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FAI Cup Odds 2023 – Rovers Lead The Way In Early Betting

Check out all the latest FAI Cup odds in this post as we take a look at the outright market for Ireland’s premier cup competition.

What is the FAI Cup?

The 2023 Sports Direct FAI Cup will be the 103rd edition of the Republic of Ireland’s figure-head national cup competition. The competitions features teams from the League of Ireland Premier Division and the First Division, as well as non-league teams qualifying for this year’s event competition having already taken place back in April.

What’s Up For Grabs In This Year’s FAI Cup?

The winner of the 2023 FAI Cup will earn automatic qualification for the 2024–25 UEFA Europa Conference League.  The 2023 competition has 40 teams taking part 20 from the League of Ireland and 20 teams from the regional leagues of the Republic of Ireland football league system.

FAI Cup History

Shamrock Rovers are the most successful side in the competition’s history with 25 successes in the competition with their most recent one coming in 2019.  As of November 2022, the current holders are Derry City F.C. and the First Round Draw for this year’s event was made on the 6th of June by FAI President Gerry McAnaney and former FAI Cup winner Derek Coughlan. All ties are scheduled to take place on the weekend of 23 July.

FAI Cup Odds 2023

Team Odds
Derry City 3/1
Bohemians 3/1
Dundalk 7/2
St Patrick’s Athletic 5/1
Drogheda United 8/1
Galway United 12/1
Waterford 16/1
Cork City 16/1

FAI Cup Preview 2023

Derry City – 3/1

Derry City are the reigning FAI Cup Champions and deservedly go into this year’s competition as second favourites to defend their crown.

Last year on their road to the title they dispatched Oliver Bond Celtic 7-0 in the First Round, Cork City 2-0 in the Second Round, Shamrock Rovers 3-1 AET in the Quarter-Final and Treaty United 2-1 in the Semi-Final before winning the final in the Aviva comprehensively 4-0 against Shelbourne.

Derry is the fifth most successful side in the competition’s history with 6 victories to go with finishing as runners-up 5 times. Derry had all their matches, besides the final, at home last season.

In the First Round they defeated First Division side Athlone 3-0 but have been handed a though Second Round tie at home hosting St Patrick’s Athletic.  Whoever wins that one will go very short in the market and with talents like  Michael Duffy, Ben Doherty and Adam O’Reilly in their squad  don’t rule them out retaining the FAI Cup again/.

Bohemians – 3/1

Declan Devine is doing an excellent job as Bohemians manager this season and while the league might be just a little beyond them just yet, an FAI Cup victory is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.

Bohemians are the third most successful side in the competition’s history with 7 wins and 8 runners-up finishes. However, they haven’t won the competition since 2008 with their closest result being when they lost to St Patrick’s Athletic on penalties in 2021’s final.

Bohemians overcame a tough First-Round tie to Shelbourne winning 1-0, in the Second-Round they’ve been given a considerably easier draw  hosting Munster Senior League side Rockmount and so have been clipped from 6/1 into 3/1 and joint-favourite with Derry City.

Flores, Coote and Buckley  will all to be crucial to their efforts and a likely win against Rockmount would see them into a Quarter-Final.

St Patrick’s Athletic – 5/1

Third favourites for the competition are St Patrick’s Athletic who have recovered from their poor early season form which resulted in the sacking of Tim Clancy and the eventual promotion of former Rangers striker Jon Daly as the new Head Coach.

They last won the competition in 2021 when they beat Bohemians 4-3 on penalties after the game had finished 1-1 AET. However, they had a poor result last year being knocked out at the first round stage by First Division side Waterford 2-3

In the First-Round they made tough work of First Division outfit Longford 1-2 and face a much tougher test in Derry City in Round 2 which has seen them drift from 4/1 to 5/1 in the betting.

With the likes of Chris Forrester, Sam Curtis and Joe Redmond in their side St Patrick’s would be my tip to be 2023 FAI Cup winners.

Drogheda United – 8/1

Huge market movers, Drogheda United have been cut from 20/1 to 8/1 following their 2-1 First-Round victory over Sligo Rovers avenging their controversial  2013 FAI Cup Final defeat.

In Round-2 Drogheda were handed an on-paper easy away day to Kerry FC and victory in that one  would put them into the Quarter-Final stage and with one of  Derry City or St Patrick’s Athletic guaranteed to be knocked out at a minimum things are all falling into place for Drogheda.

Huge for them was that they have secured the retention of Kevin Doherty who declined an approach from Cork City to stay with the club.  Emmanuel Adegboyega will be a huge loss for them with his transfer confirmed to Norwich.

That being said, Drogheda have some talented footballers like Darragh Markey, Gary Deegan and Conor Keeley left they have plenty about them to go further in this competition.

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