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Bettingpro.com's writers offer FA Cup betting tips for every televised tie from the third round onwards, while also offering betting tips in the form of daily best bets columns and accumulator bets.

FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Manchester City will go into the World Cup Final as the bookmakers’ favourites, and the last time that happened they found themselves on the embarrassing end of history. It was six years ago that the Manchester club, then managed by Roberto Mancini, were expected to roll over a Wigan Athletic side that were on the brink of being relegated to the Championship, but instead they crashed to a 1-0 defeat when Ben Watson headed home in added time. It was a result that cost Mancini his job as City boss and just days later the Latics were relegated, making them the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season. So can City, who have now lost three of their last four FA Cup Final appearances, avoid a similar fate in the 2019 Final and complete a domestic treble?

Providing the opposition at Wembley Stadium are a Watford side who staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition just to make it to this showdown at Wembley. With less than half an hour to go against Wolves it appeared as though the Hornets would fall at the last hurdle in their quest to reach the final, with goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez giving Nuno Espirito Santo’s team a 2-0 lead, but Javi Gracia pulled off masterstroke when he sent on Gerard Deulofeu in a desperate attempt to rescue the tie. A sublime finish from the Spaniard with 11 minutes to go gave them a glimmer of hope and he then completed the comeback in extra-time after Troy Deeney had shown nerves of steel to convert a last-gasp penalty kick to force another 30 minutes. It was incredible stuff from Watford, but can they top that to upset City in Saturday’s final?

History suggests that is unlikely. As you may already know, Manchester City have not lost a competitive fixture against Watford for 30 years, and if you narrow the results down to the Pep Guardiola era it makes for ugly reading. The former Barcelona boss’ first encounter with the Hornets did not produce an emphatic result, but a 2-0 victory showed signs of what was to come and City have now won all six of their meetings with Watford since he took the reins. The Hornets have at least given their supporters something to cheer in recent meetings by scoring in each of their last three games against the Manchester outfit, but I do not expect them to cause an upset and I do not even see them scoring against City for the fourth straight game either.

Defensively City have stepped up their game during the final portion of the season to rack up a string of clean sheets and I do not expect Watford to come out all guns blazing in an attempt to shock their opponents from the start. They are going to sit deep, try to soak up the pressure and catch City on the break, and even if they do go one down they are not going to suddenly abandon that approach in a desperate attempt to equalise – well, not until the late stages of course. After all, the longer Watford can stay in the tie the more they will feel that they can emulate what Watson and Wigan did all those years ago.

But while this current City crop does have a few players left over from that embarrassing loss, this is a very different group to the one that headed to the English capital all of those years ago. They boast a ridiculous wealth of attacking talent, a rock-solid defence and a goalkeeper who can bail them out when he is called upon. That is the recipe for success and it will be the recipe for an FA Cup Final win that sees City win without conceding a single goal. They may not run riot though, so I am going with Guardiola’s men to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0.

My second selection for the FA Cup Final is to back Raheem Sterling to find the back of the net anytime. The former Liverpool man has grown considerably as a player and as a man over the course of the past couple of seasons and he has become a real impact player for Manchester City. He may not be as prolific a goal-scorer as team-mate Sergio Aguero, but he has been in fine form in front of goal during the current campaign and he has developed something of a knack for scoring against Watford.

Sterling has netted five goals in his last four meetings with the Hornets and in their most recent encounter he was the star of the show, rattling in a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory for City at the Etihad Stadium. I see absolutely no reason why he cannot shoot down Javi Gracia’s side again at Wembley, capping off a tremendous 2018/19 campaign for the England star.

