FA Cup Winner 2021 Predictions and Betting Odds

FA Cup

  • The FA Cup is the oldest national soccer competition in the world
  • A total of 736 teams took part in this year’s tournament, including the qualifying rounds
  • Leicester City will take on Chelsea in the 2021 FA Cup final

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The FA Cup is the oldest national soccer competition in the world. Launched in 1871, it has been held on an annual basis ever since, save for enforced pauses during the two World Wars.

The FA Cup is a straight knockout tournament with an unseeded draw throughout. Clubs down to level 10 of the English soccer pyramid are able to enter, which means several hundred non-league teams take part in the same competition as the Premier League elite.

The FA Cup was once the biggest game in English soccer, but it now ranks behind the Premier League and the Champions League in terms of importance. However, the competition still retains some of its old prestige due to the FA Cup’s rich history.

Much of the magic of the tournament comes from its ‘giant-killings’, the term used to refer to a big team being upset by a relative minnow. This is aided by an unseeded draw throughout the competition.

FA Cup Winner Odds

Odds taken 10 May, 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook

Team Odds
Chelsea -188
Leicester City +140

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Who Will Win the FA Cup 2021?

Chelsea are the favorites to win the FA Cup. They beat Morecambe, Luton Town, Barnsley, Sheffield United and Manchester United to book their place in the final for the 15th time in the club’s history. Chelsea has won the tournament eight times and finished as runners-up on six occasions.

Thomas Tuchel, their manager, is competing in the FA Cup for the first time in his career, having replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January.

Leicester are the underdogs to win the FA Cup. They beat Stoke City, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United, and Southampton to qualify for the final. They have never won the FA Cup before, but have finished as runners-up on four occasions.

Brendan Rodgers, their manager, has never won the FA Cup before. He reached the semi-finals with Liverpool in 2014/15.

Who Were the FA Cup Winners Last Year?

Arsenal were the FA Cup winners last year. They overcame Leeds United, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, and Manchester City to reach the final at Wembley.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in an empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea had knocked out Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester United to advance to the showpiece event.

Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the trophy.

Which Team Has Won the FA Cup the Most Times?

Club and Number of Wins Most Recent Triumph
Arsenal – 14 2020
Manchester United – 12 2016
Chelsea – 8 2018
Tottenham Hotspur – 8 1991
Liverpool – 7 2006
Aston Villa – 7 1957
Newcastle United – 6 1955
Manchester City – 6 2019
Blackburn Rovers – 6 1928
Everton – 5 1995
West Bromwich Albion – 5 1968
Wanderers – 5 1878

Arsenal are the most successful team in the history of the FA Cup. The north London side lifted the trophy for the first time in 1930 and most recently in 2020. Their legendary former manager Arsene Wenger won the tournament seven times, which is more than any other head coach.

Manchester United are second on the list with 12 successes, followed by Chelsea and Tottenham on eight apiece. A total of 43 clubs have won the FA Cup, including several sides that no longer exist or only play in the amateur leagues nowadays. Wanderers, Oxford University, Royal Engineers, Old Etonians, Clapham Rovers, Blackburn Olympic, and Old Carthusians all claimed the prize in the 1800s.

Manchester United and Everton have finished as runners-up more often than anyone else, with eight defeats each in the final. Leicester have reached the most finals – four before 2021 – without ever getting their hands on the trophy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are FA Cup Games One Leg?

Throughout the tournament, FA Cup games are one leg. Before the fifth round, any matches that are drawn are replayed once. From the quarter-finals onwards, a tied match goes to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.

Are FA Cup Games On TV?

FA Cup games are broadcast live on TV in the United States by ESPN.

Can FA Cup Final End in A Draw?

The FA Cup final can end in a draw after 90 minutes. If the scores are level at that point, an additional period of 30 minutes – known as ‘extra time’ – is played. If there is still nothing separating the teams, a penalty shoot-out decides the winner.

How FA Cup Works?

Before the Competition Proper begins, a Qualifying Competition determines the teams that will join those from the bottom two divisions of the Football League in round one.

The first round of the FA Cup usually starts in November and contains 24 teams from League One, 24 from League Two, and those who successfully progressed from the Qualifying Competition.

The 44 sides that make up the Premier League and Championship enter in the third round, which comprises 32 matches.

Up until the semi-finals, FA Cup games are held at the stadium of the team that is drawn at home. The semi-finals and the final both take place at Wembley.

Who Won FA Cup Final 2020?

Arsenal beat Chelsea in the 2021 FA Cup final. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals as the Gunners ran out 2-1 winners.

Will FA Cup Have Fans?

The FA has decided to allow 21,000 fans to attend the 2021 FA Cup final at Wembley. Chelsea and Leicester have each been given 6,250 tickets, with a further 9,000 distributed to local residents and key workers, including many from the National Health Service.

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