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FA Cup stats pinpoint top teams in the betting odds
If you want to find the overall winner in FA Cup betting, there are some useful statistics you might want to bear in mind before placing your bet and we advise that bet is placed with the best bookie for FA Cup odds Bet365.
We all know that the big premiership teams tend to win the FA Cup, but did you know that a select group of just four teams has won the FA Cup an incredible 85% of the time over the past 20 years?
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have lifted the FA Cup five times while Chelsea have clocked up four wins and Liverpool have achieved three. At the start of the FA Cup betting it is no surprise that they are usually the shortest priced participants.
Fortunately the top four teams are not so dominant in the FA Cup that they invariably end up facing each other in the final. In the past 20 years, the four outstanding FA Cup teams have met opposition outside their exclusive clique a surprising 60% of the time. That means a total of twelve finals out of a possible twenty.
On only one occasion in those twelve FA Cup finals was the 'top four' team toppled by the opposition - Manchester United lost 1-0 to Everton in 1995.
So, if a 'top four' team meets 'other' opposition in a FA Cup final, statistics covering the past twenty years suggest that there is an over 90% chance that the 'top four' team will win.
Chelsea beat Portsmouth in the 2010 final while Manchester City beat Stoke to lift the trophy 2011. While not one of the top four teams mentioned above, Manchester City were certainly one of the top four teams in the Premiership at the time. The message is clear that class will out and outsiders are precisely that, outsiders.
There is a lot more to the FA Cup than the past twenty years though. If you can't remember a time when there wasn't an FA Cup it's not surprising. The FA Cup is the longest standing association football tournament in the entire world.
The inaugural FA Cup took place in the 1871-1872 season. Wanderers won in the final that was held at Kennington Oval. Wanderers won again the very next year, starting the trend for repeat winners early in the tournament's history.
The FA Cup was originally devised as a knock out competition to be contested by amateur clubs in England. As football became an increasingly popular and professional sport, part of the appeal of the FA Cup was drawn from its capacity to include football clubs of greatly varying status.
For once, there was the chance for the small team from a lower division to conquer one of the footballing giants from a different league – provided their grounds met with certain health and safety standards.
Nowadays the vastly varying resources available to football clubs, depending on their size and status, mean that the football team equivalent of David seems increasingly unlikely to conquer Goliath. The 'top four' phenomenon is no surprise but, anyone who follows football knows that you don't need to look very far back to see that it can and has happened. Who would have bet that Cardiff City would end up playing Portsmouth in the FA Cup final in 2008? Portsmouth won 1-0. The FA Cup betting odds on either of them reaching (never mind winning) the final at the start of the competition were understandably generous.
The earliest FA Cup betting didn't take place at bookmakers' shops – there weren't any until ninety years later. Depending on the time and the clubs contesting, FA Cup bets could have been anything from a gentleman's agreement in which no money changed hands until after the match to a rather sordid pre-match exchange of cash with a dubious individual in the urinals of a conveniently located Gents' lavatory.
Today, fortunately, FA Cup betting has matured and become rather more sophisticated. You can now place your FA Cup bets with online bookmakers offering betting markets on every single game, including the preliminary rounds. There's a lot to be said for betting from the comfort of your own home, in view of the television.
The format of the competition provides plenty of opportunities for FA Cup betting. There are a total of fourteen rounds to choose from. You can bet on the six qualifying rounds as well as all six of the 'proper' rounds in addition to the semi finals and the FA Cup final.
The FA Cup always kicks off in August with the lowest ranked clubs playing in the two preliminary rounds followed by the first qualifying round. FA Cup betting possibilities are endless. While you are unlikely to get particularly generous odds as little known clubs of supposedly similar standard play each other, there is a real opportunity for punters who are knowledgeable about the lesser known teams to profit from their expertise in FA Cup betting.
As with other sports and football competitions, television coverage has fuelled global interest in the FA Cup and consequently FA Cup betting. The first FA Cup final broadcast in its entirety was in 1938. Preston and Huddersfield provided an estimated ten thousand viewers with an exciting final. The match was won with a last minute penalty converted by George Mutch in extra time. In contrast, the 2005 final between Manchester United and Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium attracted a global audience of over 480 million. Arsenal won that contest on penalties. The growth in FA Cup betting markets mirror the increase in television viewing of the tournament.
In 2010, another factor to consider for anyone who was contemplating FA Cup betting on the final, was the state of the pitch. Since 1923, the FA Cup Final has been mostly held at Wembley. Chelsea's semi final match against Aston Villa in April 2010 at Wembley was spoiled by the quality of the turf. Players of both teams found themselves hitting the deck with alarming frequency at the beginning of the game as the surface did not seem to be adequate for such a high quality match.
The experts claimed that Chelsea's fluid style of football was particularly negatively affected by the condition of the ground. Aston Villa's valiant performance (they had lost 7-1 to the Premier League leaders a fortnight previously) also provided a contributory factor when it came to cramping Chelsea's style. It was midway through the second half before Didier Drogba managed to score. Late goals from Chelsea's Malouda and Lampard provided a 3-0 score line that flattered both the quality of the match and Chelsea's level of dominance within it.
In April 2009, both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson criticised the playing surface at Wembley after their respective teams lost semi final matches at the ground. Sir Alex even kept some of his most experienced players off the pitch because he was so concerned about the risks of gaining unnecessary injuries. That decision may have cost Manchester United their FA Cup final place as they lost the game in a penalty shoot out to Everton.
The pitch at Wembley was re-laid for the tenth time in just three years after England's friendly match against Egypt in March 2010. In April 2010, the cognoscenti were calling loudly to anyone who would listen for the pitch to be re-laid yet again before the May 2010 final.
From an FA Cup betting perspective, the serious money usually starts coming in at the third round. Televised matches are the online bookmakers' manna from heaven. If you want to make money from FA Cup betting, the best advice is, as usual, to look at the form and don't forget the 'top four' factor.