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FA Cup 2023 Betting Odds & Lines

The Emirates FA Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the world and is hotly contested every year by teams from all levels of the English football pyramid.

Here, we explain what you need to know about FA Cup football betting and introduce the different types of soccer bets that you can place at .

What is the FA Cup?

The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup, for short) is a domestic club competition competed by teams in the English Football League, Premier League, and Non-League. Teams qualify for the FA Cup on merit, and it’s England’s oldest cup competition with a long and rich history.

The FA Cup is played every season, culminating with a final at Wembley Stadium in May. Theoretically, any team from all levels of the football pyramid can reach the Wembley showcase. Still, the big boys – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, etc. - usually win through the rounds to compete for the prize at the end of the season.

When is the FA Cup 2023?

The FA Cup begins in August every year, with the first preliminary round of qualifiers. The first round proper always kicks off at the start of November, while the third round is usually at the beginning of January. The third round is the stage at which Premier League teams enter the competition. The 2023 FA Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 3 June.

History of the FA Cup

The first FA Cup was held in 1871-72, meaning that it’s the oldest club football competition found anywhere in the world, not just in the UK.

Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 in the first-ever FA Cup final, and the competition has gone from strength to strength in the years since.

Arsenal are the most successful team in FA Cup history, with 14 titles. Manchester United are close behind with 12 triumphs, while Chelsea and Spurs both have eight wins.

To this day, the FA Cup is the last English football season competition and is a grand spectacle in the English football calendar. Many fans talk of the magic of the FA Cup, and it’s undoubtedly one of the most loved tournaments in European soccer.

Which Teams Play in the FA Cup 2023?

Teams from any level of the English football pyramid can qualify for the FA Cup, meaning that it can be competed by amateur, semi-professional, and professional teams alike.

Premier League teams don’t enter the tournament until the third round proper. In contrast, amateur teams are required to play several preliminary qualifying rounds for their chance to make it into the tournament proper.

In 2023, unfancied Grimsby Town made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals, losing out to Brighton after beating Luton and Southampton in previous rounds.

Format & Schedule of the FA Cup 2023

FA Cup qualifying began in August 2022, while the first round proper kicked off in November, just before the World Cup. Premier League sides entered the tournament in round three in January, and the final is scheduled for Saturday, 3 June 2023, slightly later than usual because of the King’s coronation in May.

How to Bet on the FA Cup & Football Bet Types

There are lots of different bets you can place on the FA Cup at, including the following:

  • 1x2: A straight-up bet on the team to win an FA Cup match – 1 being home, x being a tie, and 2 being away.

  • Draw no bet: A wager that sees your stake returned if the match ends in a tie.

  • Asian total: An Asian total is a type of handicap bet that allows you to bet on the total number of goals scored in an FA Cup tie. Learn more with our Asian totals guide .

  • Asian handicap: A handicap bet that allows you to bet on the outcome of an FA Cup tie, with a handicap applied to the favourite. Our handicap betting guide goes into more detail.

  • Double chance: You're betting on two outcomes in a double-chance FA Cup bet. For instance, you could bet on the draw and home win.

  • 1st goal: A bet on which player will score the first goal in an FA Cup tie.

  • Correct score: A wager on the final score of a tie.

  • Both teams to score: A bet on the fact that both teams score in an FA Cup tie.

  • Half-time/full-time: A bet on which team will be leading at half-time and which team will win the tie at full-time.

Live betting options for the FA Cup

As well as pre-match FA Cup bets, you can place various live bets on ties after the action has kicked off. There are many live football betting markets, and you can bet on things like the number of corners, cards, and fouls and which players you think will score.

Live betting is good fun and allows you to access a broader range of betting markets compared to pre-match selections. Read more about the differences between live betting and pre-match betting in our guide.

FA Cup betting Odds & Payouts

You will find the most competitive FA Cup betting odds at You can decide how the odds are displayed in your account, choosing from American, decimal or fractional.

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FA Cup Betting Tips, Picks & Strategies

If you’re new to FA Cup betting, here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Bear in mind that teams from all levels of the football pyramid compete in the FA Cup. So, you’re much more likely to see heavy favourites and massive underdogs. In games like this, a handicap bet is a good option.

  • You can bet on every round of the FA Cup, and you don’t need to wait until the latter stages. Betting on the early or even qualifying rounds of the Cup is great fun and offers good betting value.

  • Bet with your head and not your heart! If your team is playing in an FA Cup fixture, it’s a good idea to bet elsewhere, as you don’t want your passion to cloud your judgement.

You now know everything you need to start betting on the oldest competition in the history of football.

Best of luck with your FA Cup sports betting strategy as you place wagers on your favourite sports at . You can also refer to our sports betting guide and other helpful sports betting blogs to help you prepare your FA Cup betting slip.