City, who last lifted the trophy in 2011, begin their campaign with a home tie against Burnley on Saturday for which Pep Guardiola looks certain to rest key players.
Manchester United, the 2016 winners, are the 6/1 second favourites with most firms ahead of their home tie against Derby, which also takes place on Friday evening.
Last year’s beaten finalists Chelsea, who go to Norwich on Saturday evening, are available at stand-out odds of 13/2 with Paddy Power, with Wembley residents Tottenham the fourth favourites at best odds of 8/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will host AFC Wimbledon on Sunday.
Arsenal, who have won the competition a record 13 times, travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday and are at 10/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor, with Liverpool at the same price with Betfred. Since Wimbledon stunned Liverpool in 1988, the winners of the competition have come from what has now become the ‘Big Six’ in 28 of 31 seasons – with Everton (1995), Portsmouth (2008) and Wigan (2013) the exceptions.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|