Chelsea vs Manchester United
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018
Kick-Off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester United and Chelsea are set for the final showdown of the season as they will take on each other in the battle for the FA Cup silverware on Saturday afternoon at Wembley. With a huge prize to aim for, and a fierce rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, we could be in for thrilling couple of hours in the English capital.
This may likely be the last H2H fight between the two managers given that the Italian is probably looking at his last game in charge of Chelsea here. The Blues have had a dreadful campaign this season which resulted in the last term’s Premier League winners failing to secure the Champions League appearance for the next season coming fifth at the end of the campaign.
Mourinho, on the other side, ended second which is both a failure and a success for Man Utd who are still looking for their first league title in the post-Ferguson era. None of two clubs have reasons for optimism based on their displays in the most recent period, but we can say that the Red Devils should come into this final as slight form favourites after beating Watford 1-0 on the final day last weekend at Old Trafford.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
Manchester United lead the head to head tie by 14 wins ahead of their 162nd meeting with Chelsea.
Chelsea won three and lost two of last five outings against the Red Devils as each of last five H2H affairs saw home teams coming on top.
Only two of last eight head to head matches saw both teams on the scoresheet.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Prediction
Mourinho rested his first-choice keeper David De Gea in the last league tie against Watford, meaning the Spanish goalkeeper should be between the posts on Saturday. Problems appear in the final third with team’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku in huge doubt after skipping three straight games with an ankle problem.
This caused poor attacking showings for the Red Devils who notched just one goal in last two league games against West Ham United and Watford. Nevertheless, the Special One can feel comfortable about his side’s defensive line which kept back-to-back clean sheets in mentioned matches. Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez are likely to lead the line up front.
Chelsea’s defense was dreadful on the final day when the Blues allowed three goals in a humiliating loss to Newcastle United away at St. James’ Park. Chelsea previously failed to beat the likes of Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge, and we just can’t see them coming on top here.
Man Utd to lift the trophy is our top betting option, set at the 1.90 odds. Since most of the recent head to head affairs tended to offer very few goal-scoring chances, and since the FA Cup final itself has a huge significance for both managers, we have to take the Under 2.5 goals FT as an alternative option at the odds of 1.53.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
- Manchester United to lift the trophy @ 1.90
- Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53.