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2023-24 FA Cup Picks & Predictions – Who Will Win the FA Cup?

The FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world, first played in the 1871-72 season. Over the years, football (or soccer) has changed a lot, but the FA Cup remains one of the most prestigious and sought after trophies.

What makes the FA Cup so special is that every club within the first nine levels of English football is eligible to take part. That means that there are over 700 clubs entering the competition and smaller clubs have an opportunity to play against some of the biggest teams in the country.

The winner of the FA Cup qualifies to play in the next season of the Europa League. They’ll also play in the Community Shield match against the league winners before the start of the new season. In this article, you’ll learn more about the 2023-24 FA Cup including top picks and predictions for upcoming games.

2023-24 FA Cup Schedule, Key Dates & Overview

As it contains more than 700 teams, the FA Cup features a huge number of fixtures. The Premier League teams don’t enter the competition until the third round in January. However, the competition begins in August each season.

Here’s the full schedule of the 2023-24 FA Cup:

  • Extra Preliminary Round – Saturday 5th of August 2023

  • Preliminary Round – Saturday 19th of August 2023

  • First Round Qualifying – Saturday 2nd of September 2023

  • Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 16 September 2023

  • Third Round Qualifying - Saturday 30 September 2023

  • Fourth Round Qualifying - Saturday 14 October 2023

  • First Round Proper - Saturday 4 November 2023

  • Second Round Proper - Saturday 2 December 2023

  • Third Round Proper - Saturday 6 January 2024

  • Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 27 January 2024

  • Fifth Round Proper - Wednesday 28 February 2024

  • Quarter-finals - Saturday 16 March 2024

  • Semi-finals - Saturday 20 April 2024

  • The Final - Saturday 25 May 2024

Where & When is the FA Cup Final?

The FA Cup Final is traditionally held in Wembley Stadium. This season, the final will take place at Wembley on Saturday, the 25th of May 2024. Tickets are already on sale, although fans won’t know which teams will be in with a chance to lift the trophy until the results of the semi-finals in April.

FA Cup Picks & Predictions

The FA Cup is the second most prestigious competition in English football after the Premier League, and winning it is a big deal for clubs. Not only does it give fans bragging rights over their rivals, but winners of the competition now have a direct entry into European football.

Arsenal were one of the bigger teams to be knocked out last round, losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool. Despite having won the competition more than any other club in history, Arsenal fans will need to wait until next time before they can have another chance of lifting the trophy.

Cupsets

While a lot of the smaller clubs have been sent home, there are still some remaining teams from League one, League two and below. Maidstone United are the lowest-ranked club left in the competition. The National League South side beat Stevenage in the third round and will be hoping to secure an even bigger match when they go away to Ipswich Town in the next round.

There have been a lot of “cupsets” over the years, where a small club has beaten a big side after progressing through the qualifying rounds. Anything can happen in the FA Cup, which is why it’s one of the most popular soccer competitions among fans. It also makes it unpredictable when picking a winner.

Choosing Your FA Cup Bets

When picking which team you think will win, you can’t just look at the relative size of the two clubs. Smaller clubs will often give everything they have to win, while larger clubs usually focus on league games and rest key players. Consider the team sheets and schedules of the teams before you make your bet.

Favorites & Picks to Win

Typically, bigger teams win the Cup. However, underdogs can cause surprises from time to time. Wigan beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final back in 2013. Although there are clear favorites, it can be fun to bet on the outsiders too.

Here are the current favorites to win the FA Cup in 2024:

Manchester City

The current holders of the Cup and the clear favorites. Manchester City have won the competition seven times, with their win over Stoke City in 2011 ending a 35 year trophy drought. Their next fixture is a tough one against Tottenham Hotspur but they’ll be boosted by the fact that Kevin De Bruyne is back.

Liverpool

Liverpool got past Arsenal in the previous round and took over as second-favorites to win the competition. They have one of the best squads in English football right now, and when their forward line is firing on all cylinders they can beat any team in the world.

Manchester United

Manchester United haven’t looked great this season, but they’re still getting results when it matters and have an easy fixture in the next round. If they continue getting favorable draws, they could easily be a contender.

Chelsea

Chelseas are having a very strange season. They’re struggling for form in the league and have dropped to mid table despite the significant investment to their squad. It would be a shock if they won the FA Cup but this is a club that always seems to thrive when things are going wrong.

Who Will Win the FA Cup Final in 2024?

With the third round of the competition now underway, a lot of the smaller teams have been eliminated, along with some of the biggest clubs in English football.

