It’s the oldest knockout competition in world football and the FA Cup remains a highly desirable trophy in the modern day. All clubs affiliated to the English Football Association get to take part and that provides a feast of football for much of the year. Things start to get seriously interesting when the preliminaries are over and the first round begins. This is when the professional league clubs get involved and our markets start to become especially busy. As the competition develops, you can catch a host of live FA Cup football via our Unibet TV service. This is a live stream of top knockout matches and it’s a great addition to our overall package.
History of the FA Cup
The very first edition of the FA Cup was held across the 1871/72 season with the Wanderers beating Royal Engineers in the final. Like a number of early participants, both of those sides have either dropped to the fringes of English football or they have disappeared altogether. In time, more familiar names would come through to take the trophy.
A major development came in 1923 when the final was moved to Wembley Stadium for the first time. The popularity of the competition was in evidence as many thousands were locked outside the gates while Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United did battle on the pitch.
Wembley has been the permanent home of the FA Cup final for much of the last 100 years and this is one of the most important dates on the sporting calendar. To complement this great series of football, Unibet have extensive FA Cup betting markets in place from the first round onwards while the support of Unibet TV provides live streaming of the big games.
Over 700 teams now take part in the FA Cup but the majority of those sides will be involved in the preliminary rounds. The ambition for the lower ranked clubs is to get through to the first round and to claim a fixture against one of the top professional outfits in the football league.
For most neutral fans, the interest really starts from the third round onwards as this is where clubs from the top two tiers get involved. You can, however, find betting markets from the start of the first round.
From the beginning of the 2020/21 season, all matches are scheduled to be played on a straight knockout basis so, at the end of 90 minutes, there is the potential for extra time and penalties. It makes for a tense atmosphere and you can tune in to watch it all unfold via Unibet TV.
FA Cup’s Greatest Moments
Every football fan will have their own opinion as to which was the greatest FA Cup final of all time. Sadly, few will remember the game in 1953 when a Stanley Matthews-inspired Blackpool came from behind to beat Bolton Wanderers by four goals to three.
In more recent years, the 2006 final between Liverpool and West Ham United was memorable for another late comeback. A brilliant late equaliser from Steven Gerrard levelled the scores at 3-3 with Liverpool subsequently winning the trophy on penalties.
We’ve witnessed some incredible upsets too, most notably in 1988 when unfancied Wimbledon beat the mighty Liverpool. There will be more great finals to come and you can catch the best FA Cup action via the live stream at Unibet TV.
Betting on and Watching Live FA Cup Football
Outright betting for the overall winner of the FA Cup will be published almost as soon as the current competition comes to a close. Some of our customers like to take a long range bet here while others like to wait for the FA Cup draw to come along and the match betting to take over.
Along with the match result, there can be many hundreds of prop bets available for the bigger games including handicaps, both teams to score, correct score, total goals and individual goal scorer betting.
To access Unibet TV, just make sure that you have funds in your account or, that you have placed a cash bet within the previous 24 hours. The live feed can then be picked up by desktop, laptop or any mobile device.