2016/17 FA Cup

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FA Cup - FreebetsArsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup and now hold the record for most ever wins in the competition. 

The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in world football and will continue to create history in 2016/17 in its 136th year. A total of 736 teams entered the tournament this season, with a total of fourteen rounds separating them from the final at Wembley.


The competition begins in August with the lowest ranked clubs, from the ninth tier of English football, contesting the Extra Preliminary Round. Clubs from higher divisions are gradually filtered into the Cup until the Third Round draw when the Premier League teams enter the competition.

The competition culminates with the final in May, with Wembley hosting both the final and semi-finals of the Cup. The semi-finals have been held at Wembley since 2008 to cover the costs of building the stadium after its reopening in 2007.

The Cup has been defined by its giant killings, which coined the phrase the ‘Magic of The Cup’. The most famous of these giant killings was arguably Hereford’s victory over Newcastle United, which is known for Ronnie Radford’s stunning goal. In 2011, the FA created the ‘Ronnie Radford Award’, which is given to the team who achieves the most impressive giant killing in that years FA Cup.

The romance of giant-killings still hold a place in todays games and as recently as 2013, Wigan managed to upset the odds and win the FA Cup, beating Arsenal on the way to an unlikely triumph against Manchester City in the final. Just last season League 1 underdogs Bradford managed to beat the odds and defeat eventual Premier League winners Chelsea 2-4 at Stamford Bridge and there are sure to be plenty more similar upsets in years to come.

Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup, after winning the competition for the second consecutive season and 12th time in their history with a victory over Aston Villa in last year's final. Despite both teams playing in the same division, Arsenal were in the ascendancy for much of the match and recorded a 4-0 win, setting a new record in the process.

Their 12th FA Cup win made Arsenal the most successful club in the competitions history, taking them one title ahead of Manchester United. Like Arsenal, Chelsea have also won the F.A Cup five times since the turn of the century, making the London pair the most successful F.A Cup clubs in the 21st century.

Most Successful Clubs In FA Cup History

Arsenal - 12 Wins
Manchester United – 11 Wins
Tottenham Hotspur – 8 Wins
Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa – 7 Wins
Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers – 6 Wins
Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City – 5 Wins

Chelsea’s recent pedigree in this competition sees them among the favourites to win in 2016 with most bookmakers. They won the last competition at the old Wembley in 2000 and the first at the new Wembley in 2007 and have since gone on to win it again in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Given Mourinho’s hunger to win all competitions and the strength in depth in Chelsea’s squad, you would have to say the bookies have called it right instilling them among the early favourites - lets just hope they don't bump into plucky Bradford again!

Like all other domestic competitions, Chelsea have been joined by Manchester City as the favourites to win the F.A Cup. This is testament to their terrific strength in depth that they have in their squad. There isn’t a domestic competition that Manchester City aren’t fancied to win with the bookies, and its hard to argue with that assessment. If City wanted to rest Aguero, they can call on Bony. If they want to rest Silva, they can pick Sterling. The list goes on and on.

Manchester United have incredibly not lifted the trophy since 2004, though have featured in two finals since then and owing to their pedigree in the competition are next in the betting. Despite seeking a third consecutive victory, Arsenal are fourth in the outright market and that could be down to the size and overall strength of their squad and with a bit more depth the Gunners would perhaps be one of the front runners for this year's FA Cup.

We will have to wait until 21st May 2016 to see who will have their name engraved on this year's FA Cup, with fans already dreaming that this will be their season to have a fairytale Cup run.

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The F.A Cup is the oldest association football competition in world football and will continue to create history in 2014/15 in its 134th year. A total of 736 teams entered the tournament this season, with a total of fourteen rounds separating them from the final at Wembley.

 

The competition begins in August with the lowest ranked clubs, from the ninth tier of English football, contesting the Extra Preliminary Round. Clubs from higher divisions are gradually filtered into the Cup until the Third Round draw when the Premier League teams enter the competition.

 

The romance of giant-killings still hold a place in todays games and as recently as 2013, Wigan managed to upset the odds and win the F.A Cup, beating Arsenal and Manchester City on the way to an unlikely triumph. The Cup has been defined by its giant killings, which coined the phrase the ‘Magic of The Cup’. The most famous of these giant killings was arguably Hereford’s victory over Newcastle United, which is known for Ronnie Radford’s stunning goal. In 2011, the FA created the ‘Ronnie Radford Award’, which is given to the team who achieves the most impressive giant killing in that years F.A Cup.

 

The competition culminates with the final in May, with Wembley hosting both the final and semi-finals of the Cup. The semi-finals have been held at Wembley since 2008 to cover the costs of building the stadium after its reopening in 2007.

 

Arsenal are the current holders of the F.A Cup, after winning the competition for the 11th time in their history. The final was a thrilling match between the Gunners and Hull City, which Arsenal won 3-2 in extra time after previously being 2-0 down after the first 10 minutes.

 

Their 11th F.A Cup win made Arsenal the joint most successful club in the competitions history, taking them level with Manchester United. Chelsea have won the F.A Cup five times since the turn of the century, making them the most successful F.A Cup club in the 21st century.

 

Most Successful Clubs In F.A Cup History

 

Arsenal, Manchester United – 11 Wins

Tottenham Hotspur – 8 Wins

Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa – 7 Wins

Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers – 6 Wins

Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City – 5 Wins

 

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Chelsea’s recent pedigree in this competition sees them among the favourites to win in 2015 with most bookmakers. They won the last competition at the old Wembley in 2000 and the first at the new Wembley in 2007 and have since gone

on to win it again in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Given Mourinho’s hunger to win all competitions and the strength in depth in Chelsea’s squad, you would have to say the bookies have called it right instilling them among the early favourites.

 

Like all other domestic competitions, Chelsea have been joined by Manchester City as the favourites to win the F.A Cup. This is testament to their terrific strength in depth that they have in their squad. There isn’t a domestic competition that Manchester City aren’t fancied to win with the bookies, and its hard to argue with that assessment. If City wanted to rest Aguero, they can call on Dzeko. If they want to rest Silva, they can pick Nasri. The list goes on and on.

 

Arsenal ended their nine year trophy drought with victory in 2014 and will enter the 2015 competition under a lot less pressure. Patrick Vieira’s last kick in an Arsenal shirt won the F.A Cup in 2005 which kickstarted Arsenal’s trophy drought, but with that monkey of their back, they can come into this years competition feeling more confident. Arsenal’s squad wasn’t strengthened as many fans would have like, with Wenger failing to buy the defensive midfielder that many believe the squad lacks. The size and overall strength of Arsenal’s squad is the main reason that bookmakers have cut Arsenal adrift of the front runners for this years F.A Cup.

 

We will have to wait until 30th May to see who will have their name engraved on this years F.A Cup, with fans already dreaming that this year will be their year to have a fairytale Cup run.