2016-17 FA Cup Odds, And What You Need To Know
If you're not into English football, then you may not know much about the FA Cup, or the Football Association Challenge Cup. This is English football's answer to Western hockey and its Stanley cup. This knockout competition, the oldest of its kind in the world is most anticipated at its third round, where players from the Premier League as well as Championship teams enter the picture.
However, by the time of the third round, the FA Cup is in its advanced stage. Regardless, betting on this exciting event is a big deal for anyone with a good eye for upset. Of course, the boldest showing will likely come from the big players of the Premier League, as it's rare not to see a finals representation. But there is also reason to get romantic when you see that Millwall, Portstmouth, Cardiff and Southampton have all, in the last decade reached an FA Cup final.
How the FA Cup Is Run
Beginning in August, the FA Cup competition involves 4 qualifying rounds, and then 6 competition rounds. After that are the semi-finals and the final. In football history, only 8 teams who have played outside top level have won the FA Cup since it started in 1871. Cup matches are held mostly at Villa Park, the home of a whopping 54 semi-final games.
Ironically, although the FA Cup is the oldest of its kind in history, the actual Cup is not. That distinction goes to the Scottish Cup. And the FA Cup used today is not the original. It is the fourth. The first trophy, lovingly referred to as the 'little tin idol' was stolen and never returned. Many think it was melted down. In 1911, a newer and larger trophy was purchased. It still exists today, but is structurally weak. An exact replica was made, and this replica has been in use since 1992.
Betting On the FA Cup
One of the best things about betting on the FA cup is that bets can be placed on any game, and not just on the final cup winner. And with each match, there are several opportunities to place bets on its various aspects, including pre-match, and within-play football betting. This adds even more excitement to the FA Cup betting process.
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