Sunderland Slashed In FA Cup Betting

Sunderland have seen their odds on winning the FA Cup 2012 slashed following their weekend victory against Arsenal, but Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool remain the bookmakers favourites.

At the Stadium of Light, a Kieron Richardson goal five minutes before the break and an own-goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 78 minutes saw Arsenal tumble to a second Cup defeat in the space of a few days.

In Sunday’s evening kick-off, Liverpool swept aside the challenge of Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion with an emphatic 6-1 victory at Anfield.

Martin Skrtel opened the scoring after just five minutes but Brighton were back on level terms after 17 minutes when Kazenga LuaLua equalised. An own goal from Liam Bridcutt a minute before half-time gave Liverpool the advantage and Andy Carroll put the Reds 3-1 ahead after 57 minutes.

A second own-goal from Bridcutt and a third by Brighton, this time from Lewis Dunk put the match beyond doubt but Luis Suarez added gloss to the scoreline with a sixth five minutes from the end.

Earlier that afternoon, resilient Stevenage held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw but the Premier League side will be hot favourites to progress to the quarter finals with the replay at White Hart Lane.

Louis Saha saw a goal ruled out for offside in the second half after his effort struck Scott Parker on the goal line.

Spurs were not the only Premier League side held to a draw – Birmingham City drew 1-1 at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

David Murphy struck from close range after 20 minutes to give the Championship club a shock lead but Daniel Sturridge eased some of the pressure from under-fire manager Andres Villas-Boas with an equaliser just after the hour mark.

One top-flight club that did not survive the fifth round was Norwich City, who were beaten 2-1 at Carrow Road by improving Leicester City.

Sean St. Ledger gave the Championship side the lead after five minutes but Wes Hoolahan equalised for the Canaries on 23. Former England-cap David Nugent struck the winner after 71 minutes, meaning the Foxes are the only non-Premier League club guaranteed a place in the quarter finals.

Elsewhere, Stoke City ended Crawley Town’s FA Cup run. Despite home advantage, Crawley succumbed to a Jon Walters penalty late in the first half and a goal from Peter Crouch seven minutes after the break.

The Potters overcame a controversial sending off for Rory Delap and the defeat meant Crawley went out of the competition at the fifth round stage in successive seasons.

Everton eased past Blackpool with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park. The tie was wrapped-up early on after two goals in the first six minutes. Rosyton Drenthe broke the deadlock after just 49 seconds before Denis Stracqualursi added a second barely five minutes later.

Bolton Wanderers also eased past Championship opposition with a 2-0 win at Millwall. On-loan Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyachi scored after four minutes and former Liverpool striker David Ngog added a second just before the hour.

Quarter Final Draw

Liverpool have home advantage when they take on Stoke City for the fourth time this season. Tony Pulis’ team earned a draw at Anfield when they met in a Premier League fixture in January.

If Chelsea see off Birmingham City at St. Andrews, they will face another Championship club in Leicester City. However, if Chris Hughton’s side win, it will mean a Championship team is guaranteed a place in the semi finals.

Tottenham Hotspur should win their replay against Stevenage in front of their own fans but whoever wins the tie has home advantage against Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

The last quarter-final is guaranteed to be an all-Premier League affair when Everton host in-form Sunderland.

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.5 (Betfred)
  • Liverpool @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Chelsea @ 5.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Everton @ 8.0 (bet365)
  • Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 21.0 (Coral)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 3.5 (Sportingbet)
  • Birmingham City @ 51.0 (Boylesports)
  • Leicester City @ 3.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Stevenage @ 751.0 (Bet Victor)