As we approach the fourth round, the remaining teams left in the competition are:

  • Watford v Southampton

  • Blackburn Rovers v Wrexham

  • Bournemouth v Swansea City

  • West Brom v Brentford or Wolves

  • West Ham or Bristol City v Nottingham Forest or Blackpool

  • Leicester City v Hull City or Birmingham City

  • Sheffield Wednesday v Coventry City

  • Chelsea v Aston Villa

  • Ipswich Town v Maidstone United

  • Liverpool v Norwich City or Bristol Rovers

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

  • Leeds United v Plymouth Argyle

  • Crystal Palace or Everton v Luton Town or Bolton Wanderers

  • Newport County or Eastleigh v Manchester United

  • Sheffield United v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Fulham v Newcastle United

Based on the strength of the remaining teams, the final could easily be between Liverpool and Manchester City. City are the favorites, but it’s hard to rule out Jurgen Klopp’s team, especially if Salah returns from the Africa Cup of Nations in great form.

Surprise Contenders

Two clubs that shouldn’t be overlooked are Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. Aston Villa are doing surprisingly well in the league this season, pushing for the title and taking points off the top teams. They play Chelsea away next, which is a tough but winnable fixture for them.

Meanwhile, Spurs may have lost Harry Kane but they’ve been doing well under their new head coach. They won’t have their star man Son Heung-min in their fixture against Manchester City in the next round, but City have yet to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Football & Soccer Betting Tips, Odds & Preview

Before you start betting on soccer, it’s important to understand how it works and how to read the odds. You should also know a few things about how to get the most out of your bets. Read up on our betting tips below, or explore our soccer betting guide for more information.

FA Cup Betting Tips

  • Draws - Don’t forget about draws in the FA Cup. Before the fifth round, a draw will trigger a replay between the teams at a later date. The winner of the replay is then determined by extra time and then penalties if it ends in a draw. In some cases, the smaller club will play for a draw, as the replay can mean a big revenue boost for them.

  • Home advantage - The home team generally has the advantage, as they’ll be playing in front of their support. This is especially true for games between big clubs and lower league sides. Smaller stadiums can be really hard to play in, and the fans will always be up for it, making as much noise as possible and willing their team to win.

  • Team selection – The FA Cup team selections can vary a lot depending on the size of the club and how seriously they take the cup. Bigger teams generally take the competition very seriously, but will often still rest key players for the league. This can often lead to upsets, which is why it’s always important to check the team news before you bet.

  • Responsible betting - Make sure you’re always betting responsibly . This means not betting more than you can afford to lose, and not getting carried away. Keep your bet sizes reasonable and don’t chase losses. Take breaks if you’re no longer enjoying betting.

FA Cup Odds

The FA Cup odds tell you the likelihood of a team winning, and also how much you can win by betting on them.

Take the match between Bristol City and West Ham:

Bristol City are +300 while West Ham are -110.

This tells you that West Ham are the clear favorites, as they’re a Premier League team playing against a team in the Championship. It also reveals how much you’d potentially win betting on either side. You could win $300 if you bet $100 on Bristol City and they win. Meanwhile, you’d need to bet $110 on West Ham to potentially win $100.

Types of Bets & How to Bet on Football & Soccer

Betting on football is fairly easy but there are many different ways to bet. Here are some of the most popular bet types:

Match Odds

The simplest and most popular football betting option. This is a prediction of how you think the match will finish within the time limits. Think the home team will win? Then you bet on them. You can also choose to bet on the away team or a draw.

Over/Under Goals

For every game you can also bet on how many goals you think will be scored. Rather than betting on the exact number, it’s possible to bet on the over/under total . For example, if you bet on under 2.5 goals between Aston Villa and Chelsea, you’d be hoping that fewer than three goals are scored in the game.

Correct Score

The correct score betting market lets you predict what the score will be when the match ends. As there’s a lot of variance in results, this one is difficult to get right, but the odds are much higher than other markets. For example, you could predict that Manchester City vs Tottenham will finish 3-1 to Manchester City.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams to score is a fun betting option that lets you choose either yes or no. If you choose yes, you’ll be hoping both teams will score during the regulation time. If only one team or neither team scores, your bet will lose.

End of Season Bets/Futures

Aside from betting on individual FA Cup games, it’s also possible to bet on which team you think will win the competition. At any point during the season, you can find odds for most teams. Also known as outright bets , you simply choose the club you think has the best chance. As the rounds go by and teams get knocked out, the odds will shorten for the remaining clubs in the tournament.

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