The FA Cup final remains a huge fixture and this year we have two exciting, attacking sides in the shape of Arsenal and Aston Villa. The pair endured very different league campaigns but both will be looking ahead to the new season with a sense of real optimism and that will be even more so for whichever side comes out on top at Wembley.
With 18 previous FA Cup successes and 28 finals between them, Aston Villa and Arsenal have real history with this most famous of cup competitions, although history may be the operative word for the Villains, who last tasted success in this competition back in 1957 and were last in the final in 2000. Arsenal, in contrast, are defending champions – can they become the first side since Chelsea in 2010 to retain the cup?
Arsenal come into the game having won their last Premier League game 4-1. Prior to that their form was patchy though, with just one win in five prior to that and that is sure to give the underdogs some hope.
Villa ended their campaign with a 6-1 thrashing at Southampton and a 1-0 home defeat against already-relegated Burnley, although four wins in five prior to that – against good sides in West Ham, Everton, Liverpool and Spurs – indicate what they are capable of. Their win over Liverpool in the semi was a tactical masterclass and a great performance and Arsene Wenger will be well aware that players such as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph can hurt his side.
If you fancy a wager on the cup final then BetVictor have an offer that could give you a second bite of the cherry if your bet loses. Place a bet on the correct score, half-time/full-time, scorecast, first/last/anytime goalscorer or spincast markets and if it loses but the game goes to penalties, BetVictor will refund your stake as a free bet worth up to £10.
The refund is in the form of Promo Cash and only applies to bets on the named markets, with pre-match bets the only ones eligible. Free bets are added within 24 hours and are then valid for 30 days.
Given the form of Benteke we think he offers nice value at 9/1 in the first goal odds, whilst 14/5 in the anytime market also seems like good value. Alternatively really go for glory and go for the correct score betting, with 3-2 to Arsenal worth a pop at a huge 30/1, meaning a £10 bet would pay £300!
In what we are sure will be a high scoring affair, 3-2 to the Gunners, or perhaps a more conservative 2-1 at 8/1, are worth thinking about. Of course, if the game goes to spot kicks you’ll have lost your bet but before you can say Wembley Way you’ll have a free bet in your account to have another go.