Chelsea kick off the FA Cup fifth round with a home tie against Championship strugglers Hull City on Friday night, with the ailing champions a 9/2 chance with Bet365 to win the competition. Manchester City, who round things off on Monday with a trip to Wigan, are the 2/1 favourites – and they will be looking for revenge against opponents who have inflicted their worst results in this competition in the 10 years since their Abu Dhabi takeover.
Ben Watson’s late header gave Wigan a 1-0 win over City in the 2013 final, before they repeated the trick with a 2-1 quarter-final win at the Etihad the following season.
Bet365 and William Hill are offering the League One leaders at 8/1 to qualify and take their third successive Premier League scalp after beating Bournemouth and West Ham. Manchester United, who go to Huddersfield on Saturday, are the 4/1 second favourites with Bet365, while Tottenham are 5/1 ahead of their visit to Rochdale. Spurs have already survived one mighty scare on a rotten lower league pitch, scoring with eight minutes remaining to earn a replay against Newport, and surfaces don’t come any worse this season that the one at Spotland, where several lorry-loads of sand were required to allow their fourth round replay against Millwall to go ahead. Dale suffered a further postponement at the weekend.
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