FA Cup final Betting Preview

The FA Cup is an all-London affair this Saturday, as Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the competition’s final at Wembley Stadium. With the Premier League season complete, and a gap until Champions League fixtures resume, all eyes are focussed on this showdown for silverware!

Join us as we dive into the recent form of the teams and provide you with some exciting FA Cup final betting options ahead of the last big game in English domestic football.


A 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend signalled the end of a difficult season for the Gunners which was overseen by no less than three managers and resulted in a disappointing finish in eighth place. Current manager Mikel Arteta was appointed on 20 December after a series of unsatisfactory results that had led to the dismissal of Unai Emery and club-legend Freddie Ljungberg. Since the arrival of Arteta, the north London club has undergone a cultural and mental shift which has prompted better results against the big hitters in the league and a run to the FA Cup final.

Having beaten the previous FA Cup winners Manchester City in the semi-finals, as well as the champions of England in the same week, Arsenal have begun looking like a cohesive unit having been branded shaky and lacking unity earlier in the season.

Their last result against Chelsea in the Premier League is an indicator towards the renewed sense of optimism around the Emirates Stadium. After going a man down, the Gunners found it within themselves to level the score twice, ending the match with a point both proved and attained as the game finished 2-2.

With regards to injuries, the Arsenal backline looks to have been weakened further as things have gone from bad to worse. Shkodran Mustafi joins both Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the side-lines after a “really nasty injury” left the German ruled out for the final fixture of the season.

Arsenal fans will go into the fixture hopeful that their strike force – consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Golden Boot runner-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – can fire them to a historic result this Saturday.


Initially viewed as a season of restructuring and blooding young players into the English game, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have subverted all expectations, finishing only one place lower than last season and qualifying for the Champions League in the process.

Things were never going to be easy for the Blues after their transfer ban was upheld last summer. Following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, club-legend Frank Lampard was tasked with galvanising veteran and rookie Chelsea players into a feasible Premier League squad.

Quickly establishing himself as a more than capable hand, Lampard has seen his side through a thrilling FA Cup run, beating the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool on their way to Wembley. Winning eight out of their last 11 games since the restart, Chelsea now take on London-rivals Arsenal on 1 August for their third final against the Gunners in just four years.

Despite a topsy-turvy season, Arsenal will present a threat. The Gunners have a storied history in the FA Cup, having won the competition more times than any other club (13). Chelsea fans will hope that Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, together with the raw talent of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, can make the difference, as doubts around the availability of Willian, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic persist.


The 10-point gap between the teams in the Premier League table has led Chelsea to emerge as favourites, at 13/11 (2.18) to win the game within 90 minutes, while Arsenal are calculated at 47/20 (3.35) to claim their 14th FA Cup.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Arsenal top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 5/4 (2.25), to score anytime for the Gunners during the final while the odds of Olivier Giroud scoring against his previous club are measured at 7/4 (2.75).

Both sides have found the back of the net in five out of their last six encounters, including a UEFA Europa League final, so why not bet on both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70)?


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Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup Final Betting Preview

On Saturday at 5pm, Manchester City seek a historic FA Cup Final victory over Watford that would make them the first team in history to secure a domestic treble comprising FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League. 

It was a title race for the ages. A heavyweight battle that saw Manchester City and Liverpool push each other all the way to the final game of the league season. Ultimately, City would prevail, becoming the first side to win back-to-back league titles since 2009 and finishing the season with a scintillating run of 14 victories in a row. Having defeated Chelsea on penalties in the EFL Cup Final back in February, the FA Cup Final is the last remaining hurdle in the pursuit of a historic domestic treble.

Manchester City

At this point, it feels like stating the obvious when making the case that this Manchester City team may very well be the best side of the Premier League era. Having posted a record-breaking 100 points in 2017/18, City followed it up with a 98-point season that left Liverpool behind them, with the highest ever points total for a 2nd placed team. Champions League aside, they have been all-conquering.

