Once the finalists for the FA Cup Final 2017 have been decided, the bookies will spring into action with all manner of FA Cup Final betting offers, ranging from traditional bets to novelty markets. FA Cup Final betting will be available online, in High Street bookmakers and via your mobile.
Being one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar, there will naturally be a wealth of FA Cup Final bets on offer once the finalists are known. In the meantime, FA Cup Final betting is currently restricted to picking the winning team, with some bookies offering ½ the odds on an each-way bet to reach the FA Cup Final.
The current betting is, understandably, dominated by the usual suspects. It’s a very competitive market, with Manchester City leading the FA Cup Final betting at a best price of 6/1 (7.0), followed by Arsenal and Chelsea at 7/1 (8.0), Manchester United 8/1 (9.0), Liverpool 12/1 (13.0) and Tottenham Hotspur 14/1 (15.0).
There are sure to be special promotions from many bookmakers ahead of the final whereby customers will be entitled to an FA Cup free bet.
Popular markets for the game itself will include backing a correct score and selecting a first goalscorer. There are also sure to be offers available where a pre-match bet will provide an FA Cup free bet to be used “in-play”.
There will be a vast array of FA Cup Final betting previews available ahead of the game itself via numerous media outlets. There is usually a degree of good fortune involved in reaching the FA Cup Final, with the luck of the draw playing a big part in getting to Wembley Stadium.
In what is looking like a closely fought race to secure the Premier League title and a top-four-finish this season, some of the bigger clubs could have their focus elsewhere, particularly if they are still challenging in Europe too. This might be a season where a team outside the usual suspects could be worth a small interest, with the likes of Everton and Southampton perhaps worth a look at 20/1 (21.0) each.
The availability of FA Cup Final online betting has opened up a vast number of betting opportunities and there will be a myriad of FA Cup Final betting offers and free bets available.
There were 736 entrants for this season’s FA Cup, which began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016. The FA Cup 2017 Final will conclude on 7th May 2017.
With FA Cup Final tickets being notoriously difficult to come by, the vast majority of people in the UK will watch the game as broadcast on either the BBC or BT Sport.
In recent years the FA Cup Final has been largely dominated by the elite clubs, with Arsenal and Chelsea having won six trophies apiece in the last 20. The two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will also have plenty of backers.
The only teams outside the big clubs to win the trophy over the past two decades are Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic.
Arsenal are seeking to join an elite club in winning the FA Cup in three consecutive seasons, following on from Wanderers (1876, 1877 and 1878) and Blackburn Rovers (1884, 1885 and 1886).
The FA Cup was first held in the 1871-72 season and the current competition is the 135th edition in what is the oldest recognized football tournament on the planet.
In the very first FA Cup Final, Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval before an official crowd of 2,000. Few of those in attendance on the 16th March 1872 could have envisaged the competition continuing to this day, let alone evolving into the global event it was to become.
There have been many famous FA Cup Finals, including the White Horse Final of 1923 and the Matthews Final of 1953. There have also been some major upsets, with Sunderland beating Leeds United 1-0 in 1973 and Wimbledon’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool in 1988 being two of the biggest.