Category Archives: FA Cup

Must-Watch Games in May: European Football’s Final Showdowns

As the heavily anticipated 2024 European Championship kick-off looms larger, fans become impatient to see out the 2023/24 club season.  Except for an iconic title race in the Premier League, all four remaining top-five leagues have already crowned their champions. It's the crunch period in the three continental competitions, with all reigning holders out of the picture ahead of the first set of the semi-final fixtures. Plenty of mouth-watering ties wait in the wings down the final stretch as we…
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2024 FA Cup final preview – sense of deja vu overwhelms Wembley

In a repeat of last season's FA Cup final, beaten finalists Manchester United will be looking to repay the kindness to crosstown rivals Manchester City on May 25. The betting odds vastly favour the FA Cup holders, but there are plenty of value bets to back the underdogs on a hub of betting promo codes and tips for South African bettors, if you so choose to believe in United’s capacity for chaos. Erik ten Hag's side failed to spoil Man…
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FA Cup Preview – Newcastle keen to disrupt Man City’s title defence, Old Trafford blockbuster & more

Premier League Gameweek 29 will be awkward, with the FA Cup quarter-finals depleting this weekend's league schedule.  Alongside defending champions Manchester City, five other top-flight teams are still in contention for football's oldest cup title, causing mayhem in the league's programme. Championship outfits Coventry City and Leicester City are the only lower-league sides to have got this far in the tournament. Everything is set for a spectacle after the FA announced match officials for the upcoming fixtures as we look…
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FA Cup final preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United – everything you need to know, possible line-ups, form guide

A mouth-watering FA Cup final between cross-city rivals Manchester City and Manchester United takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 3.  It may sound surprising, but these teams meet in a major final for the first time, with much more than just bragging rights at stake.  With Erling Haaland on one side and Marcus Rashford on another, Saturday's final could defy the recent tradition of cagey, low-scoring affairs.  The last two FA Cup finals have featured under 1.5 goals,…
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Up for the cup? The Man City trophy blip that will annoy Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is a grand master in the art of trophy collecting, with success having followed him around wherever he has been. A European Cup winner as a player and coach, the Catalan tactician has helped to raise collective standards on and off the pitch. It is managerial circles that he has truly cemented his legacy, with the architect of tiki-taka having revolutionised the game in a way that many would have thought impossible. In a business where results are…
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5 best football matches to watch this weekend

The domestic football season is drawing to its close and Euro 2020 is just around the corner. Before that though, several titles, cups and relegations have to be sorted out and some of the most important fixtures make up part of an exciting round of games this weekend. Here are our top five football matches to watch: FA Cup Final Chelsea face Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in Saturday’s FA Cup final. Both teams were in action midweek looking to…
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FA Cup fifth round thrills, spills and upsets

Think English football, the first thing you think of is the FA Cup. First played during the 1871-72 First Division season, the FA Cup is one of the most talked-about and excitable competitions in the world and is England’s most prestigious trophy. There have been some fantastic FA Cup fifth round games from over the years, and, even at this early stage, Manchester City are once more favourites to retain the trophy with odds of 15/8 whilst lagging behind are…
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Fourth round FA Cup classics: upsetting the applecart

The FA Cup is English football’s most prestigious trophy; first played during the 1871-72 season, the competition often throws up something special each year as Premier League sides mix it with lower league - and sometimes, non-league - clubs in a bid to walk out at Wembley. This season's FA Cup see’s Man City as 13/8 favourites with online casinos and betting sites, followed by Liverpool who are 7/1. Here are some of the greatest FA Cup fourth round upsets…
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FA Cup final: Mental preparation the key to success

A leading sports psychologist says the team that has the best mental preparation with be the one who wins the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday. Manchester City and Watford meet at the national stadium in a game many pundits are predicting will result in a comfortable victory for the North West side. City are chasing the treble after claiming the Premier League title and Carabao Cup this season, while Watford are aiming to win the first major trophy…
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Can Watford upset Manchester City in the FA Cup Final?

Although Watford are vying to be the best of the rest in this season’s Premier League, it would nonetheless be regarded as a major shock if they can prevail against quadruple contenders Manchester City in the 138th FA Cup Final. It would be even more surprising as it’s not too long ago that City were on the wrong end of a massive Cup Final shock. Watford are currently 4/1 to lift the trophy for those looking for an outside bet…
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