FA Cup 2014
The wide open market of 2013/14 FA Cup betting is on again, with the usual suspects heading up the field. Naturally for some punters, this will be a lot harder to predict than the winner of the Premier League, despite the same teams being at the front of the competition. That comes for the unpredictability of the draw itself, where big guns can eliminate others. But on the flip side of that there, it is a far more profitable outright winner market than the Premier League outright, if you can make that winning selection. So where to lean towards for 2013/14 FA Cup betting?
The starting point is not going to take punters too far beyond the big six in English football. That is Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. They do realistically present the best chance of pulling out a win, but again the value is there to see for all, with Tottenham as far out as 12/1, with last season’s losing finalists Man City trading around 6/1 before a single ball gets kicked in anger.
Chelsea are the favourites in FA Cup 2013/14 FA Cup betting and that is because they have proven themselves to be a fantastic cup side. The Blues have won four of the last seven FA Cups, and went all the way to the semi finals last term. They will have Jose Mourinho back at the helm for their next assault on the famous old trophy, the Special One winning it for the club back in 2007. With recent successes on top in the Champions League and the Europa League, there is a great aura about the Blues when it comes to cup football and that will keep them at the front as many people’s favourites.
Behind them, there will naturally be challenges expected to come from Man City and Man United. The Citizens have reached two of the last three finals, winning one and then being upset at Wembley in 2013 by underdogs Wigan. But perhaps they are just starting to piece together a strong FA Cup ethic and form, which will make them contenders again. United will be taking on a new identity this term under boss David Moyes, who took former club Everton to the 2009 final, where they lost to Chelsea. The last time that Manchester United got their hands on the FA Cup was in 2004, losing in their two other appearances following that. It has been a long wait for the Red Devils to taste FA glory again.
With Arsenal not winning since 2005, Liverpool not since 2006 and Tottenham’s last win coming all the way back in 1991, they all have a drought to break as well. But still, given their status in the English game, will take some backing at value. But just occasionally the big guns don’t get things all their own way. In the last eighteen editions of the FA Cup, either Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool or Man United have won on sixteen of those occasions. The two exceptions were Portsmouth back in 2008 and Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League the same season, in 2013.