It’s the match we’ve all been waiting for and it’ll bring the curtain down on what has been another spectacular episode from English football. The 2019 FA Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday with a 5.00pm start time shown live on BBC, as it has been since the 1937 decider when Sunderland and Preston faced off. Here are our top FA Cup Final betting tips.
This is the best loved knockout football competition in the country and is followed by a worldwide audience, from the early qualifying rounds through to the grand finale, played out in front of a sell-out Wembley Stadium. It’s a real day for the fans and we’re sure both teams will do their bit to ensure this year’s renewal lives up to the hype.
Arsenal Remain Top of the Tree
The history books show us Arsenal remain the tournament’s most successful team on 13 trophies with Blackburn Rovers and Wanderers holding the joint record of three wins in-a-row, something that is yet to be topped. Arsenal and Man Utd have the most FA Cup final appearances on 20 and the biggest win to date was for Blackburn Rovers in 1890 when they thrashed Sheffield Wednesday 6-1.
Manchester City were favourites to lift the trophy from the start and the FA Cup is now all that stands between them and what would be a stunning domestic treble. That will take the sting out of being knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham at the quarter-final stage as their wait for European dominance continues.
They may get nowhere near winning the Champions League, but English football has dominated the UEFA competitions this year and if City dominate England that will send out a real message of intent for next season. What can we expect from Sunday’s final? Our team of football tipsters and sports betting experts have trawled through the markets before returning with our views on the best value, aimed at helping you bash the bookies.
Man City Priced Like Champions
Bookmakers have priced Manchester City as favourites to win this year’s FA Cup final and the odds at present would have you believe they only need turn up. Of course, we know that’s not true as this is a competition littered with famous upsets, including West Ham’s win over Arsenal at Wembley when The Hammers weren’t given a chance. That was the last time a team form outside of the top-flight won the trophy, but it wasn’t the last time we’ll see the bookies’ odds turned upside down.
The Cityzens held on to win their second Premier League title in-a-row last weekend, beating Liverpool to the crown by just one point following final day drama. The Reds lost just one game all season but draws cost them dear and that is something Klopp must address in pre-season. City showed the heart and desire to get over the line. They now stand on the brink of a treble, having already won both the League Cup at Wembley last year and the Premier League trophy last week. They have been the dominant force in England and if they do go on to secure all three trophies you really couldn’t argue.
City head to the national stadium on the back of a stunning unbeaten run and they will feel they did enough to earn a semi-final stage after missing out on a win over Tottenham by a goal that was disallowed by VAR when fans were celebrating. That’s the fine margins in football and is one of the reasons we love the game. It’s also a pain that will haunt the players and ensure they are up for Saturday’s final, knowing they never again want to go through that hurt. Man City win in 90 minutes is 2/9 with Unibet.
Watford Have a Part to Play
Man City have a real challenge on their hands if they are to live up to expectations. Watford travel across the capital making one of only a few cup final appearances in modern times but that doesn’t mean they are here simply to make up the numbers. Quite the opposite in fact, they are here to mark the occasion with a win and, on paper, there’s no real reason why they can’t follow the examples of other successful underdogs and claim the prize.
Not one person camped in the Watford dressing room will be happy just to give the fans a day out on the big occasion, they know everyone has a part to play and if they carry out their tasks to the best of their ability they will ask all the right questions of their free-spending opponents. There’s one thing about the FA Cup and that it is a level playing field, where reputation and form count for nothing and it’s a straight shoot-out over the 90 minutes. This game will be played to a conclusion, of course, with extra-time and penalties if needed, so the longer Watford can keep the scores down and keep themselves in the game, the better chance they have.
That should result in The Wasps setting up defensively and aiming to pick up any scraps on the counterattack. They are not the first team to deploy those tactics against City and the Premier League champions have seen it all before, but if Watford try to meet their opponents head-on in the middle of the park this could get embarrassing very quickly. A sensible approach is needed here. Watford to win the match is 12/1 with Unibet or you can try the draw at 6/1 (Unibet).
What the Stats Say
This will be the third meeting of these sides this season with the previous two ending in hard-fought wins for Man City. They claimed a 2-1 at Vicarage Road back in December before winning 3-1 at the Etihad in the return leg in March. That would suggest we’re set for an entertaining contest.
Taking yes on the both teams to score coupon would’ve resulted in a winner in each of the last three meetings of these sides and more of the same makes sense at 11/10 with William Hill. After a better price? Follow our thinking and play both score in a Man City win at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.