Tottenham Hotspur have been instilled as favourites to lift the FA Cup in 2012 following the fifth round draw yesterday.
A goal from Rafael Van Der Vaart three minutes before the break was enough to edge past Championship side Watford at Vicarage Road on Friday night. Harry Redknapp’s side were rewarded with another potential banana skin at Stevenage who won the League One fourth round battle against Notts County.
But, the bookmakers expect Spurs to progress against lower league opposition and they can be backed at a current best price of 4.5 (Paddy Power).
Following their 2-1 defeat of Manchester United on Saturday, Liverpool are joint favourites at best odds of 4.5 (Betfred). A ding-dong affair at Anfield was set for a replay after goals from Daniel Agger and Park Ji Sung saw the match all square at 1-1.
But, Dirk Kuyt’s winner two minutes from time set up a fifth round home tie against Championship giant-killers Brighton & Hove Albion. A Mike Williamson own goal saw the Seagull shock Newcastle United with a 1-0 victory at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday evening.
The third side currently available at 4.5 (Sky Bet) is Chelsea. A Juan Mata penalty after 62 minutes was enough for the Blues to creep past London rivals Queens Park Rangers and face Championship form team Birmingham City, who thumped Sheffield United 4-0, at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal survived going into half-time 2-0 down against Aston Villa after Richard Dunne and Darren Bent looked to cause an upset. However, Villa imploded during a seven minute spell where the Gunners scored three goals. Two penalties from Robin Van Persie either side of a deflection in off Theo Walcott earned Arsene Wenger’s side a trip to either Sunderland or Middlesbrough, who drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
If you think Arsene Wenger can end Arsenal’s seven year wait for a trophy, you can back them at 6.5 (Sportingbet).
With new arrivals during the transfer window, there may be some interest in 1995 winners Everton. The Toffees saw off Fulham on Friday night and have a favourable home tie in the fifth round against either Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday. David Moyes’ team are available at 17.0 (Ladbrokes).
Stoke City are another unfashionable side progressing nicely in the competition and can also be backed at 17.0 (Coral). After winning at Derby by a two-goal margin in the fourth round, last year’s finalists face a potentially difficult trip to Crawley Town. The League Two big spenders have already dispatched Championship duo Hull City and Bristol City from the competition this season.
Norwich City have home advantage in the fifth round and face Championship opposition in Leicester City, who eased past third round giant killers Swindon Town. After winning at West Bromwich Albion for the second time in three weekend (as predicted here), Paul Lambert’s Canaries are available at best price of 34.0 (bet365).
Bolton Wanderers, who saw off the challenge of Swansea City on the weekend, will progress to the quarter finals if they win at either Millwall or Southampton. A tricky tie, but one against opposition from a division below nonetheless. Owen Coyle’s improving side can be backed at 41.0 (Sportingbet).
Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:
- Tottenham Hotspur @ 4.5 (Paddy Power)
- Liverpool @ 4.5 (Betfred)
- Chelsea @ 4.5 (Sky Bet)
- Arsenal @ 6.5 (Sportingbet)
- Everton @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
- Stoke City @ 17.0 (Coral)
- Sunderland @ 26.0 (Boylesports)
- Norwich City @ 34.0 (bet365)
- Bolton Wanderers @ 41.0 (Sportingbet)
- Southampton @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
- Leicester City @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
- Brighton & Hove Albion @ 151.0 (Coral)
- Birmingham City @ 126.0 (Sky Bet)
- Middlesbrough @ 151.0 (Bet Victor)
- Blackpool @ 201.0 (Bet Victor)
- Millwall @ 251.0 (bet365)
- Sheffield Wednesday @ 251.0 (Betfred)
- Crawley Town @ 301.0 (Ladbrokes)
- Stevenage @ 751.0 (Bet Victor)