The FA Cup is football’s most famous and oldest domestic cup competition, open to football teams in England and Wales. It is a non-seeded, open knockout tournament that runs throughout the English football season. Fans the world over enjoy watching the competition and taking part in some FA Cup betting.
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2020/21 FA Cup Betting Odds
The 2021 FA Cup final will take place on Saturday 15th May 2021. Check out the latest FA Cup odds below.
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FA Cup 2020/21 Key Dates
9th January 2021 – Third Round Proper
23rd January 2021 – Fourth Round Proper
10th February 2021 – Fifth Round Proper
20th March 2021 – Quarter Finals
17th April 2021 – Semi Finals
15th May 2021 – Final
Popular FA Cup Betting Markets
There are many ways to bet on this famous old competition. Below are just a few of your FA Cup football betting options.
Outright FA Cup Winner
Quite simply, a bet on a team to win the FA Cup that season. There is nothing more to it than that. If you so choose, you could of course make your bet each way, allowing your team to lose in the final; but, for an outright non-each way bet, your team will need to lift the trophy.
To Make The Final
Not quite an each way bet, but effectively a bet on a team to be among the last two teams in the tourney and make the final. Importantly, your pick does not need to win and if they do, you will not win extra.
Winning Manager Nationality
A bet on the nationality of the winning manager. Stats wise, a Frenchman, Arsène Wenger, has won the FA Cup more than any other coach, while Spaniards and Italians are also well represented. In fact, the only nationality not to be represented are the English – last won by Harry Redknapp in 2008. Is this about to change? Bet wisely.
Red, blue or something entirely different. Which colour of strip will the winning team wear when they win the final? Bear in mind that if you choose red, then you have a choice of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United who could all win and credit your bet. Of course, Chelsea and Manchester City wear blue, as do half the league, but Away kits do count, and if City win and play in black, a bet on blue won't pay out.
How Does The FA Cup Work?
The FA Cup is open to all eligible clubs down to Level 10 of the English football league. This includes all 92 professional clubs in the Premier League and the English Football League, including some teams from Wales, as well as non-League teams. The competition consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds, followed by the Semi-Finals and the Final. Entrants are not seeded, although a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds.
To that end, the first six rounds are the Qualifying Competition, where 32 teams move on to the first round of the FA Cup Proper. At this stage, they are pooled with the first 48 professional teams from Leagues One and Two. Teams from the Premier League and the Championship enter in round three, which takes place in early January. Home advantage is determined by the draw and tied matches go to a replay at the away team’s ground. Both Semi-Finals and the Final are played at London’s Wembley Stadium.
History of FA Cup
The Football Association (the FA) was formed in 1863 in order to set the Laws of the Game of Association Football, a sport slowly growing in popularity. Known as ‘the beautiful game' and also often referred to as the working man’s game, football was still without a unified competition. By 1871, the FA Secretary C. W. Alcock floated the idea of a Challenge Cup for all clubs belonging to the Association to compete in.
In November that year, the inaugural FA Cup tournament took place. For the first two seasons, the Wanderers were the champions of the 13-match tourney, which grew in numbers each year before qualifying rounds were introduced around the turn of the century.
The 1923 FA Cup Final was the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, and became known as the White Horse Final. Four years later, a Cup Final tradition was established when the hymn Abide with Me was sung for the first time prior to kick off, which still happens today. The 2001 Cup Final was the first to be played outside of England when the Final was moved to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales while Wembley was being redeveloped.
The last Final to be played in Cardiff was in 2005 and was won by Liverpool, who had also won the first FA Cup final to be held in Cardiff too. Fittingly, the 2005 Cup Final featured what was voted the greatest ever Cup Final goal, which was scored by Steven Gerrard in a match that was later dubbed The Steven Gerrard Final. The following year, the final went back to its spiritual home of Wembley where it continues to be held today.
Past Winners of the FA Cup
|2016||Manchester United||Crystal Palace|
|2013||Wigan Athletic||Manchester City|
|2011||Manchester City||Stoke City|
|2006||Liverpool||West Ham United|
FA Cup Key Stats
- Ashley Cole has won a record seven FA Cup Finals.
- With 13 FA Cup wins, Arsenal are the most successful team in the history of the competition.
- Ian Rush is the record goal scorer in FA Cup final history with 5 goals.
- Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in FA Cup history having won the cup 7 times.
- Didier Drogba has found the net in 4 separate cup finals, a competition record.
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FA Cup Betting FAQs
🏆 Is the FA Cup seeded?
No, there is no seeding to the FA Cup.
⚒️ Where is the FA Cup Final played?
The FA Cup final traditionally takes place at London’s Wembley Stadium.
🥇 Are FA Cup matches two-legged?
No, all matches are one leg, but may go to a replay in the event of a tie which would then be decided by extra time and a penalty shoot-out.
✅ Do winners of the FA Cup get a European place?
Yes, FA Cup winners qualify for the following season's UEFA Europa League.
👍 Can I bet on the FA Cup?
Absolutely. There are all kinds of bets that you can make on the tournament or the individual matches.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
The most famous domestic football cup competition in the world, the FA Cup is a staple of the English football season. The FA Cup final, which takes place each May, traditionally brings the curtain down on the domestic season before all professional players take their summer break. This illustrious event dates back as far as the 1871/2 season, and has lost none of its shine to UK fans and those overseas. Because of its huge popularity, there are many people that like to place a bet on the FA Cup.