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Big guns to fall at fourth

Big guns to fall at fourth

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One of Arsenal or Manchester United will see their FA Cup dream ended in the fourth round after the Premier League giants were paired together in Monday’s draw, while 11/4 favourites Manchester City and Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing after being handed home ties.

Liverpool were the biggest causalities in the third round as Jurgen Klopp continues to struggle to get to grips with the ‘world’s oldest cup competition’, fielding a weakened team in the loss at Wolves.

The Reds can concentrate on the league now, as can Fulham, Huddersfield, Cardiff and Leicester, all victims of cup upsets last weekend.

There were no such issues for City as they thrashed Rotherham 7-0, setting up a tie with Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on the weekend of January 26-27.

Pep Guardiola’s men won the same fixture 5-0 earlier in the season and with the Clarets having relegation troubles on their mind, it looks unlikely the favourites will fail to make it through.

Chelsea 9/2 – FA Cup Winners

Holders Chelsea made light work of Nottingham Forest in round three. Maurizio Sarri is chasing his first piece of major silverware as a manager and the FA Cup may be the competition for him to break his duck.

The Blues have a real affinity with the cup, emerging victorious four times in the past decade, while they were runners-up in 2017. They will entertain the winner of Luton against Sheffield Wednesday in round four.

Chelsea beat Manchester United in last year’s final although the Red Devils may find it tough to reach Wembley this year after being handed a trip to Arsenal in the tie of the round.

The Gunners are the most successful FA Cup club of all time, having landed the trophy 13 times, one more than United, who are 8/1 to draw level this year, while Unai Emery’s men are 11/1 to claim number 14.

These two have met 14 times in the history of the competition and the series is level at 7-7, with Arsenal coming out on top in 2015 on the last occasion they met.

Arsenal are 27/20 to win again, with United 17/10. The duo played out a 2-2 draw in their league meeting in November and another stalemate is 47/20.

Palace 33/10 to beat Spurs

Another all-Premier League tie will see Tottenham head across London to take on Crystal Palace.

Spurs romped to a 7-0 victory in round three at Tranmere, while the Eagles needed an 86th-minute winner from Jordan Ayew to see off Grimbsy.

Spurs head to Selhurst Park having won the last five meetings between the two sides 1-0. However, the last time teams met in the FA Cup it was Palace who came out on top, unsurprisingly, 1-0.

Finally, the last non-league side left in the competition, Barnet, have been drawn at home to Brentford.

Barnet are 1000/1 shots for the cup after knocking out Sheffield United in the last round, while they are 5/1 to win the ‘Battle of the Bees’ in round four.

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Chris Rivers An experienced journalist, Chris is very knowledgeable on a host of different sports and often focuses on NFL, boxing and Formula One. Chris is also a regular at the Emirates Stadium, which adds to his knowledge of top flight and European football.