FA Cup Betting

Feb 24, 41 days ago

EFL Cup Final Preview

EFL Cup Final Preview

It has been 41 years since Southampton won their one major trophy and the Saints return to Wembley this weekend to beat the team they overcame in the 1976 FA Cup Final.
Manchester United are favourites to win their fifth League Cup, but will be wary of a Saints side with decent pedigree in this year’s competition. Keep reading for our EFL Cup Final betting preview.

United the EFL Cup final betting favourites

It has been seven years since Manchester United last competed in the EFL Cup final but a win on Sunday would see the Red Devils become the tournament’s second most successful side.
Jose Mourinho has already won the EFL Cup three times and has played strong sides throughout this season’s competition. With United going strong on four fronts, a win at Wembley would be Mourinho’s first silverware at United and the club’s second major trophy in just nine months.
United’s defeat to Hull City in the second leg of the semi-final was actually their first in any competition since 3 November and they have been on an excellent run of form. Having knocked Northampton Town and reigning Cup holders Manchester City out of this year’s EFL Cup, they then saw off West Ham before a somewhat nervy win over the Tigers over two legs.
With Champions League qualification still the priority, Mourinho is likely to make some changes for the match although perhaps not as many as you may expect. The Portuguese is a manager who takes knockout football seriously, evidenced by the strength of the team he sent out at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend.
United have a few injury problems ahead of the game, with Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney expected to miss the match through injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick also limped out of United’s 1-0 win over St Etienne in midweek and Jose Mourinho expects the pair to miss Sunday’s final.
United are just 8/11 to win with a 2-0 victory available at 7/1.
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Southampton looking to win their first EFL Cup

It has been 38 years since Southampton‘s only appearance in the EFL Cup Final and, despite their long history, one solitary FA Cup remains the Saints only major trophy.
Of course, their 1-0 win at Wembley in 1976 was as an underdog against Manchester United and so the Saints have the chance to emulate the team of 41 years ago and bring some silverware back to the South Coast.
It’s hard to say that Southampton don’t deserve their place in the final considering they have beaten Premier League opposition in every round of this season’s competition. While they may have been expected to see off Crystal Palace and Sunderland, victories against Arsenal and Liverpool were against the odds, and their excellent performance at Anfield in the semi-final secured their place at Wembley.
Despite their Cup run, Claude Puel’s side have been in indifferent form in the league. The Saints have won just two of their last 8 league matches – and those were against struggling Sunderland and Leicester City – and so they don’t go into the match in any sort of confidence.
Their absence from the FA Cup has given them a couple of weeks to prepare for the final and that could be an advantage. They have beaten United in each of the last two seasons – both times by a single goal – and a 1-0 victory would mirror their upset in the 1976 FA Cup final.
However, injury problems in defence have taken their toll, and Puel may be forced to give a debut to former Juventus defender Martin Caceres who hasn’t played since rupturing an Achilles tendon a year ago.
Saints are 7/2 to win in 90 minutes and 12/1 to nick a 1-0 victory.

EFL Cup betting

Nov 4, 153 days ago

FA Cup First Round preview

FA Cup First Round preview

It’s the 136th edition of the oldest Cup competition in the world this season, and the first round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend.
39 non-league clubs take their place in the first round, hoping for their moment of FA cup glory. Keep reading for our FA Cup first round betting preview.

Non-league sides looking to cause an upset

This year’s FA Cup first round begins on Friday night as National League side Eastleigh take on League One’s Swindon Town.
Eastleigh sit 8th in the fifth tier of English football and are as short as 13/8 to win.
The story of this year’s first round is the debut appearance of Merstham, the Surrey village team who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. The minnows face Oxford United at home in front of the TV cameras and are 7/1 to knock out the league side.
Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, are 7/1 to win at League One club Peterborough United while Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League are 10/1 to win at League One side MK Dons.
The lowest ranked team left in the competition are ninth-tier Westfields from the Midlands League Premier Division. They face Curzon Ashton and are 4/1 to win.
“We are delighted we are at home,” Westfields chief executive Andy Morris told BBC Sport before the Curzon Ashton result. “I’m quietly confident with a home draw. Getting this far is a huge bonus – we have earned enough money so far to get us through this season and keep us going into next season.”
There are certain to be some non-league sides in round two, with Lincoln City just 1/3 to beat Altrincham while Whitehawk are 8/13 to beat Stourbridge. Braintree Town can beat Eastbourne Borough at 8/11 while famous Cup giantkillers Sutton United are 11/10 to win at Dartford.

League sides looking to progress

Two former FA Cup winners meet at Gigg Lane on Saturday as Bury take on AFC Wimbledon. Just three points separate the two sides in League One and the Dons won the recent league meeting between the sides 2-1. Neal Ardley’s side are 7/4 to win.
Bolton Wanderers are also former Cup winners and are just 4/9 to beat Grimsby Town. Notts County were upset by non league opposition in the first round of the Cup last season and face a tricky tie at Boreham Wood who are 11/4 to win.
Hartlepool United are as short as 1/6 to beat non-league Stamford while Rochdale are 4/6 to win at Maidstone United.
Sheffield United are 2/5 to beat Leyton Orient at Bramall Lane while Morecambe look excellent value at 4/1 to beat Coventry City. Alfreton could cause an upset on Sunday and are 13/5 to beat struggling Newport County while Plymouth Argyle are excellent value at 7/5 to win at Mansfield Town.