For City, progress through the FA Cup has been more sedate than their league campaign. Five-time winners of the FA Cup, last lifting the trophy in 2011, City have eliminated Rotherham, Burnley, Newport, Swansea and Brighton en-route to reaching this year’s final. Whilst a Champions League victory represents the ultimate goal for Manchester City, becoming the first team to ever complete a domestic treble will surely go some way to softening the blow of once again coming up short in European competition.


Watford reached their first final since 1984 having progressed from arguably the tie of the tournament. With a little over 12 minutes left of the 90, Watford looked dead and buried, 2-0 down to Wolves in the semi-final. Enter Gerard Deulofeu; the former Barcelona man giving the Hornets a sniff at a comeback with an impudent curling shot in the 78th minute. Extra-time was brought about from the penalty spot, when Troy Deeney smashed home an equaliser, before glory – and one of the greatest FA Cup comebacks of all time – was delivered when Deulofeu slotted home in extra-time.

Watford have had a good season, finishing three positions higher and nine points better off than the previous season. However, they will likely enter this game feeling that they could have achieved more in the league. Finishing the season with three losses in a row meant that Watford finished in the bottom half of the table in Javi Gracia’s first full season in charge.


Manchester City are overwhelming favourites for victory against Watford at 5/22 (1.23). Despite their fairy-tale comeback in the semi-final, Watford are firm outsiders at 10/1 (11.00) to lift the trophy.

Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Manchester City have been unstoppable in domestic competition over the past months, having won 18 fixtures in a row in the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup. Watford meanwhile have lost three in a row and suffered defeat twice at the hands of The Citizens this season. We, therefore, cannot see anything other than a City win.

Of note, in both games against Manchester City in the league, Watford were able to get on the scoresheet while losing, with semi-final hero Gerard Deulofeu bagging a goal in the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad. We can see Watford grabbing a goal again, so back Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 9/5 (2.80).*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Nottingham Forest stun FA Cup holders

Wenger watches from the stands as Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup. The Frenchman picked an under-strength side to face Nottingham forest at the City ground and was well punished as a result. Forest who themselves fielded six players under 23 out-gunned Arsenal in every department.

The game was one of the most exciting of the 3rd round and provided almost every possible scenario that a real cup tie can. Two penalties, a sending off, disputed penalties and lots and lots of goals. Forest though were the team that wanted it most and their application, endeavour and skill saw them run out 4-2 winners.


Stoke sack Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes’ reign at the Potteries came to an end this week after Stoke City lost in the 3rd round to League two side Coventry City. A good cup run may have seen Hughes hold on to his job, but defeat was too much for the Stoke City board to take and he was asked to leave shortly afterwards.

Coventry City currently stand 3rd in League 2 and are undergoing a period of stabilisation following some well documented problems in recent years can now look forward to the 4th round draw with confidence following their 2-1 win.


Millwall march on to FA Cup 4th round with impressive display at the Den

Championship side Millwall’s superb home form continues with a 4-1 win over Barnsley. Two goals from fan favourite Aiden O’Brien, and further goals from Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma, saw the Lions breeze into the next round despite going 1-0 down after only eleven minutes.

Barnsley also had a man sent off early in the second half but in truth the game was already beyond their reach. Another fantastic display from O’Brien set the home fans singing despite the low turnout. Only 5000 or so fans turned up at the Den to witness one of Millwall’s finest displays of the season. Millwall’s next home game is on Saturday against Preston North End who are six places above them in the league. However, on current form who would bet against the Lions playing in front of their own fans right now.

Millwall 14/9 v Preston North End 9/5 £20 stake on Millwall to win returns £51


Wolves earn replay against bottom of the table Swansea

Wolve who made up one quarter of our 3rd round FA Cup acca, failed to defeat Swansea but still have another chance to progress. The game finished in deadlock, but the Midlands club have earned a trip to Wales where they could still surprise the Premier League side.


