2012-13 FA Cup Betting Preview

by Thomas on September 3, 2012

The FA Cup is the most famous domestic tournament in the world and it is steeped in history. All teams competing want to get their hands on the trophy.

The tournament is underway already with plenty of non-league teams taking part in the qualifying rounds.

However, it is in January where the competition really comes to life with the third round taking place and all of the Premier League sides are in the draw.

The third round draw is still one of the highlights for many in the season. You can see Manchester United travel to a team few people have heard of, or they could even go up against Manchester City. There are no seeded teams, so anyone can play each other.

As mentioned, the History in the FA Cup is huge. The Red Devils have lifted the famous trophy more times than any other with eleven victories in total, while Arsenal are just behind on ten.

Chelsea has been the team that dominated in recent years though with four final wins in the last six years, taking their total to seven. The Blues are the current holders of the FA Cup.

One of the most famous moments in recent times has to be the 2006 final between West Ham United and Liverpool, which the Reds won on penalties.

West Ham were leading the match 2-0 and then 3-2 before a stunning last minute equaliser from Steven Gerrard took the match to extra time – which gave Liverpool the momentum and in the end the victory.

Although there have been plenty of good finals since then, it has still yet to be beaten for drama, excitement and goals.

This could be the year though.

2012-2013 FA Cup Winner Preview

Odds for Top 25 Teams

TeamWinner Odds
Manchester City6.50
Manchester United8.00
Chelsea8.00
Arsenal10.00
Liverpool11.00
Tottenham12.00
Everton17.00
Newcastle21.00
Sunderland26.00
Stoke City41.00
Aston Villa51.00
Fulham51.00
West Brom51.00
QPR 67.00
Swansea67.00
Norwich81.00
Southampton81.00
Reading101.00
West Ham101.00
Wigan101.00
Leicester101.00
Wolverhampton101.00
Bolton126.00
Leeds151.00
Birmingham151.00

It is no surprise that the big Premier League teams are the front-runners to lift the trophy in May at Wembley.

Manchester City are the current favourites with odds of 6.50 (Betfred). The FA Cup in 2011 ended their trophy doubt as they beat Stoke City 1-0 and was the start of a great year or so for the club.

They are of course in Champions League action as well as this so it may not be their priority for the campaign but, as mentioned, this trophy is one that all teams want to get their hands on.

The Citizens also have a very big squad and can field a completely different starting eleven to what they usually would and still be strong enough to have the beating of most clubs.

Closely behind City are Manchester United, who haven’t won the FA Cup success since 2004 – something that Sir Alex Ferguson will want to change this time out.

United are in a very similar position to their bitter rivals with Champions League and Premier League remaining the priority.

After not winning a trophy of any kind last season though, Ferguson will want lots of silverware to be on display at Old Trafford this campaign. They have odds of 8.00 (BetVictor).

Then you have Chelsea, who are also being offered at 8.00 (Boylesports). The current holders used the FA Cup as a way to build momentum for their Champions League victory and also it was a way to save their season after a poor year in the Premier League.

When it comes to this tournament, the Blues are the ones to beat in recent years. This year though, they have to do it without their hero in the latter stages, Didier Drogba.

Arsenal cannot afford to take the FA Cup lightly. They have gone seven years without a trophy and need to win one this season.

Depending on who they draw in the third round, Arsene Wenger does like to play his younger players in the cups. If he wants to win this cup, then the senior players might have to feature.

There will not be many better chances than this and are one of the favourites at 10.00 (Bet365).

These four teams are the ones that are competing in the Champions League and the four main title contenders in the Premier League.

If they are off their game or slightly distracted, then the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are likely to take full advantage.

All three of these teams have been close in recent years, with defeats in semi-finals and finals and Liverpool were the last team out of these three to lift the trophy in 2006.

Brendan Rodgers men are at 11.00 (Paddy Power) as are Tottenham, who have not won the FA Cup since 1991.

Everton are then being offered at 17.00 (Sportingbet), along with Newcastle – who have not enjoyed much success in this tournament recently.

All of the other Premier League teams will have high hopes of a good cup run and are being offered from 26.00 -67.00 to win at Wembley next year.

As we have seen in the past, Championship sides are capable of reaching the final and Leicester are the front-runners from the second tier with odds of 101.00 (SkyBet) to upset all the odds.

2012-2013 FA Cup Leading Scorer

Betting sometimes goes out of the window somewhat in this market as any player can finish as the leading scorer.

Lower league players always have a chance of taking the award as they enter the tournament in the first round.

Last time out it was Jermaine Beckford of Leicester who scored six goals and took the golden boot.

However, if the favourites for the FA Cup play their main strikers then they are sure to be in contention and the likes of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Fernando Torres are the names many will be keeping an eye on.

It is also a chance for young strikers to prove themselves in the first-team so there could be a few names that are not recognised by many scoring plenty of goals and helping their team reach the latter stages of the famous tournament.

Andy Carroll was the highest Premier League scorer in the FA Cup last time out as he found the net four times.

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