FA Cup Draw Favours Manchester United
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup has handed favourites Manchester United a trip to play Southampton at St Marys whilst many of their Premier League rivals face tricky games against other Premier League opposition .
The FA Cup Fourth Round will be played on the 29th and 30th of January and there will be four all Premier League encounters including holders Chelsea travelling to Everton .
Highflying Spurs also face a difficult London derby away to Fulham whilst Arsenal and Manchester City must both overcome replays before possible games with Huddersfield and Notts County .
Manchester United are now clear favourites with the bookies to win the 2011 FA Cup and are generally 4/1 . Manchester City , Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs who currently make up the top five in the Premier League are all available at odds varying between 6/1 and 9/1 with Victor Chandler rather out on a limb with their 9/1 quote on Spurs .
William Hill are convinced that the FA Cup final will be an all Premier League affair offering odds of only 4/7 about this eventuality whilst the odds of the semi-finals being all Premier League are 9/4 .
With Premier League teams already out and a minimum further four certain to go out in round four there seems a genuine possibility of an outsider progressing along way in the FA Cup again this season .
Relegated Portsmouth reached the Final last season and won the competition in 2008 .
Outside of the top five in the Premier League the current in form teams are Blackpool , Sunderland and Newcastle and all three were eliminated over the weekend . Bolton Wanderers have been a revelation this term and currently sit seventh in the Premier League and have been given a home draw in the fourth round against Wigan Athletic . Wigan are no pushovers but this is a real opportunity for Owen Coyle’s side to progress in the competition and at odds of 28/1 with Bet365 , Bolton represent decent value to go along way in the competition .