The FA Cup is a tournament with a rich heritage. Officially the oldest association football competition in the world, it was first held during the 1871-72 season. FA Cup winner odds are always incredibly varied at the beginning as the competition is open to so many clubs. All of the 92 English Football League clubs and hundreds of non-league sides take part every season in the straight knockout competition. It’s also a huge tournament for betting with FA Cup odds to win individual matches and a host of outrights offered all season.
The official first round of the FA Cup takes place in November but there is a long qualifying period beginning in August. You can find FA Cup odds early on but the tournament begins in earnest at the third round stage. That’s when the Premier League and Championship teams enter the fray and the FA Cup outright odds get much more interesting.
Fixtures for each round of the FA Cup are decided by an open draw with no seeding so anybody can play anybody. Some teams have won matches at huge odds on FA Cup weekends in years past. These so-called giant killings include Bradford coming back from 2-0 down to beat Chelsea (who were the shortest FA Cup odds winner selection that year) and Wigan confounding the FA Cup final betting odds to beat Manchester City and lift the trophy.
In recent years there has been a lot written about the importance that the FA Cup still has in the English football season. In the earlier rounds some big teams rest a number of key players but with a Europa League spot awarded to the winners, teams take the latter stages very seriously. For fans, the FA Cup gives the chance for a big day out at Wembley out no matter how badly their team’s league campaign may be going.
In years gone by it was only the final that was held at the national stadium, Wembley, but now the semi finals are held there too. Everybody wants a place in the showpiece final though and the FA Cup semi final odds reflect the competitive nature of the semis. Once the two finalists are confirmed FA Cup final odds are priced up early and offer punters a great chance to profit as one team emerges victorious and the other suffers heartbreak in the final.
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