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NEW­CAS­TLE United have been handed huge odds on lift­ing the FA Cup this sea­son – de­spite be­ing of­fered the chance of a great start to this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The Mag­pies were handed a home tie against League Two lead­ers Lu­ton Town in Mon­day’s third round draw, but de­spite be­ing handed a great op­por­tu­nity to get into the fourth round, they find them­selves as 50/1 shots to win the tro­phy with Wil­liam Hill, Paddy Power, Bet­way and 10Bet. Sky Bet of­fer slightly less, 40/1, for the Mag­pies to win their first FA Cup since 1955.

If New­cas­tle can get past the Hat­ters, they know that at least two Premier League teams will have gone the jour­ney by that point, with two all-top flight ties com­ing up as Liver­pool face Ever­ton and Brighton take on Crys­tal Palace.

A clutch of Premier League sides are also fac­ing test­ing away trips, with Nor­wich City host­ing Chelsea, Southamp­ton trav­el­ling to Ful­ham, Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers tak­ing on Swansea City at Mo­lineux, Shrews­bury Town host­ing West Ham United, Arse­nal mak­ing the jour­ney to Not­ting­ham For­est, Coventry City tack­ling a home game with Stoke City, and Bolton Wan­der­ers fac­ing Hud­der­s­field Town on home turf.

New­cas­tle are also 14/1 to reach their first FA Cup fi­nal since 1999 and 11/2 to get to the semi-fi­nals for the first time since 2000. The game to end in a draw at 9/4.

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