides to make the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup after Luton and Macclesfield were both handed tough fourth-round draws.

Luton were rewarded for their victory over Championship side Wolves, with a fourth-round tie away to Norwich City, while Macclesfield will host the winner of the Bournemouth v Wigan replay.

It's 2/1 that either Luton or Macclesfield qualify through to the fifth round and 25/1 that both teams progress.

"It's hard to see either Luton or Macclesfield progressing through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, but this competition always produces one or two surprises so anything is possible," said Coral's Tim Reynolds.

"Luton face a very tough assignment away to Norwich, whereas Macclesfield will at least have home advantage when they play either Bournemouth or Wigan."