Tottenham Hotspur edged into pole position as the bookmaker’s favourites to win this season’s FA Cup following their 3-1 fifth round replay victory against Stevenage.
The League One side looked to cause an upset when they took a shock lead after four minutes at White Hart Lane. Joel Byrom scored from the penalty spot but Jermaine Defoe equalised after 26 minutes.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor put the Premier League side in front 10 minutes after the break with a penalty and Defoe netted his second 15 minutes from the end to ease Harry Redknapp’s side into a quarter final tie against Bolton Wanderers.
The previous evening, Chelsea won their first match under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City.
The in-form Championship club kept the scoreline goalless until 54 minutes when Juan Mata scrambled the ball over the line and Raul Meireles sealed victory six minutes later with a spectacular finish.
Chelsea were the biggest movers in the betting, cut from 5.5 to a best-priced 4.0 with the bookmakers fancying them to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
The Blues have home advantage in the quarter finals against the remaining Championship side in the FA Cup, Leicester City.
Elsewhere, Everton host Sunderland while recent Carling Cup winners and second favourites to win the FA Cup, Liverpool, play Stoke City at Anfield.
Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:
- Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
- Liverpool @ 3.8 (Ladbrokes)
- Chelsea @ 4.0 (Betfred)
- Everton @ 8.5 (Ladbrokes)
- Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
- Stoke City @ 23.0 (bet365)
- Bolton Wanderers @ 34.0 (Boylesports)
- Leicester City @ 67.0 (Betfred)