Punters Seek Redemption After FA Cup ShockPublished May 14, 2013 by OCR Editor
Wigan's FA Cup final win sees the online bookmakers clean up at punter's expense.
Wigan's shock FA Cup final victory over Manchester City on Saturday saw the online sportsbooks clean up, but punters will no doubt be back with a vengeance when the 2013/14 season gets underway.
FA Cup shock
Relegation-strugglers Wigan Athletic overcame 80/1 pre-season odds to stun unbackable favorite Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, with Ben Watson's stoppage time header proving enough to prove what some commentators claimed was "the biggest FA Cup upset for a quarter of a century."
Watson's last minute goal came just a few minutes after Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a second yellow card, becoming the third player to be send off in a Cup final. But more importantly, Wigan it was the best result for bookies since Wimbledon won the FA Cup in 1988.
Next year's odds
William Hill Sports has installed Wigan at 100/1 to defend their first ever FA Cup title in 2014, while the favorites are as follows: Manchester City and Manchester United are both 6/1, or 5/2 on either club to win; Chelsea are 7/1 third favorites, while Arsenal is the other realistic contender at 8/1.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has now been placed at even money to still have his job on day one of next season, while his club is at 5/2 to still be playing Premiership Football next season. Man City manager Mancini - trophy-less this year - is at 4/11 to be manager on day one of next season.