Soccer is one of the most exciting sports and betting on the English FA Cup, in particular, is as exciting as the competition itself. There are various betting options in the FA Cup, and each has its own variables. It is important to understand how these variables work and it will help you decide to place your bet.

Like in the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, and the Spanish La Liga, there are a number of different kinds of bets, from moneyline bets, props bets, futures bets, half markets, and parlays, there are many different options a bettor has to wager on a match. The mechanics are also the same in the European Champions League, the French Ligue 1, the Mexican Liga MX, and the German Bundesliga.

This guide will help beginners understand how to bet on those betting options, how to read soccer odds, and which type of betting option may be the safer choice in your wager as we continue our series of Sports Betting and how to bet on each soccer league and competition.

FA Cup Moneyline Bet

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City (left) is challenged by Billy Gilmour of Chelsea (right). (Getty)

A moneyline bet in soccer is basically who of the two clubs you feel will win the matchup outright. Odds are placed for each team and based on your pick, you will receive a payout. For example:

Chelsea vs Manchester City

  FanDuel
Chelsea +340
Tie +230
Manchester City -130

* Odds by FanDuel

So if you bet on Manchester City to win at $100, you would be paid out $77, your original bet plus the winnings. If you bet on Chelsea to win, you would win your bet plus $340 in winnings, but if you expect the game to go into extra time, the payout would be $230.

Over/Under FA Cup bet

James Maddison of Leicester City (left) holds off Ibrahima Diallo of Southampton (right). (Getty)

Over/Under in soccer betting is a wager on the total number of goals. If you think a match will be over/under a certain that combined total, then you place your bet. For example:

Leicester City vs Southampton

  FanDuel
Over 3.5 +210
Under 3.5 -310

* Odds by FanDuel

Over 3.5 means that both clubs must score at least 4 goals combined. Anything below that and you lose your bet. On the contrary, Under 3.5 signifies that both clubs must score at a combined sum of 3 goals the most. Anything over that and you lose your bet.

FA Cup Prop Betting

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City looks on. (Getty)

Prop bets in soccer are just like those of other sports. Here you bet on what could happen during the game, for example, who will score a goal, or how the game will end after the final whistle.

There are Player Props, where you guess the exact goalscorer of the game. It could be the first or the final scorer of his club, or during the match overall. Or you can try your luck by doing the Game Props. With the Game Props, you guess the correct final score or the correct score combination or even make a Draw No Bet. For example:

Leicester City vs Southampton

  FanDuel
Leicester City -270
Southampton +182

* Odds by FanDuel

FA Cup Game Spread Bet

Kyle Walker (left), Ederson (center), and Bernardo Silva (left) of Manchester City. (Getty)

For this form of wager, points (or goals in the case of society) are essentially deducted, and points are awarded to the underdog. These variations in the points/goals are known as the spread. For example:

Chelsea vs Manchester City

  DraftKings
Chelsea +1 -200
Manchester City -1 +155

* Odds by DraftKings

Since Manchester City are favored, that means that they have to win or draw by 1 goal. Anything below that and you lose your bet. While if you bet on the underdogs Chelsea, then they have to win or draw by 1 goals. Anything below that and you lose your bet.

FA Cup Futures

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal lifts the 2019-20 FA Cup Trophy. (Getty)

Just like other sports, there are futures, here you bet on who will win the FA Cup, or in what who will become the FA Cup champion for the season. For example:

  DraftKings
Manchester City  -125
Leicester City +300
Chelsea +400
Southampton +1000

* Odds via DraftKings

FA Cup Live Betting

Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea. (Getty)

FA Cup is one of the most popular live betting sports competitions in the world. In addition, to the correct final score, the correct goalscorers and so, you can also bet on the total number of cards, the total number of corners, the half-time score, and more in live betting.

Odds change very quickly during a match, so you need to be quick to place your bet. As the game changes so do the odds. So, you need to make sure you bet quickly and follow the game perfectly to win your live bets. Every variable changes constantly.

FA Cup Parlays

A FA Cup bet is multiple bets on your ticket, here you bet that Barcelona beat Atheltic Club by 3 goals, and both clubs score Over 3.5 goals. You would need to hit all combinations to win your bet.

We hope this article was helpful in understanding the different types of FA Cup betting options. It is important to become familiar with each before you start betting on parlays for example.