FA Cup Betting
The FA Cup is the oldest football tournament on the planet, and its rich history and legacy attract huge football betting action from around the world. Here at Britain Bet, you can place wagers on each and every FA Cup fixture in our sports betting platform. We offer the best football betting odds on a variety of football betting markets throughout the season. So, whether you prefer pre-game betting or want to bet live on the FA Cup, we’ve got you covered!
About FA Cup
Commonly known as the FA Cup, the Football Association Challenge Cup is an annual knockout English football competition that is organized by The Football Association (The FA). First played 150 years ago in 1871, the FA Cup is known for being the oldest national football competition on the planet.
Unlike other football competitions, this tournament accepted teams up to level 10 of the English Football League system. Also, the FA Cup comprises 12 randomly drawn gameplay rounds, which are followed by the semi-finals and the final. The winners of the FA Cup receive a trophy and qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Moreover, winners are also awarded a position in the upcoming FA Community Shield.
FA Cup format
The FA Cup starts as a knockout tournament in August and it concludes with a final game in May. At the start of the season, a qualifying round is played, where clubs from the bottom two levels – 9 and 10 – first compete in the Extra Preliminary Round. After this, football teams from higher levels are added to qualifying competition in further rounds, as per the following table:
|Round||New Entrants at This Round||Number of Matches|
|Extra-Preliminary Round||Level 9 and 10 clubs||184|
|Preliminary Round||Level 8 clubs||160|
|First Round||Level 7 clubs||116|
|Second Round||Level 6 clubs||80|
|Fourth Round||Level 5 clubs||32|
|First Round||Level 3 and 4 clubs||40|
|Third Round||Level 1 and 2 clubs||32|
As with some other sports betting events, the qualifying rounds in the FA are regionalized. This is done in order to reduce the travel costs for non-league clubs. Earlier, the first and second rounds of the FA Cup proper competition were also divided into Southern and Northern sections. However, this practice has not been used since the 1997-98 season.
After the conclusion of proper rounds in the competition, the final of the FA Cup is normally held on the second Saturday in May.
Popular FA Cup bet types
At Britain Bet, we offer the best odds on multiple FA Cup outcomes throughout the season. Here are some of the most popular FA Cup betting markets available on our platform:
Final result –
As the name implies, this football bet type allows you to wager on the final outcome of the game. With the final result bet, all you are doing is selecting one of the three options: a home win, draw or away win.
Double chance –
This football bet gives an interesting twist to the final result bet type. Here, you have the chance to bet on two final outcomes at the same time, with lessened odds.
To score in both halves –
With this football bet, your selected side must score at least once in the first half and at least once in the second half.
Correct score –
Here, you need to correctly predict what the final score of the given FA Cup match will be. As predicting the correct score is somewhat difficult than other bet types, you usually receive higher odds here.
Key records and stats of the FA Cup
Now, let’s take a look at the key records and stats of the FA Cup tournaments. These statistics, along with our football betting tips, can help you make more informed bets when enjoying FA Cup betting online:
Most wins in the FA Cup – Arsenal (21 times)
Most appearances in a final – Arsenal (21 times)
Most consecutive wins in the FA Cup – Blackburn Rovers and Wanderers (3 each)
Most final appearances without losing – Wanderers (5)
Biggest win in the FA Cup – 6-0 (Manchester City vs Watford in 2019)
Most defeats in a FA Cup final – 8 (Manchester United and Everton)
Most wins by a player – 7 (Ashley Cole)
Fastest goal in the FA Cup – 4 seconds, Gareth Morris (for Ashton United v. Skelmersdale United in 2001)
Most goals by a player in a single FA Cup match – 9 (Ted MacDougall)
Fastest hat-trick in the FA Cup – 2 minutes 20 seconds, Andy Locke
Past FA Cup winners
|2018–19||Manchester City §||6–0||Watford|
|2015–16||Manchester United||2–1||Crystal Palace|
|2012–13||Wigan Athletic||1–0||Manchester City|
|2010–11||Manchester City||1–0||Stoke City|
|2007–08||Portsmouth||1–0||Wales Cardiff City|
|2005–06||Liverpool||3–3 dagger[c]||West Ham United|
|2004–05||Arsenal||0–0 dagger[b]||Manchester United|