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Experience the magic of the oldest national football competition in the world: the FA Cup. The illustrious knockout tournament has been a fixture on the English football calendar since 1871.
Our experts bring you accurate match and score predictions from each round of England’s favourite cup competition.
Which lower-league minnows will fire their way into the history books?
Will a Sunday side claim the scalp of a Premier League giant?
Or will one of the tournament favourites reign supreme once again?
Our in-house tipsters analyse all the stats and facts – from league form to fixture congestion – to create a range of FA Cup tips and best bets ahead of each cup fixture.
Free FA Cup betting tips
There are plenty of FA Cup bets to be placed throughout the competition. We provide a broad range of football predictions ahead of the main rounds of the competition – including the early stages.
We’ll post our FA Cup accumulators on this page, where our experts pick out and combine their favourite bets. We’ll also publish as many match previews as possible, including stats, head-to-head records and our carefully selected correct score predictions and FA Cup best bets.
Which are the best FA Cup bets to place?
On top of our match analysis, for each round you’ll find a wide range of bets – such as accumulators and BTTS tips – in our betting previews. Published ahead of the match, they consider all the team news, head-to-head stats and form of each side.
There are a huge variety of wagers available for every FA Cup match – especially in the early rounds the competition, which is great for acca tips and both teams to score bets. Later on, when the bigger teams tend to go up against each other, you’ll find FA Cup tips on our daily tips pages – including anytime goalscorer tips and total corners bets.
When does the FA Cup start?
The FA Cup takes place in stages, with the preliminary rounds happening in early August. This is for teams that do not compete in the English Football League. There are two preliminary rounds and four qualifying rounds before the first round takes place in November.
The first round proper is when Football League teams from Leagues One and Two enter the competition, before Championship and Premier League clubs enter in the third round. From there, every team is five wins away from lifting the trophy.
History of the FA Cup
The FA Cup is football’s longest-running national competition, first kicking off on 11 November 1871.
The first final took place at Kennington Oval on 16 March 1872, between Royal Engineers and Wanderers FC. The Wanderers ran out victorious and would do so a further four times over the next seven years.
English football went professional in 1885 and by then, many of the teams we recognise today were beginning to find success. Though the leagues provided football throughout the year, the FA Cup final was still the highlight of the season – signalling the start of the English summer. In 1923, the final found a permanent home at the newly built Empire Stadium, tucked away in a corner of London – Wembley.
The FA Cup was originally intended as a means of bringing together teams from across the north-south divide. These days, Sunday sides hope to join a select few in making a surprise run to the competition’s latter stages, while national giants remain keen to add to their growing trophy cabinets.
The knockout competition has gifted fans many golden moments over the years – heart-stopping and heart-breaking, memorable and magical. Though the tournament may lack the clout it once had, the FA Cup is still a jewel in English football’s crown and marks the culmination of the league season.
2021/2022 FA Cup factfile
- Country: England
- Founded: 1971
- Reigning Champions: Leicester City
- Most Titles: Arsenal (14 titles)
- 2021/2022 dates: 6th November 2021 – 14 May 2022
- Website: www.thefa.com/competitions/thefacup/