3rd round FA Cup shocks

In other 3rd round news. Chelsea could only manage a 0-0 draw against Norwich and must now play the Championship club again at Stamford Bridge. Aston villa suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat to Peterborough United. Milton Keynes dons prevailed 1-0 against QPR. Newport County eleventh in league 2 had a narrow 1-0 victory over the mighty Leeds United, currently sixth in the Championship.

3rd round of the FA Cup

Millwall play Barnsley at home in a 3rd round FA cup tie that is of special significance to EnergyBet. Manager, Neil Harris can be pleased with his team’s home form in recent weeks. Millwall have won seven and drawn three of their thirteen home games this season. They will be hoping to continue this trend in their home tie against Barnsley who are just four places below them in the league. COYL!

Top of the Championship versus bottom of the Premier League

Championship leaders, Wolves take on bottom of the EPL Swansea City in an intriguing encounter. Wolves have been impressive all season and are nine points clear at the top of the league having scored a ton of goals. Swansea on the other hand having score just thirteen goals during this campaign may struggle at the Molineux.

Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa entertain League 1’s Peterborough United

Steve Bruce may be wondering what he must do to please the Villa fans. Villa are currently fifth in the Championship just three points from the team above and have a home tie against a team one division below them. A good cup run could well get some of the ‘Bruce out’ brigade on his side. A healthy turn out is expected at Villa Park as Villa are 4/7 favourites to progress.

Leicester City should be too strong for Fleetwood Town

Leicester travel to Lancashire to take on Fleetwood Town. Fleetwood who are mid table in League 1 are probably happy just to have drawn a Premier League team to excite their fans. Leicester have returned to something approaching title winning form in climbing back to eighth and should not really be troubled by the seaside club.

All the above teams are all included in our 3rd round weekend acca. Leicester City, Aston Villa, Wolves and Millwall all to win. £20 stake returns £199.50

Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1 (after extra time)

Arsene Wenger, the man harangued so many times this season proved his critics wrong as he pulled a masterstroke to beat a harassed City who didn’t have luck on their side and looked confused by Wenger’s forward thinking 3-5-1-1 formation. Continue reading “Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1 (after extra time)”

Chelsea Beat Spurs In Cracker

Even Jacob’s couldn’t make a better cracker than the first FA Cup semi final on Saturday as Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 in a thrilling game from the off as Hazard and Matic won the game for the Blues.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte changed the team line up with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench, obviously looking ahead to Tuesday’s crucial Premier League game with Southampton.

In came Willian and a very rare start for Belgian outcast Michy Batshuayi which was a surprise as Tottenham had been in scintillating form and were high on confidence after closing to within just four points of their London rivals in the Premier League title race.

Willian had a superb match but Batshuayi was almost non existent and may have sealed his fate for next season with this lacklustre performance.

The game got off to a rip roaring start as Willian gave Chelsea the lead with a wonderful free kick after only five minutes.

Harry Kane levelled for Spurs with an instinctive stooping header from way low down and was a lovely equaliser as it slipped into Chelsea’s right hand corner of the net.

Son Heung-min went in to harshly in the box and was penalised for a foul on Victor Moses and up came Willian to put Conte’s side back in front from the penalty spot just before the break as he despatched the ball into the Spurs net with relative ease.

A stunning first half full of good football and talking points and the second half wasn’t a let down either. Spurs seemed to have the momentum after Dele Alli converted Christian Eriksen’s brilliant pass seven minutes after half-time. Eriksen split the Chelsea defence and Alli took the shot instinctively to make the game all square at two goals apiece.

On 60 minutes Conte made a fantastic double substitution as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard came on and the excellent Willian made way along with the out of his depth Batshuayi.

Hazard drove powerfully past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes and Nemanja Matic set up an appearance alongside Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27th with a spectacular drive five minutes later. A great move finished off by a rare Matic pile driver from 25 yards. A goal good enough to win any game and it did in this case.

Spurs didn’t do too much wrong to be frank and Eriksen, Alli and Kane all had belters of a game but Chelsea were too strong in the end as David Luiz had an excellent match and deserved man of the match which went to the equally superb Matic instead. Willian was brilliant and Nathan Ake looked good in a 3 man Chelsea defence.

