FA Cup Betting Tips
Key stats on the F.A Cup
The FA Cup is the oldest cup competition in the world. It first took place in 1871 and was won by Wanderers Football club. As of the 2016/17 season 736 took part from every part of the Football League. Arsenal FC are the current holders and have won the famous old cup a record thirteen times. The FA Cup have become famous for remarkable matches and results. Lower league teams who manage to fight it out to the fourth round can be drawn against the Premier League big boys. These matches have caused massive shocks and «Giant Killings ». Last year was a prime example. League two side Bradford City travelled to Stamford Bridge to take on table toppers Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s men went 2-0 up and were incredibly beaten 4-2. It is the magic of the FA Cup.
Betting on the FA Cup
Due to the amount of teams in the FA Cup it is quite easy to find a good game to bet on. The most interesting games to bet on occur from the third round onwards, when the Premier League teams get involved. These are where bettors can find long odds on lower league sides travelling to Championship and Premier League sides. One thing to look out for is when the starting lineups are announced. If a big team names a weakened side an upset is on the cards. Sides that travel to these lower league teams will find it difficult to get a result.
Last year in the FA Cup
Last year in the FA Cup was once again a memorable year. Lincoln city, a non league team managed to get to the quarter finals. They beat Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley before facing Arsenal away, Arsenal going on to win the cup for the 13th time. Millwall managed to reach the last 8 but were heavily beaten by Tottenham. Arsenal face Chelsea in the final at Wembley and the Gunners came out as 2-1 winners.
Your FA Guide
Before the Premier League teams get involved in the third round, there are two previous rounds. These rounds are for the non-league and conference league teams. The main goal for these sides is to make it to the third round so the have the opportunity to host or travel to a big named side and potentially cause an upset. As the rounds progress the number of teams gets smaller and smaller with the big sides usually prevailing. Once they reach the semi-final stages the match is brought to a neutral venue. The home of English football, Wembley. After a winner is determined the biggest event in the English football calender takes place at Wembley stadium after the Premier League finishes.