Chelsea vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 14, 2018
Wembley Stadium - FA Cup
Jose Mourinho's Manchester United are looking to equal Arsenal's record of 13 FA Cup wins, when they face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford back in February's Premier League game, with Chelsea winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
They met in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season, with eventual finalists Chelsea winning 1-0 at home, thanks to a rare goal from N'Golo Kante.
United have two major injury concerns ahead of the final, with attacking pair Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku both set to undergo late fitness tests before the game.
Lukaku has missed the last three games with an ankle problem, while Martial hurt his knee in training last Friday. Marouane Fellaini is also ruled out with a thigh injury.
Chelsea have no fresh injury worries ahead of this game, with Danny Drinkwater, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu all ruled out until next season.
Chelsea v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Manchester United will be hungry to regain the trophy they won in 2016, while Chelsea look to be a team on the ropes, following a poor end to the season.
Mourinho's side have not been thrilling in recent weeks, but they did enough to finish second in the league, and the Portuguese boss has made little secret of the fact that his eye has been on the final.
Antonio Conte is in a much different situation, his future at the club is under real threat after they missed out on the top four. Regardless of the result here, he looks to be heading for the exit door.
With that in mind, United's pragmatism should win the day here, and a victory for the Red Devils comes in at 8/5.
Given their injury concerns, and the fact that they may have to do without one of either Lukakau or Martial, this will not be easy for United, and they may have to wait until extra-time, with a Reds win in the extra period priced at 8/13.
United to win 2-0 at 10/1
Chelsea look spent for this season, and their final day performance against Newcastle seemed to underline that, as Conte's heads out of the club. United look far from their best, but they should have the experience both on the pitch and on the bench to lift the trophy.
Alexis Sanchez to score first at 13/2
Chile international Sanchez has played in two of the last three FA Cup finals for Arsenal, and scored in both of them. In the absence of Lukaku, he has played more centrally in recent weeks, and he will be United's primary goal threat at Wembley.