Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are the clear favourites to lift this year’s FA Cup after a convincing 7-0 victory over Championship side Rotherham in the Third Round.  

Pep Guardiola’s side are one of fifteen Premier League sides who will feature in Monday’s Fourth Round draw, although Newcastle and Southampton face replays against Blackburn and Derby respectively, while Liverpool take on Wolves on Monday night.  

City are generally rated as 7/2 favourites with bookmakers to lift the famous trophy for the sixth time, having last won it in 2011. Their nearest rivals, according to the betting, are Chelsea, who had a comfortable 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Third Round in what was Cesc Fabregas’ last game for the club before an expected move to Ligue 1 side Monaco. Liverpool, who face a tough test against Wolves, are rated as third favourites, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal all available at single-figure prices.  

Middlesbrough are the most prominent team outside the top flight in the betting. They are rated as 100/1 chances following their 5-0 thrashing of Peterborough. Portsmouth, who pulled off an impressive 1-0 victory over Championship side Norwich, are the top-rated League One side, at 500/1 while giant killers Newport County, who beat former Premier League champions Leicester 2-1, are available at 1000/1, the same price as Fulham’s conquerors Oldham, and Gillingham, who beat Premier League side Cardiff 1-0.  

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Published by Sam Hayes

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