Arsenal prepare to take on Hull in the FA Cup final as punters are getting ready to bet on the game at online bookies.
The Premier League season is over and we have a new champion – Manchester City. They snuck past Liverpool to deny the Reds the trophy and win the league again. But before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil in less than a month’s time, there’s still some action in English football to look forward to. Naturally, all land-based and online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom are offering a wide array of odds for the match.
A bit of history
Rewarding odds for the upcoming FA Cup final
•Arsenal haven’t won a title for almost 9 years
•Arsene Wenger’s men hold 10 FA Cup titles so far
•The Gunners are huge favorites to win at online sportsbooks in the UK
The FA Cup final is taking place this Saturday between Arsenal and Hull City. The FA Cup dates back to 1871/72 season making it the oldest association football competition in the world. The cup is open to all football teams from the Premier League, the Championship and 1 through 5 steps of the FA National League System. This basically means that everyone can participate from the big guns to local amateur squads.
Manchester United are currently leading the ranks with 11 wins, grabbing their first cup back in 1909 and their last in 2004. Arsenal can catch up to the Red Devils this year, since they are second with 10 wins. Hull City have never won, and the highest they have ever climbed in this competition was the semi-finals back in 1930, which incidentally was the first year Arsenal have won the Cup.
The Gunners are certainly looking forward to the final, since they haven’t won any trophy in almost nine years, and this is the last opportunity this year to lift one. Those who wish to bet on sports in the United Kingdom, will certainly pick the Saturday’s match as one of their premier events for wagering.
FA Cup final betting
It is only natural that every self-respecting bookmaker operating under British gambling laws is offering betting lines on the upcoming match. Of course Hull City are considered underdogs against Arsenal who placed fourth in Premier League. This means, that Hull will be going to Europa League for next season regardless of the Saturday’s match outcome. They will either take their well-deserved place following a win, or be given one by Arsenal, since the Gunners are playing in Champions League.
Arsenal are huge favorites with 1.44 odds to win, while Hull got very long odds of 7.00 and the draw after 90 minutes stands at 4.33. Naturally, there must be a winner in the game, so extra time and if needs be penalties will follow should the game be tied after normal time.
In case Arsenal wins in extra time, punters can collect money at 9.50 odds, the same success for Hull pays at huge 34.00. Winning on penalties will mean a 17.00 payout for the Gunners’ fans, and 19.00 odds for the Tigers.
Olivier Giroud is expected to open up the score-sheet for Arsenal at 4.50 odds, while Matt Fryatt for Hull has got only 13.00 odds to score first. Even not so modest 2-0 win for Arsenal is considered a very likely affair paying at 5.75, while a single goal for Hull and no answer for the Gunners will deliver a 12.50 payout.
Just as a reminder, Arsenal have beaten the Tigers both times they met in the Premier League this season. However, the FA Cup is renowned for smaller teams overpowering the favorites. We don’t have to go far for examples, since the reigning champions are Wigan, who beat Manchester City in the last year’s final.
More interesting betting odds
Arsenal are also the favorites to open the score with 1.30 odds compared to a line of 4.00. In case there’s no goal in 90 minutes the payout is 11.00, which is highly unlikely, and thus delivers a great payout. Three of the last four FA Cup finals finished in 1-0, while all last seven games were won by a single goal. This is why the winning margin of 1 goal for Arsenal brings only a 2.25 payout and a little bit more for Hull: 4.00 odds.
There are also interesting combo odds. Arsenal to win and both teams to score pays at 3.20. A draw in 90 minutes and both teams to score delivers a 5.50 payout. While Hull’s win coupled with both teams scoring pays at massive 12.00 odds.
Should the Tigers manage to win without conceding goals, punters betting on this outcome can collect winnings at 6.00. Moreover, the odds on Arsenal conceding at least one goal are pretty safe at 1.70. While a goal in the first ten minutes in either net will bring a hefty 5.50 payout.
As for the comebacks during the game, few believe that Hull can come back from behind to beat the Gunners. 36.00 odds for this event are given to Hull, while Arsenal receives 8.50 odds in case they concede first, but then go on to win the match.
Penalty is likely during the game paying at 3.75, while a red card is unlikely paying at 11.00. An own goal will bring an 11.00 payout as well.