The FA Cup — an annual knockout competition in domestic English soccer organized by The Football Association — is the oldest association soccer tournament in the world. All 92 professional teams in the Premier League and Football League (Divisions 1 through 4) are eligible to compete in the tournament. Two clubs have played a dominatant role in FA Cup history — Manchester United and Arsenal, who both have a record 12 championships apiece. Manchester United won the 2015-16 trophy after defeating Crystal Palace 2-1.
Arsenal won the two previous FA Cups with victories over Hull City in 2013-14 and Aston Villa in 2014-15. The Red Devils and the Gunners also hold the joint record for most FA Cup final appearances with 19.
You have to go back to the 1800s to find the last teams to win three consecutive FA Cup titles. Wanderers (1876-1878) and Blackburn Rovers (1884-1886) are the only two clubs to win three straight years. The 2016-17 tournament will feature a total of 18 clubs making their FA Cup debut — including Hereford FC, Haughmond and Coventry.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba holds the record for most finals scored in, recording a goal in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Billy Townley (Blackburn Rovers), James Logan (Notts County) and Stan Mortensen hold the record for most goals scored in one final with three tallies.
Be sure to keep track of the FA Cup schedule on a regular basis for upcoming matches and up-to-date live odds for all your betting needs.
The extra preliminary round gets underway on Aug. 6 with more than 180 matches on tap. The real action begins in January when Level 1 and 2 clubs face off for a chance to compete in the championship game in May.
It’s important to keep track of where your team and its next opponent sit in the standings before making your bet.
With more than 700 entrants in this year’s The FA Cup, the tournament brings out the best in England’s top teams. It’s a coveted trophy that all clubs want to get their hands on. But when the tournament gets rolling next month, expect the usual suspects to top the standings.
When breaking down this year’s FA Cup favorites, the three heavily favoried clubs are Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Manchester United, the reigning champions, will be looking to win its record 20th FA Cup crown when the preliminary rounds get underway next month.
“It’s a special moment,” Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney told the FA Cup’s official website about winning the tournament last year. “It’s a competition I loved watching as a fan growing up.”
Bet365.com puts the Red Devils at +700 to successfully defend their title. While ManU have a strong chance of winning it all, they’re not the odds-on favorites.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea share that honor as +600 favorites, according to the online sportsbook. Manchester City won its last title in 2010 after narrowly defeating Stoke City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea has been a powerhouse when it comes to FA Cup competition, winning back-to-back crowns in 2009 and 2010 before capturing another title in 2012.
There are other teams to keep an eye on when the FA Cup begins. Arsenal, which finished second in the Premier League last season, are pegged at +900 to win a record 20th FA Cup. Liverpool is another team to watch at +900 along with Tottenham +1200.
Defending Premier League champs Leicester City have never won an FA Cup but have finished runners up on four occasions — a tournament record for the most defeats in the final without having won the competition. Despite their history at the tournament, they are Premier League champions and have to be considered a contender at +2000.
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