As football buffs will know, the FA Cup is the world’s oldest national football competition, and it is also one of the biggest. There are hundreds of teams that can take part in the FA Cup, and for sports fans, this translates into numerous betting opportunities. Here at mr.play Sports you will find everything that you could possibly need in order to bet on the FA Cup. There are masses of markets available on each match and some of the most competitive odds you will find.
FA Cup Odds & Markets
When it comes to betting on the FA Cup, you can do far more than just bet on an individual match. You can bet on all the stages of the tournament, predicting which teams will progress, which will be knocked out, and who the eventual winners will be. In order to make the most of all the betting opportunities, it is imperative that you understand all of the markets on offer. Broadly speaking, the markets are split into two categories, Outrights, which deal with the tournament as a whole, and Game Odds, which deal with the individual matches.
At first, you may not think that there are many Outright betting markets available on the FA Cup, but you will soon discover that there are plenty of them. Of course, the most basic of these is the FA Cup Winner market, a bet on which team will win. This market will be updated as the tournament progresses, and if the favourites are knocked out, then you may be able to spot some fantastic betting opportunities. Furthermore, if you want to back a team other than the favourites, then you may well find excellent odds available early in the tournament. The FA Cup is not a quick tournament, it usually starts in August and the final doesn’t take place until the following May. Therefore, it is worth keeping an eye on the outright markets at all times to see what you can find.
When it comes to the Game Odds, you will find that most matches have over one hundred betting markets available, allowing you to bet on many different aspects of the match. Of course, the most basic place to start is with markets such as 1x2 Full Time, a bet on which team will win or a draw, Total Goals Scored, a bet on the number of goals, 1X2 1st Half, Total Goals, 1st Half, Both Teams to Score, and so on. Most of these markets require very little explanation but each represents an exciting chance to place a winning bet.
Due to the FA Cup’s tournament structure, it offers a few markets that are not available for league betting, such as To Qualify. This is a bet on which team will reach the next round, and it is not always the same as match winner, as some games are played over two legs. Very often, it is also possible to find some exciting bets in the Specials section. Here you may find markets such as To Win From Behind, Both Teams to Score in Both Halves, To Win To Nil, Own Goal, and so on. You can also bet on corners, fouls, penalties, players, and far more. Be sure to carefully look through all the markets as you may spot some great opportunities.
FA Cup Live In-Play Betting
If you want to make watching an FA Cup match even more exciting then be sure to take a look at our live in-play betting markets. These are markets that are offered while the game is taking place and the odds are continually updated as the match progresses. It allows you to respond to what is happening and by keeping a careful eye on things, hopefully spot a number of betting opportunities. The in-play markets include nearly all the same markets as are available before a game; however, there are some markets that are only available in-play, and these are often referred to as ‘Next To’ bets. For example, you could bet on the next team to score, or even the next player, the next to foul, the next corner, the next penalty, the next card, and so on. You can also bet on an event to happen within a certain timeframe, such as a goal in the next five minutes. By keeping your eyes peeled, you will have the chance to turn every moment of the match into a bet winning opportunity.
FA Cup Facts
The FA Cup has been taking place almost every year since the 1871-72 season, making it one of the oldest football tournaments in the world. Each year, hundreds of clubs from the English football league system are eligible to take part, including teams from the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, and teams in the National League System. This led to an incredible 763 teams participating in the 2011-12 competition.
As a result, the competition has many rounds. There are six qualifying rounds that reduces the field to just 32 teams that go on to take part in the first round of the competition proper, where they will be facing the first set of 48 professional teams from League One and League Two. The final teams to join the competition are from the Premier League and Championship. They start playing in the Third Round. The eventual winners receive the FA Cup Trophy, the current version of which was made in 2014 and is a replica of a design that has been used since 1911. The FA Cup winners qualify for the Europa League and they play in the FA Community Shield.