The third round of the FA Cup is just around the corner following one of the most fascinating draws in recent memory, as Premier League and Championship sides prepare to join the action.
Merseyside-based Marine – who became just the second eighth-tier side in history to reach the third round – have been handed a dream draw against Premier League leaders Tottenham at home, whilst National League side Stockport will meet West Ham at Edgeley Park.
Holders Arsenal face Newcastle and Aston Villa meet Liverpool in the all-Premier League ties, with all third round fixtures scheduled to be played on the weekend of January 8-11 2021.
Following a hugely exciting draw we’ve decided to look on the Betway app to see how leading Bookies view the competition
Here are the five favourites to win the FA Cup:
Manchester United – 9/1
Manchester United are 12-time winners of the FA Cup with only Arsenal having lifted the trophy on more occasions, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are ranked as 9/1 odds to emerge victorious this season.
United have failed to win a major trophy since a Europa League and League Cup double in 2016/17 but reached three semi-finals last season, losing to Chelsea in the last four of the FA Cup with David de Gea enduring a nightmare at Wembley.
Solskjaer will be keen to end the club’s wait and win a trophy he twice lifted as a player, the Norwegian in contention to become the 19th man to win the FA Cup as a player and manager.
United remain in a transitional phase but a top four finish and major trophy would represent a successful season as they bid to re-establish themselves as challengers, with the Red Devils hosting Championship side Watford in the third round next month.
Liverpool – 8/1
Jurgen Klopp has enjoyed huge success since moving to Merseyside five years ago, though the Liverpool manager has often neglected the domestic cups which are perhaps reflective in the Reds’ 8/1 odds.
Favourites to win the Premier League once again this season, Liverpool are only fourth favourites to win the FA Cup given their recent record in the competition.
Steven Gerrard’s virtuoso final display in 2006 was the last time Liverpool lifted the trophy and they have reached just one further final in the 14 years since, whilst the Reds have not gone beyond the fifth round in any of their five seasons under Klopp as the German has largely rotated his options.
The Premier League champions have more depth in their squad than at any point in Klopp’s reign and that could prove crucial to their hopes of reaching the latter stages, though much may depend on how their current injury crisis resolves ahead of next month’s trip to Aston Villa.
Villa memorably thrashed the Reds 7-2 earlier this season and represent a difficult challenge to their hopes of progress, and it remains to be seen how much emphasis Klopp places on cup competition this season.
Chelsea – 7/1
Chelsea finished as runners-up last season as Frank Lampard guided the club to a top four finish and cup final during his debut campaign in charge, though the pressure has been significantly increased at Stamford Bridge following their summer spending.
Roman Abramovich invested more than £220m in new players during the summer and will expect to see a return on his significant investment, Chelsea expected to be competitive in each competition this season.
There have been encouraging signs in recent weeks as their summer signings begin to gel and the FA Cup offers Lampard an opportunity to win his first silverware since returning to the west London side as manager.
Chelsea host Morecambe in the third round and should have little difficulty in progressing past the League Two side, with the Blues’ squad possessing the depth and talent to reach the Wembley final for a second successive season.
Tottenham – 7/1
Jose Mourinho arrived at Tottenham last year with the brief to end the club’s long wait for silverware, the north London side having lifted just a solitary League Cup since the turn of the millennium.
That success came over a decade ago and for all the good work of Mauricio Pochettino he failed to win a major trophy at Spurs, their appointment of serial winner Mourinho hoped to take the club to the next level.
Mourinho has enjoyed a strong start to his first full season with the club currently sitting top of the Premier League, though the Portuguese has largely downplayed talk of a title challenge.
Mourinho, however, will no doubt view the FA Cup as a realistic opportunity to win silverware and could become the first manager in history to win a major trophy with three different English clubs this season.
Spurs have won the FA Cup on eight occasions, though their most recent triumph came in 1991 and their fans will be hoping Mourinho is the man to end their Wembley wait.
Manchester City – 11/4
Manchester City have been the most successful club in English football over the past decade, with their emphasis on winning each and every competition commendable given the congested nature of the fixture calendar.
Pep Guardiola’s squad has the depth and talent to compete on all fronts and whilst City have not quite been at their sparkling best of late, but considering how dominant they’ve been the domestic cup competitions it’s no surprise they are favourites on the Betway app to win a seventh FA Cup this season.
Guardiola’s four seasons in charge have seen City lift the trophy in 2018 and reach a further two semi-finals, whilst they have won the past three League Cups in succession as the Spaniard seeks success in every competitions they enter.
City will welcome Championship side Birmingham to the Etihad in the third round next month, their sights set firmly on further FA Cup success as Guardiola bids to win world football’s oldest national competition for a second time.