Previous FA Cup Tips

RoundTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss
10pt Stake
1Portsmouth -2 to win @ 11/4Lincoln & -3.5 total goals @ 31/20Luton & + 2.5 total goals @ 29/20Mansfield v Charlton - Draw @ 9/4Sunderland & +1.5 total goals @ 11/10+41
1 (Replays)Bradford -1 to win @ 2/1Charlton to win @ EVSDoncaster win & both teams to score @ 2/1Bristol Rovers win to nil @ 23/20Salford to qualify @ 19/20U30
2Charlton to win @ 5/4Lincoln win & both teams to score @ 11/4Peterborough & -3.5 total goals @ 6/4Luton to win @ 11/10Portsmouth to win @ 23/20U7.5
2 (Replays)Bradford v Peterborough - Both teams to score @ 4/6Newport to win @ 21/20Sunderland -1 to win @ 6/4--+7.17
3Bournemouth to win @ 19/20Aston Villa to win @ 10/11Derby to win @ 9/5QPR to win @ 9/5Liverpool to win @ 11/12U22

(Replays)
Blackburn to win @ 11/8Luton draw no bet @ 8/11Southampton to win & over 2.5 goals @ 7/5--U30 
4Arsenal to win @ 8/5Derby to win @ 5/6Portsmouth to win @ 16/11Watford to win @ 7/5Tottenham to win @ 6/4U7.67
4 (Replays)Brentford win & both teams to score @ 21/10Jimenez scores & Wolves win @ 10/11West Brom to win @ 9/5--+1
5Watford to win @ 10/11Derby Draw No Bet @ 12/5Sane scores & Man City win @ EVSWolves win & both teams to score @ 10/3Chelsea to win @ 11/10U10.91
Quarter-FinalsMillwall v Brighton - Draw @ 23/10Millwall v Brighton - both teams to score @ 10/11---+32.09
Semi-FinalsAguero score 1st & Man City win @ 5/2Wolves to win @ 11/8---U10

2018/19 FA CUP BETTING ODDS

Opponents drawn at random. Big guns being forced to visit minnows. There is no competition on the planet like the FA Cup. And when those big teams head to unfamiliar - sometimes cramped - surroundings, it is not a foregone conclusion that they will return home with their reputation intact. And those that do, sometimes they are handed a scare first.

Jose Mourinho will never forget his first FA Cup tie when a Scunthorpe United side full of free transfers pushed his multi-million pound side to the limit and even took the lead at Stamford Bridge. And of course, following his second departure from the Bridge his former employers crashed to a shock defeat at the hands of Bradford City. Shrewsbury Town, Hereford United, Leyton Orient and Luton Town are among those that have added their name to the list of FA Cup giant-killers.

And while they may not have been giant-killings, the FA Cup Final itself has thrown up some shockers over the years. Few football fans will forget the day Wimbledon rocked up at Wembley Stadium and beat a Liverpool team that was the dominant force in English football in the 80s. And what about the time Wigan Athletic arrived at the home of English football and beat mega-bucks Manchester City just days before the Latics' relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.

So will we see more upsets during this season's competition? Do not bet against it!

FA CUP LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers in the UK now have access to matches in one of the most popular competitions there is - the world famous FA Cup.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

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BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE FA CUP

The FA Cup's popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the oldest cup competition in world football, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the FA Cup, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? Are matches live streamed? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

FA Cup Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time...

FA Cup Bookmaker Offers

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A whole host of bookmakers now offer special promotions for every round of fixtures in the FA Cup, ranging from special price enhancements to money back specials, and Bettingpro.com has a rundown of the latest offers available...

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FA CUP OUTRIGHT BETTING TIPS

Outright betting on FA Cup remains a great way to make a profit while betting on English football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

FA Cup outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

FA Cup Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will lift the famous trophy at the end of the FA Cup Final. The usual suspects – Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City etc – are at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go too short with their odds prior to the start of the competition. And while the big guns have dominated this competition in recent years, this is still a knockout tournament that can throw up a surprise winner – see Wigan Athletic in 2013 and Portsmouth in 2008 – so you could make a very big profit if you successfully back an outsider to lift the trophy at Wembley. This market is available from pre-season all the way through to the final itself, but the odds will change as the action unfolds, as teams march on and others crash out.

