I’m not going to put money on it because I’d clearly curse our good form and we’d get beaten at Wednesday at the weekend, but Betting Zone are tipping us for the Cup.

With odds of 80/1, it doesn’t sound like too bad a bet:

They’ve had mixed fortunes in the FA Cup in recent seasons and were dumped up in the third round by Bristol Rovers 12 months ago but this is a side that’s now going places under Roy Hodgson.

They’ve kicked on superbly after last season’s Houdini act, starting 2009 in the top half of the table and on an unbeaten run of nine games.

They’ve also shown themselves more than capable of ruffling the feathers of the big boys, beating Arsenal and taking points off both Liverpool and Chelsea.

The worry is their away form but there have been signs of real progress on that front too, with four successive goalless draws on their recent travels.

That suggests they should be more than capable of getting a replay out of this weekend’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday and, with Hodgson intent on giving them more of a cutting edge in 2009, the future looks bright.

Certainly it’s hard to see why Fulham are available at twice the odds of Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough and West Ham – and they look in a far more settled state that either Newcastle or last season’s winners Portsmouth, both of whom are also on offer at no better than 40s.