Conte has every right to accept the plaudits as Chelsea won a magnificent game of football to reach the final. Conte used Hazard and Costa at a crucial point of the game, with Spurs in the ascendancy and looking the more assertive side after Alli had equalised for the second time.

Hazard, a scourge of Spurs having scored the goal that effectively ended their title chances last season, was involved in what turned out to be the defining moment 15 minutes after coming on, hitting a low drive that gave Chelsea a lead they would not surrender.

Like many teams playing against Chelsea this season in their 3-5-2 formation Mauricio Pochettino dealt a change in the cards but did not enjoy such success with his tactical tweaks, especially the decision to play Son as a left wing-back. With the eagerness spilling over Son provided the penalty that gave Chelsea the all important second goal from the spot.

Spurs are not finding Wembley a happy hunting ground since beating Chelsea 2-1 to lift the League Cup in 2008. They have played at Wembley nine times – winning once, losing six times and drawing once before the defeat against Chelsea this weekend.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was jubilant after the game: “I am proud for this achievement. It is great for the players for me. This is my first season in England and it is great to fight for the title and reach the final of the FA Cup, a great competition. During the season there is a moment as a coach you must take a strong decision. You have to take a risk. If you win the plan worked, if you don’t the responsibility is on you. I think today our plan worked very well.”

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was buoyant in defeat: “I feel proud. We were fantastic in the way we played and in our philosophy. They had five shots and scored four goals and we score only two. The penalty for me was a soft penalty or was not a penalty.”

“Only now we can look forward. We are four points behind them and we will try to win our next game. I am not worried. The team is strong; we are focused. We were competing today with one of the best teams in Europe. Did we deserve more? Sure, but that is football.”

For Chelsea this match will have been a major confidence booster for the rest of the league season as probably of late they have felt Tottenham breathing heavily down their necks in the Premier League. They have seen an 11 point lead dwindle to just four points and looked totally out of sorts in the league defeat to Manchester United last weekend whilst Spurs just can’t stop winning in the league with Kane and Alli magnificent. So a major shot in the arm for the Blues and major disappointment for the Spurs.



The O’s target FA Cup reprieve in Sheffield

The Emirates FA Cup gets underway this weekend, with the O’s making the trip to League One promotion hopefuls Sheffield United. The Blades are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches, with eight wins, 24 goals scored and just 11 conceded.

By contrast, we slipped into the League Two relegation zone after a lacklustre performance in a 2-0 defeat at home to Crewe. In truth, the final scoreline could have been worse, as Tom Parkes cleared Alex Kiwomya’s shot off the line and Alex Cisak made a great save in added time.

After struggling to defend corners in the early part of the season, we found a solution to this against Crewe by not giving any away. Unfortunately, we keep found new ways to concede instead, so don’t expect a goalless draw this weekend.

Whilst it is hard to build much of a case for an Orient victory on Sunday, we must hope that the players are invigorated by the famous competition. A repeat of our run to the semi-finals in 1978 is unlikely, but a cup run of sorts would be a boost to the fans and the club finances, especially given our perilous current league position. The O’s are priced at 6.90 on EnergyBet to claim a shock away victory.

Our chances of securing an upset will be increased if Sheffield United choose to prioritise their promotion quest. Manager Chris Wilder bemoaned a growing injury list after their last game against MK Dons, and could give a few players time off before their next league outing at Chesterfield. Wilder has confirmed that strikers Matt Done and Leon Clarke will not be in contention for the match at Bramall Lane.

However, they will have a League One Player of the Month nominee for October available to lead the line. Billy Sharp has recorded a goal for every 128 minutes of league action this season. If we are going to challenge a ‘Sharp’ set of Blades, the goals are more likely to come in the second half, with our last six league goals coming after the break.

EnergyBet Match Odds:

Sheffield United 1.34 | Draw 4.15 | Leyton Orient 6.90

EnergyBet Expects:

  • Leyton Orient to score in the second half @ 2.60

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