Bet365 make Manchester City 10/3 FA Cup favourites following Third Round Draw

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Man City players/Wembley Stadium©imago images / PRiME Media Images 04.08.2019

There is always so much intrigue when it comes to the third round of the FA Cup. The date of the draw is always one to put down in your calendar. This season’s Third Round draw happened on December 2nd and there was one big stand-out tie that everyone was talking about.

It will be a Merseyside derby at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton that is the highlight fixture of the round.

The dates for the FA Cup third-round matches are January 3rd – 6th, 2020. Liverpool, who seem certain to be heading towards Premier League glory this season, have been made second-favourites for the FA Cup at 6/1 by Bet365* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 2nd, 2019 at 7:45 pm)

Citizens the front-runners

It is current holders Manchester City are the front-runners according to the bookmaker. City are 10/3 to get the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 2nd, 2019 at 7:45 pm). Considering they are not likely to pull off a Premier League title defence in this campaign, they may well go forward with extra focus on getting this silverware in the cabinet at least. City will host League Two side Port Vale in the third round.

Manchester United face Wolves in another of the big matches to come out of the hat for the third round draw. Leicester, who have put together an impressive season under Brendan Rodgers, and who will no doubt have plenty of FA Cup punter-appeal are at 16/1 to be crowned champions* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 2nd, 2019 at 7:45 pm). They start with a home game against Championship side Wigan.

More of the top-ties

National League side AFC Fylde have one of those dream ties that non-league clubs hope for. They will be taking on Premier League side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Fellow non-leaguers Boston could also be lining up against top-flight opponents because they will take on Newcastle if they can win their second-round replay against Rochdale.

Chelsea and Tottenham will both be going head to head with Championship opposition. The Blues will kick off at home against Nottingham Forest, while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham make the trip to the northeast to take on Middlesbrough. In another cracking Premier League v Championship tie, Arsenal could have their hands full at the Emirates against promotion-hopefuls Leeds.

FA Cup Outright Winner Odds:

Manchester City 10/3
Liverpool 6/1
Tottenham 7/1
Chelsea 8/1
Manchester United 12/1
Arsenal 12/1
Leicester 16/1
Everton 22/1
Wolves 25/1
West Ham 40/1
Crystal Palace 50/1
66/1 bar

Premier League Betting at Bet365

FA Cup Third Round Draw in full

Leicester City v Wigan Athletic

QPR v Swansea City

Fulham v Aston Villa

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

Wolves v Manchester United

Charlton Athletic v West Brom

Rochdale or Boston United v Newcastle United

Cardiff City v Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United

Oxford United v Exeter City or Hartlepool United

Sheffield United v AFC Fylde

Southampton v Huddersfield Town

Liverpool v Everton

Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town

Bournemouth v Luton Town

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle v Coventry City or Ipswich Town

Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley

Manchester City v Port Vale

Middlesbrough v Tottenham

Reading v Blackpool

Watford v Tranmere Rovers

Preston v Norwich City

Millwall v Newport County

Crystal Palace v Derby County

Rotherham United v Hull City

Brentford v Stoke City

Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

Arsenal v Leeds United

Gillingham v West Ham United

Burton Albion v Northampton Town

Burnley v Peterborough United

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

The new Wembley trends

Since the FA Cup Final moved to the new Wembley Stadium in 2007, there has been a clear trend of teams who either just have a knack for the Cup or who target it full on. Chelsea won that first final at the new Wembley Stadium against Manchester United and that is one five wins that they have taken since it moved there.

Arsenal have won it three times, Manchester City twice and Manchester United once. Portsmouth and Wigan are the only other two sides besides those four Premier League teams to have won the FA Cup Final in the last 13 editions.

So the other way to look at it, is that in the last 13 editions, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City have collected 10 titles between them. It cuts the field down a bit. So despite the size of the tournament and the thrills and spills, it coughs up, some familiar faces keep throwing the famous old trophy up in the air.


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