FA Cup Final | Arsenal versus Wigan | 30th May 2015
Aston Villa have had an emotional season, with Tim Sherwood turning around their season to avoid relegation. They are the surprise team in the FA Cup, reaching the final having beaten a dire Liverpool side in the semi-finals and they will be looking to pull off another surprise result. They face Arsenal in the final, and betting sites think that not only will Arsenal win the cup (3/10 from Bet 365), that they will do it within the 90 minutes (4/7). Saying that, they do get it wrong, and the best example is 2013 when Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0, although you can’t blame the bookies since Wigan went on to get relegated that very season. This year the FA cup final means the end of the football season, but fear not, here is our betting preview for Saturday:
Bet Victor: Penalty shootout cash back
Bet Victor fancy Arsenal to lift the trophy too, and within 90 minutes. If you think they are going to get it wrong, then take advantage of their promotion which is eligible for existing customers. If the match goes to penalties, Bet Victor will refund certain markets such as correct score and anytime goal scorer, up to the value of £10. It’s unlikely to go to penalties, but if it does then the bookies have no preference with both sides being 16/1 to win with this method currently.
Unibet: Normal time penalty cash back
If you’re going to bet on the FA Cup Final, then you should strongly consider Unibet as they have one of best offers available. They’re refunding up to £30 in losing bets if a penalty during the first 90 minutes. It applies to 1X2 bets (which means you must bet on either an Arsenal win, draw, or Aston Villa win) and given there were two penalties in the 2010 final, we’d recommend this one.
Betway: Extra time money back
Existing customers who unsure whether Arsenal will win within 90 minutes need to know about Betway’s money back offer. If Arsenal win the game, but do so specifically within extra time then Betway will refund losing first/last goal scorer bets up to the value of £25. Aston Villa are 11/2 to win on Saturday, but Betway also have enhanced odds on Benteke to score and Villa to win 11/1. Although Benteke is in form, and looks to be leaving for a bigger club this summer, we still don’t feel that these odds are long enough to find value here. Better value is with the enhanced odds on Sanchez to score first and an Arsenal win at 13/2. Looks like Betway think Sanchez will score at some point since the Arsenal striker enhanced odds different slightly that he has to be the first goal scorer.
Ladbrokes: Enhanced odds for Arsenal win
If you’re convinced that Arsenal are going to beat Aston Villa, and you’re going to bet on it regardless but don’t have a Ladbrokes account, then you may wish to consider creating one. For new customers only, they’ve got enhanced odds on an Arsenal win at 4/1, which is the best odds you will be able to get. There is a maximum of a £10 stake that applies, but that will land you £40 plus your stake back, so it’s a good option.
Betfair: FA Cup cash back triggers
Betfair have five triggers to choose from for existing customers for the FA Cup Final. It’s for certain markets, but if any of the options happen during the game, then Betfair will refund your losing bet. Example include both teams scoring in the first half, Giroud scoring the first goal, or Arsenal to win by three or more goals. If you plan to bet on any of the eligible markets anyway, you may as well bet through Betfair and have the option of potential cash back if your bet isn’t successful.
Paddy Power: Free in-play bet
For the neutral, Paddy Power are applying their on-going free in-play bet to the FA Cup Final. If you bet £20 or more before the game and Paddy Power will give you a free £10 in-play bet. Your qualifying bet can’t be an Arsenal win since the odds are too short; they need to be at least 1/2 to qualify.
Boylesports: Theo cashback
Finally Boylesports. Theo Walcott hasn’t been in the best of form this season, but odds are reasonably short of 6/1 that he will be the last goal scorer of the game. We think that’s a little too short for our liking, but if you fancy a punt on the game, existing customers will have losing bets refunded if Walcott does indeed get the last goal of the game. Applies to most of the goal scoring markets.