Jan 23, 804 days ago

FA Cup Fourth Round preview

FA Cup Fourth Round preview

The FA Cup reaches the last 32 round this weekend and there are some terrific matches to look forward to. Several lower league clubs will fancy their chances of knocking out top flight opposition, not least Cambridge United who host 11-time Cup winners Manchester United.

Keep reading for a preview of all this weekend’s action.

Underdogs dream of giantkilling act

The weekend’s FA Cup action begins on Friday night with a real David and Goliath encounter at the Abbey Stadium. Cambridge United’s reward for beating fellow League Two side Luton Town in the third round was a plum clash with Premier League giants Manchester United.

Unsurprisingly the game is a sellout and Cambridge have a good recent record in knockout competitions. The Us won both the FA Trophy and the Conference play-off final at Wembley in 2014 and took Birmingham to extra time in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.

United will need to be professional to come away with a win and are just 2/9 to progress. If you fancy one of the big Cup upsets of recent years you can back Cambridge at 11/1.

I tipped Rochdale to see off higher league opposition in the third round and they duly obliged with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Keith Hill’s side face Premier League opposition this Monday in the form of Stoke City and this is a potential banana skin for Mark Hughes’ side.

Rochdale sit fifth in League One and have won three matches in a row in all competitions. Whether they can up their game enough to trouble Stoke is another matter but there will be plenty tempted by the 4/1 available on the home side.

Brighton have improved in recent weeks under new boss Chris Hughton and the Seagulls can see how far they have come when they welcome Arsenal on Sunday. Brighton have lost just one in six matches under Hughton and were on a three match winning run before their defeat to Brentford last weekend.

Arsenal were excellent in their win over Manchester City last time out and the FA Cup holders are just 4/7 to win. You can back Brighton to cause an upset at 5/1.

If you’re looking for a potential giantkilling at decent odds then you could do worse than consider Bournemouth at Aston Villa. The Championship leaders have won their last five away matches in all competitions scoring 17 goals in the process and won’t be scared of facing a struggling Villa side.

Paul Lambert’s side have gone 8 hours and 42 minutes without scoring in the Premier League although they did manage a solitary strike to see off Blackpool in round three.  On form this should be a Bournemouth win and they look great value at 2/1.

Birmingham have been excellent under new boss Gary Rowett and are an attractive 13/5 to beat West Brom at St Andrews while Chelsea are just 1/8 to beat Bradford at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League outfits favourites to progress

There are plenty of mid-table Premier League teams dreaming of a decent cup run and perhaps emulating Hull City by reaching this year’s final.

The FA Cup final will take place on Steven Gerrard’s birthday and so there are plenty of incentives for Liverpool to have a good cup run. They face Bolton at Anfield this weekend and are 1/3 to reach round five. Tottenham should see off Leicester at 8/13 while Southampton can keep up their good run of form with a win over Crystal Palace at the same price.

Sunderland have won just one in 12 in the Premier League and could be susceptible to an upset at home to Fulham. Neither team are in great form although a home win could boost the Black Cats’ confidence. Kit Symons’ side look good value at 4/1, however.

Manchester City look a different side without Yaya Toure and there might be a few tempted by the 9/1 available on Championship contenders Middlesbrough to cause an upset on Saturday. Blackburn are 2/1 to knock out Premier League Swansea while League One leaders Bristol City are 3/1 to see off West Ham.

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Dec 5, 853 days ago

FA Cup Second Round preview

FA Cup Second Round preview

With the Premier League giants entering the Cup draw after this weekend’s ties, the FA Cup second round gives plenty of minnows the chance of ending up drawn against one of the game’s greats. This weekend the likes of Warrington Town, Blyth Spartans, Worcester City and Telford United have the chance to book their place in the third round draw and, perhaps, a trip to Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool.

The FA Cup always throws up some surprise results and so there’s plenty of value in this weekend’s fixtures. Keep reading for our FA Cup second round preview.

Round One giantkillers looking for a repeat performance

After their giantkilling heroics in the first round, Conference North side Worcester City have another chance to take a League scalp this weekend when they travel to Scunthorpe United.

Worcester took 3,220 travelling fans to the Ricoh Arena in round one where they upset 1987 Cup winners Coventry City 2-1. Now, over 2,000 fans will head to Glanford Park for the tie against the League One strugglers.

“Given the support we had at Coventry, I’m not surprised we’ve sold out our allocation,” City boss Carl Heeley told BBC Sport. “The fans were incredible that day. They gave us such a tremendous lift. But what does surprise me is just how quickly we’ve sold out for the Scunthorpe game. It’s a smaller, more compact ground and the atmosphere should be brilliant.”

