FA Cup Third Round Betting
The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the whole sporting calender i nthe United Kingdom, not just football. It encapsulates the passion and pride of English football fans and over the last 30 years has been the staple diet of even the most casual of football fanatics as lower league teams go in search of a giant killing in the Cup, pulling in a Premier League big boy and giving their fans something to shout about.
The history of the Cup is something football fans live and breathe for, who can forget Dave Beasants penalty save for Wimbledon in the 1986 final, with John Aldrige on his hands and knees in disbelief? Vinny Jones in his first minute cruncher on Liverpool hard man Steve McMahon and subsequent yellow card, and of course Lawrie Sanchez's glancing header from a corner to earn the Wimbledon once of the biggest cup upsets of all time. Who can forget Eric Cantona breaking the deadlock in 1995, firing Manchester United to victory against Liverpool and their 'spice boys' image. Roberto Di Matteo's 35 yarder for Chelsea in the first few minutes against Middlesbrough? Everyone knows what they were doing that day, there is simply is so much history attached to the cup.
Unfortunately, the FA Cup is no longer automatically on domestic tv. The BBC losing the rights to Sky Sports, so unfortunately, as is the things with these, football fans now have to pay for the privalidge of watching the action.
Even more worrying is the fact that Premiership football fans no longer put the empahis on winning this much fabled cup competition. The euphoria of playing at Wembley is somewhat misguided, with the semi finals's also played on the hallowed turf, which certainly takes the prestige out of the final itself. Footballers being paid millions of pounds a year are now already on the back pages, ipads, youtube and iphones for their exposure, and a cup outing no longer captivates them.
Perhaps the fact that the majority of Premiership footballers now come from forgeign leagues adds to the downgrading of the cup ; they simply do not understand the cultural significance of the tournament.
Don't forget though, that for punters, the FA Cup still holds a definite significance and buzz. There is always the chance that a smaller lower league team can pull off a shock, bringing in a bountiful return and big odds, and this for one is what keeps punters enthralled in the action. The coupon is endless, with Premiership teams put up against sides from the lower leagues, and there is definitely the chance for gamblers and fans alike to win some serious money as they look to top up their betting accounts.
The FA may not be as popular as it was, but it is definitely here to stay.