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the FA Cup Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. And because of how competitive the FA Cup can be, even the shortest priced final can be backed at an appealing price before the season gets underway. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This FA Cup betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Manchester United to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

Top Goalscorer

Again, this is another very simple betting market – you are betting on which player will score the most goals in the FA Cup that season. A whole host of big-name strikers feature in this competition every season, but that does not mean it is a foregone conclusion that one of them will end up with the Golden Boot. In 2016/17 a Curzon Ashton forward finished atop the scoring charts alongside Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur, with a Reading player topping the charts in 2015/16 and Preston North End and Bradford City forwards leading the way in 2014/15. This market offers a fantastic chance to make a healthy profit here, so if you know of a lethal goalscorer in the lower leagues or even non-league, they could be worth a little flutter at big odds. But of course, once the competition gets underway and the goals start flowing, those in-form scorers will soon see their odds cut.

FA CUP MATCH BETTING TIPS

Betting on FA Cup ties has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers FA Cup betting tips for every game world’s oldest cup competition, and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive match – for example, Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Chelsea are 4/9 to beat Southampton, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back Chelsea to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Chelsea -2 to win the match is available at 7/2. So what does the -2 mean? It means Southampton will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Chelsea must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Chelsea will win by a single goal so you could go Southampton +2, which is available at 1/2. That means if Chelsea win the match 1-0 on the field, Southampton will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will be drawing at half-time but fancy Tottenham Hotspur to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Tottenham Hotspur, which would be available at around 5/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Tottenham Hotspur to win by 1 goal, Tottenham Hotspur to win by 2 goals, Tottenham Hotspur to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Manchester United at 5/4, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Tottenham Hotspur to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher price of 6/1.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Chelsea to beat Southampton but want a bigger price than 4/9. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 12/5 on Chelsea to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Southampton to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur you may be expecting Spurs to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Tottenham Hotspur/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 9/4. It does not matter if Tottenham win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

FA CUP HISTORY

The first FA Cup Final took place during the 1871/72 season when Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners against Royal Engineers at the Kennnington Oval.

In 1923 the Final moved to its permanent home of Wembley Stadium and it was Bolton Wanderers who lifted the trophy on that occasions thanks to a 2-0 victory against West Ham United.

Aside from a one-off replay at Old Trafford and a six-year spell at the Millennium Stadium while the new Wembley was being built, millions of supporters have walked down Wembley Way over the years with the hope of seeing their team lift the famous trophy.

Arsenal supporters have done that more than any other because the Gunners have now won the FA Cup a record-setting 13 times, with Manchester United next up on 12 successes after they were unable to successfully defend the trophy in 2016/17/

Tottenham Hotspur are eight-time holders ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and Aston Villa, who have won it seven times, while Manchester City and Everton have both got their hands on this famous piece of silverware on five occasions.

FA CUP RECORDS

MOST FA CUP FINAL WINS: 13 - Arsenal

MOST CONSECUTIVE FA CUP WINS: 3 - Wanderers (1876-1878), Blackburn Rovers (1884-1886)

MOST FA CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Arsenal - 20

MOST FA CUP FINAL DEFEATS: Everton - 8 (1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009)

MOST FA CUP WINS BY A MANAGER: Arsene Wenger - 7 (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017)

MOST FA CUP WINS BY A PLAYER: Ashley Cole - 7 (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)

MOST GOALS IN AN FA FUP FINAL: 7 - Blackburn Rovers 6-1 Sheffield Wednesday (1890), Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers (1953)

MOST FA CUP FINAL GOALS SCORED: Ian Rush - 5

FA CUP WINNERS

NUMBERTEAM
13Arsenal
12Manchester United
8Tottenham Hotspur
8Chelsea
7Liverpool
7Aston Villa
6Newcastle United
6Blackburn Rovers
5Everton
5Manchester City
5Wanderers
4Bolton Wanderers
4Sheffield United
4Wolverhampton Wanderers
3Sheffield Wednesday
3West Ham United
2Bury
2Nottingham Forest
2Portsmouth
2Preston North End
2Sunderland
2Old Etonians
1Huddersfield Town
1Southampton
1Leeds United
1Derby County
1Blackpool
1Cardiff City
1Burnley
1Notts County
1Wigan Athletic
1Wimbledon
1Coventry City
1Ipswich Town
1Bradford City
1Royal Engineers
1Oxford University
1Clapham Rovers
1Blackburn Olympic
1Old Carthusians

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