Worcester are on an excellent run which has seen them climb to 8th in the Conference North after thirteen games unbeaten. They are 7/1 to cause another upset and, having won their last three matches 3-0, are 175/1 to make it four 3-0 wins in a row.

Another non-league side looking to claim a second major scalp are Maidstone United. A late Frannie Collin header gave them a 2-1 win over League Two side Stevenage in round one and the Isthmian Premier League outfit are just 90 minutes away from a potential tie against one of the Premier League big guns.

Maidstone won’t have the advantage of their 3G home pitch against Conference side Wrexham and are 7/2 to win.

The rest of the action

The weekend’s FA Cup action gets underway at Victoria Park where there is a North East derby between Hartlepool United and Blyth Spartans. Hartlepool sit rock bottom of the Football league with just 12 points and this could be an opportunity for the Northern Premier League side to cause an upset.

Spartans have recent FA Cup form. They reached the third round in 2008 only to narrowly lose to then Premiership side Blackburn Rovers and could well cause an upset at 11/2. Robbie Dale has scored in every round of the competition so far this season and is one to keep an eye on in the ‘first goalscorer’ market.

Mansfield Town have won just two of their last twelve matches and so the 10/11 on Cambridge United looks great value. Sheffield United should see off Plymouth at 8/13 while two divisions and 215 miles separates Bradford City and Dartford with the home side just 3/10 to prevail.

Warrington Town’s reward for a win over Exeter City in round one is a trip to Gateshead which guarantees a non-league side in round 3. “Newcastle’s a good night out, so I’ll be worried about my lads” said Warrington boss Shaun Reid ahead of Sunday’s match. Gateshead are 3/10 to win.

Cheltenham Town have won just three of their last 16 matches and it is this poor run that prompted the club to part company with boss Mark Yates, the third longest-serving manager in the Football League. Paul Buckle will hope his side recreate the form that saw them thrash Swindon 5-0 in the last round as they welcome Dover Athletic.

Chris Kinnear’s side knocked out Morecambe in the last round and are 10/3 to cause another upset.

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Apr 12, 1455 days ago

Chelsea v Man City – FA Cup Betting Tips

Chelsea v Man City – FA Cup Betting Tips

Chelsea didn’t manage to score a goal against Manchester City in the two Premier League games between the sides this season and will need to put that right if they are to enhance an already excellent recent record in the FA Cup. The Blues have lost just one FA Cup tie in the last three years and City, ironically, won the trophy that season.

Apr 12, 1455 days ago

Millwall v Wigan – FA Cup Betting Tips

Millwall v Wigan – FA Cup Betting Tips

Millwall reached the FA Cup Final in 2004 but it was staged at the Millennium Stadium that year. They had also just been relegated to League One and won’t want history to repeat itself, even if they manage to upset Wigan Athletic in the first semi-final this weekend.

Mar 26, 1472 days ago

2013 FA Cup Betting Tips – Chelsea v Manchester United

2013 FA Cup Betting Tips – Chelsea v Manchester United

The goals usually flow when Chelsea take on Manchester United. In their last seven meetings, 34 have been scored including nine in a remarkable League Cup tie at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

May 3, 1799 days ago

Chelsea v Liverpool – 2012 FA Cup Final Betting Tips

FA Cup Final – Chelsea v Liverpool Preview

The domestic cup competitions have been very good to Liverpool this season, which as just as well as their Premier League form has swung from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Tuesday’s home defeat by Fulham was again accompanied by murmurings of discontent on the Kop, though Kenny Dalglish made nine changes that night from the team that had won impressively at Norwich just three days earlier and you wouldn’t have imagined any of the stand-ins did enough to force themselves into the manager’s thinking for Wembley against the Cottagers.

May 2, 1800 days ago

Weekly Betting Tips and Sports Preview

Football

Hidden amongst the final League One and Two fixtures and Sunday’s Premier League action is the 131st FA Cup Final, scheduled for 5.15pm this Saturday.

Chelsea face Liverpool in the Wembley showpiece and the Blues are the 7/5 favourites.

Apr 11, 1821 days ago

Liverpool v Everton Preview and Betting Tips

FA Cup – Liverpool v Everton Preview

On the day of the Grand National, the streets of Liverpool are going to be abandoned to interlopers with more than 80,000 Merseysiders heading down the M6 to Wembley for the first of the weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool are our 11/8 favourites to go through the final without the need for extra time or penalties, but the form book suggests it’s neighbours Everton who are the team to back.

Apr 11, 1821 days ago

Tottenham v Chelsea Preview and Betting Tips

FA Cup – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Preview

Roberto Di Matteo is understandably upset that his team has to play an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley just 72 hours before hosting Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

While the authorities in other countries will bend over backwards to ensure their teams have every chance of achieving European success, it appears the FA still believes that the rest of the continent should arrange their fixture around the English programme!

Apr 11, 1821 days ago

Weekly Betting Tips and Sports Preview – April 11th

Football

The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with two local derbies in prospect. Liverpool play Everton on Saturday and while the Reds may be the 6/4 favourites, Everton are the form team. I fancy David Moyes’ side to prevail at 15/8.