FA Cup Final: Manchester United vs Chelsea Betting Preview – 19/05/18

FA Cup Final: Manchester United vs Chelsea Betting Preview – 19/05/18

 

FA Cup Final Betting Preview – Chelsea v Manchester United

All eyes turn to Wembley on Saturday when Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, where both clubs are looking to secure their only piece of silverware in an underwhelming season for both clubs.

Antonio Conte’s future is in huge doubt after Chelsea’s 5th place finish in the Premier League means they will miss out on Champions League football next season.

As for United manager Jose Mourinho, it was the first time in his managerial career that he didn’t win the League title in his second season at a club and finished a massive 19 points behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Their unconvincing 2nd place finish and shock early exit in the Champions League has left some fans underwhelmed with a season that at first promised so much. Saturday’s final is a chance for both managers to rescue some silverware from what has been a disappointing campaign for both sides.

 Can the FA Cup save Conte?

Antonio Conte’s second season in charge at Chelsea has gone nothing like his first 12 months at the helm. After storming to the Premier League title by 7 points and winning 30 of their 38 games last season, Conte’s side have been unconvincing this time around and haven’t been good enough to make it into the top four this season.

Conte’s had problems on and off the pitch this season and the rumoured dispute with club owner Roman Abrahmovic looks like it’s going to signal the end of the Italians reign in charge at the Bridge. Conte was reportedly unhappy with the way in which Chelsea have operated their transfer business ever since he took over at the club and it now looks as though he isn’t going to get another season to try get Chelsea back into the Champions League. Saturday’s final gives the Italian a chance to go out with some silverware, and if he does eventually move on and to do it against Jose Mourinho will make it extra special after their war of words all season long.

Chelsea’s FA Cup run has seen them go past three Premier League sides in Newcastle (3-0), Leicester (2-1 aet) and Southampton (2-0) in last months semi-final and despite their poor form in the League have never looked like losing in their run to the final. Chelsea’s late surge for a Champions League place was ended after a draw with Huddersfield (1-1) and a final day defeat to Newcastle (3-0) in the final week of the season so don’t come into this one in the best of form.

Chelsea have a good record against United however, losing just twice against the Red Devils since 2013 and will be hoping that good record continues this weekend. It’s uncertain of which of Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud will start upfront for Chelsea. The two forwards both got a goal each in the semi-final against Southampton, but it’s the Frenchman Giroud that has been first choice in recent weeks following a poor run of form for summer signing Morata. The former Arsenal man has 5 goals since his move his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January and also has 2 in 2 in the FA Cup so will be desperate to build on that impressive statistic this weekend.

 A joint record 13th FA Cup for United?

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side come into this game knowing that a win would match Arsenal’s record for the most FA Cups won (13). United were unable to challenge for the Premier League title like they wanted to, but have a chance here to still collect some silverware with a victory at Wembley.

United’s second place finish in the Premier League is their highest since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013 and despite them finishing 19 points behind Manchester City, there has definitely been some notable progression from Mourinho’s side. They’ve managed to qualify for the Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time since Ferguson retired and are beginning to become Champions League regulars once again.

Mourinho’s style of play is beginning to come under question from United fans but winning trophies is what United are known for and a victory here will mark the Portuguese managers 3rd major trophy in just his second season in charge. The most memorable victory in United’s run to the final was the 2-1 win over Spurs in last months semi-final. That victory showed United stepping up in the games that mattered and with Mourinho they have a man that knows how to win and will set up his team in a way that allows him to do that. United have a couple of Wembley specialists in their ranks that they’ll look towards this weekend.

Alexis Sanchez has scored in every single appearance he’s ever made at Wembley, including a goal in last seasons final against Chelsea so will be confident that he can add to that tally this weekend. Jesse Lingard has scored in both of his last finals for United, including a goal in United’s 2016 FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. He also got on the scoresheet in the Community Shield later that season so will be looking to continue his Wembley scoring run this weekend with another goal.

‘The Red Devils’ will be boosted by the return of top scorer Romelu Lukaku to the frontline on Saturday as well. The Belgian has been ever present in United’s attack this season and has 27 goals in all competitions this season so will be a massive boost for Mourinho and United this weekend.

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