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FA Cup Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

The magic of the FA Cup may be a little clichéd, but you try telling that to the vast host of contenders in this year’s competition!

This hero to zero and Roy of the Rovers sentiment oozes from every pore of football’s oldest national competition in the world, and we at Odds Manager can’t get enough.

Will we see a new name on the historic trophy in May 2021, or will one of the usual suspects walk up those Wembley steps?


Here are all the latest odds for the upcoming matches in the FA Cup.

Click on any odds to add it to your betslip or click on a fixture to see a comparison of odds from all the top bookies.

Who Are The Main Contenders For The FA Cup This Season?

In a season like no other we may be primed for a shock in this season’s FA Cup. Still, the “big boys” of the Premier League will still be favoured to reach the final in May, and these four certainly can’t be ignored:

  • Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have won just about everything over the past few seasons, apart from the FA Cup. The Reds haven’t had their hands on the infamous trophy since 2006 and will be looking to right these wrongs this campaign.
  • Manchester City – City last won the FA Cup in 2019 in a demolition job over Watford via a 6-0 scoreline. Pep Guardiola’s side has become predictably unpredictable, but have the squad depth and talent to waltz towards another final at the very least.
  • Chelsea – Frank Lampard has continued to impress since his arrival as Chelsea boss but will want a trophy to show for it. The FA Cup has been kind to Chelsea in recent years with the “Blues” winning five of the last 14 on offer and were beaten finalists last year.
  • Manchester United – Much like Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a trophy to underline his work at Old Trafford. The “Red Devils” have become a feared side on the counter-attack and Solskjaer has a knack of navigating tricky assignments. 

FA Cup Odds – What To Bet On

There are plenty of betting markets for you to get your teeth stuck into during this season’s FA Cup. Renowned for ‘cupsets’ and ‘David vs Goliath’ ties, you might not have to look too hard to find some cracking prices that agree with your hunch!

Here are some of the most popular markets to have a flutter on in FA Cup betting:

  • FA Cup winner – this one is cut and dry. Who is going to win the competition? You can usually get some tasty odds on the big sides before they have entered the fray in the 3rd round. 
  • Name the finalists – this one is a bit of a punt considering there is an open draw for the FA Cup, but if you have a hunch then go for it! Who will the last two sides standing be?
  • To reach the quarter-finals – there is always a surprise package that reaches the last eight. Why not back your local side to weave their way through a favourable draw!
  • First goalscorer – first goalscorer markets are extremely popular. Who do you think will score the first goal of the match?
  • Over/under 2.5 goals – will there be more or fewer goals than 2.5 in the match? This market has grown in popularity over the years.
  • Will the match go to extra-time/penalties? – make use of this market in a cup competition. If the sides are even towards the end of normal time, a lot of managers settle for an extra 30 minutes. 

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Key Dates For The 2020-21 FA Cup

  • Third round: January 9, 2021
  • Fourth round: January 23, 2021
  • Fifth round: February 10, 2021
  • Quarter-finals: March 20, 2021
  • Semi-finals: April 17, 2021
  • Final: May 15, 2021

How Will The COVID-19 Pandemic Impact The 2021-21 FA Cup?

The key question surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the FA Cup is that of a fan presence inside stadiums. 

We’ve seen a slow opening of football stadiums in England at the end of 2020 with a max of 2,000 fans allowed in, but whether these numbers will increase or decrease next year is yet to be known.

We’ve already seen the impact that empty stadiums have on matches. Away teams have been fairing a lot better than previously, with the dreaded ‘tricky away tie’ in the FA Cup maybe a thing of the past for one season?

Other than that, don’t expect there to be any less drama in this year’s competition!

A Brief History Of The FA Cup

The first FA Cup final was contested in 1872 between Wanderers and Royal Engineers inside South London’s Kennington Oval. Wanderers won the tie 1-0 and would go on to win five of the next eight until sides like Ole Etonians, Clapham Rovers and Old Carthusians began sharing the prize.

Blackburn Rovers were the first ‘still recognised’ side to win in it in 1884, defending their crown for three years running!

Wembley Stadium hosted it’s very first final in 1923 as Bolton Wanderers swept aside West Ham United. The national stadium hosted all following finals until 2001 when Wales’ Millenium Stadium took over whilst the new Wembley Stadium was built in time for the 2007 final between Chelsea and Manchester United. 

Arsenal are the most decorated club in the history of the FA Cup winning it 14 times, with Manchester United on 12 and Chelsea and Tottenham winning 8. Everton and Manchester United share the most runners-up medals with 8 each and Leicester City hold the unpopular title of reaching four finals without ever winning one.

There have been 43 winners of the FA Cup over 139 finals – will a new name be added in 2021?

What Happened Last Year?

Last year’s FA Cup concluded on August 1, 2020 following the shutdown of the football season throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mikel Arteta picked up his first trophy as Arsenal manager by beating Chelsea 2-1 inside an empty Wembley Stadium, with two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealing the win.

Arsenal’s run to the final was impressive. The North Londoners knocked out Leeds United, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Manchester City en route to Wembley. 

FA Cup - FAQ

BBC, BT Sport, and ITV all share coverage of the FA Cup.

Yes. A majority of bookmakers will be offering in-play betting on the 2020-21 FA Cup.

May 15, 2021

bet365 and 888sport offer some of the best and most competitive prices and markets for the FA Cup.