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Following the draw for the FA Cup 4th and 5th Rounds on Monday night, the bookmakers have been very busy. Knowing the draw for the next two rounds rather than just the one has allowed bookmakers to make an even more informed prediction as to this year's winners of the oldest club competition in world football. We're going to take a look at the draws for the 4th and 5th Rounds of the FA Cup and provide you with the very latest odds available for the potential winners of the competition.
4th Round Draw
Cheltenham Town v Manchester City, Bournemouth v Crawley Town, Swansea City v Nottingham Forest, Manchester United v Liverpool, Southampton/Shrewsbury v Arsenal, Barnsley v Norwich, Chorley v Wolves, Millwall v Bristol City, Brighton v Blackpool, Wycombe v Tottenham, Fulham v Burnley, Sheffield United v Plymouth, Chelsea v Luton, West Ham v Doncaster, Brentford v Leicester and Everton v Sheffield Wednesday.
Clearly, the tie of the 4th Round is between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. The only other all Premier League affair will be between Southampton and Arsenal, providing the Saints get through their postponed 3rd Round tie at home to Shrewsbury, and Fulham vs Burnley.
5th Round Draw
Fulham/Burnley v Bournemouth/Crawley Town, Manchester United/Liverpool v West Ham or Doncaster, Sheffield United/Plymouth v Millwall/Bristol City, Chorley/Wolves v Southampton/Shrewsbury or Arsenal, Barnsley/Norwich v Chelsea/Luton Town, Everton/Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe/Tottenham, Swansea City/Nottingham Forest v Cheltenham Town/Manchester City, Brentford/Leicester v Brighton/Blackpool.
The winners of that taste tie between Man Utd and Liverpool will earn a home game against West Ham or Doncaster in the 5th Round. There are a few other possible all Premier League ties on offer, Wolves could play Southampton or Arsenal, Everton might get the home advantage against Spurs and Leicester could play host to Brighton in the 5th Round.
The bookmakers clearly believe that Man City will progress through the 4th and 5th round of the FA Cup as the odds on Guardiola's men lifting the trophy are currently @11/4 with bet365. City are away at League Two side Cheltenham and if they get through that tie as expected they would be away at Swansea or Notts Forest on the 5th round.
Frank Lampard's men are the next favourites at 6/1 with bet365 as they are at home to Championship side Luton in the 4th round and would be away to Barnsley or Norwich in the 5th round. Two lots of Championship opposition would Lampard and his players down to the ground, as the manager is more than familiar with that division.
Tottenham Hotspur are the next best-priced side at 7/1 with bet365. Mourinho's men put in a thoroughly professional performance against Marine in the last round and are still in with a chance of securing both cup competitions and maybe even the Premier League title. Spurs are away at Championship strugglers Wycombe Wanderers in the 4th round and could face a trip to Goodison Park in the following round.
You can get 8/1 on Liverpool winning the FA Cup this season with bet365, Klopp's men would need to negotiate their way past Man Utd at Old Trafford in the next round. The reward for Liverpool in the 5th round would be a home tie against either West Ham or Doncaster. The Reds are seven-times winners of the FA Cup but haven't lifted the trophy since 2006.
Ole's side is only priced @ 12/1 as things stand, surely that is simply down to their next opponents being the Premier League champions. A win at home in the 4th round and United would be at Old Trafford again to face either West Ham or Doncaster in the 5th round, and then their odds would drop significantly. United have already won this competition 12-times and have great pedigree in the FA Cup.
The Gunner's odds have dropped slightly and they are now priced at 12/1 with bet365 to reclaim the FA Cup this season. Arteta lifted the cup last season and doing so again could help eep the Spaniard in his current position. Arsenal will be up against Southampton or Shrewsbury in round 4 and if they get through that tie and away trip to Chorley or Wolves awaits.
Brendan Rodgers' Leicester are the next favourites to lift this illustrious trophy. The Foxes are expected to win away at Brentford in the next round and if they do they will be at home in the 5th round against Brighton or Blackpool. The Foxes have reached the FA Cup final on four occasions, but have lost every one of them. You can back Leicester to lift the FA Cup at 14/1 with bet365.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are currently priced at the same as Leicester, 14/1 with bet365. Everton will be expected to beat Sheff Wed at home but a home tie against Tottenham or Wycombe is what the Merseysiders will face in the 5th round. If Spurs get through then Everton will be in for a very tough tie, whose fans are desperate for the club to end its trophy drought.
Wolves received a very kind 4th round tie away at non-league Chorley but are still only priced at 18/1 to go all the way and claim their fifth FA Cup. Wolves will have the home advantage should they beat Chorley but they would likely be up against Southampton or Arsenal in the 5th round.
The Saints are currently being backed at 201 with bet365 to be the next FA Cup winners. Assuming they beat Shrewsbury in their delayed 3rd round tie, Southampton would be up against Arsenal in the 4th round and could find themselves away at Wolves in the 5th round. Not an easy run, but you have to beat the best to win this competition.