FA Cup-winning captain expected to wear jester hat to lift trophy

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THE FA Cup winning captain will lift the trophy in a jester hat according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies are now taking bets on how the winning captain will be dressed as he receives the trophy and can report considerable interest in the choice of headwear at 40/1.

It’s only 1/3 the winning captain has a scarf on them of any kind while 5/2 suggests it’s possible they sport a flag – either club or country. Looking ahead to the big match, fans at home may want to take the 33/1 on offer that the ITV coverage drops out at any time as an insurance policy, while the same odds apply should any four-legged animal make it onto the pitch.

Any player can be backed at 4/7 to drop the cup live on air, while it’s just 16/1 either manager is sent to the stands during the game.

The firm also pledge not to be beaten on price* for all first goal scorer bets which has triggered considerable interest in Liverpool’s Suarez at 7/1 following his hattrick last weekend along with Torres at the same price for Chelsea.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “It wouldn’t be the FA Cup final if we didn’t have a host of wacky specials. If the winning captain celebrates with a jester hat punters will have the last laugh.”

He added: “Punters are sweet on Torres to score for obvious reasons. A first goal for him or Suarez will leave a big hole in our pocket.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

FA Cup final specials

Novelty specials
Wembley Cat – Any 4-legged animal to enter the field of play during the match 33/1
ITV transmission to cut out/cut to another studio during the match 33/1
Any player to drop the cup on TV 4/7

What will the winning captain be wearing as they receive the cup?
Cap 8/1
Jester hat 40/1
Scarf 1/3
Flag 5/2

Kenny Dalglish not to be Liverpool manager at midnight on Sunday 6/1
Either manager to be sent to the stands 16/1

Torres v Carroll
Torres to start – Evens
Torres to come off the bench and score* 5/1
*Goals match bets 90mins

Torres v Carroll (both must start)
Torres 9/4
Carroll 9/2
Tie 4/7

Torres v Liverpool (Torres must Start)
Torres 6/1
Liverpool 4/6
Tie 13/8

Carroll – Chelsea (Carroll must Start)
14/1 Carroll
1/4 Chelsea
11/4 Tie

John Terry to receive a red card 20/1
Chelsea to lift cup with ten men in 90 minutes 12/1
Any player on either side to score an own goal 6/1
Any player to score a goal from within their own half 100/1

Chelsea pensioners – any player* over the age of 30 to score the first goal of the game 5/2
*Cole, Lampard, Terry, Drogba, Ferreira, Malouda.

Phil Dowd specials
How many red cards will there be in 90 minutes?
0 2/7
1 3/1
2 8/1
3+ 25/1

To do a ‘Graham Poll’
Phil Dowd to issue 2 yellow cards to same player and fail to send him off 150/1

Match Prices

In 90 minutes
Chelsea 13/10
Draw 9/4
Liverpool 21/10

To Lift the Trophy
Chelsea 4/6
Liverpool 5/4

First player to score
Drogba 7/1
Torres 7/1
Suarez 7/1
Lampard 9/1
No scorer 9/1
Sturridge 9/1
Mata 11/1
Gerrard 11/1
Carroll 11/1
Bellamy 11/1
12/1 bar

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.