This weekend sees Manchester United and Chelsea clash at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final. The two sides have battled their way through the competition since the Third Round in January to earn a place at the showpiece final, which will kick off at 5.15pm on Saturday 19th May and will be beamed live to hundreds of millions globally.
The game always attracts a rush of betting and if you want to enjoy some of the best markets available on the match then take a look at what bet365 Sports has to offer with its wide range of bets available on the game, including some less familiar markets as well as all the most popular ones.
In this preview, we are going to take a look at how the two teams match up and then look at some of our top tips for the game across some of its most popular and best value markets with bet365.
FA Cup Final Preview
- Chelsea v Manchester United
- Venue – Wembley Stadium
- Date – Saturday 19th May
- Kick Off – 5.15pm
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Live – BBC One and BT Sport
How the teams reached Wembley
- 3rd Round – (A) v Norwich City – D 0-0
- 3rd Round Replay – (H) v Norwich City – D 1-1 – Batshuayi 55 (won 5-3 on pens)
- 4th Round – (H) v Newcastle – W 3-0 – Batshuayi 31, 44, Marcos Alonso 72
- 5th Round – (H) v Hull City – W 4-0 – Willian 2,32, Pedro 27, Giroud 42
- Quarterfinals – (A) v Leicester – W 2-1 (aet) – Morata 42, Pedro 105
- Semifinals – (N) v Southampton – W 2-0 – Giroud 46, Morata 82
- 3rd Round – (H) v Derby County – W 2-0 – Lingard 84, Lukaku 90
- 4th Round – (A) v Yeovil Town – W 4-0 – Rashford 41, Herrera 61, Lingard 89, Lukaku 90
- 5th Round – (A) v Huddersfield – W 2-0 – Lukaku 3, 55
- Quarterfinals – (H) v Brighton – W 2-0 – Lukaku 37, Matic 83
- Semifinals – (N) – Tottenham – W 2-1 – Sanchez 24, Herrera 62
How the Teams fared in the Premier League this season
- 5th November 2017 – Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (Morata 55)
- 25th February 2018 – Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea (Lukaku 39, Lingard 75) (Willian 32)
Manchester United – United come into this game having won just one of their last three games and having scored just one goal in their last 270 minutes of Premier League action. Prior to that, United had won four in a row and that form pretty much secured them second spot in the Premier League. Despite that, Jose Mourinho will know that only a win here will stop this season from being a poor one in many United followers’ eyes. United have conceded just once in the FA Cup so far this season and have netted at least two goals in each of their ties so far.
Chelsea – Up until last week, Chelsea had been on a decent run of form, wins over Southampton, Burnley, Swansea and Liverpool had moved them into position for a last gasp chance to snatch a top four spot, but a draw with Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge, followed by a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on the final day sealed their fate. Their form this season is equally patchy with 10 league defeats a real disappointment. Their FA Cup form is better, though they did require a replay and penalties to beat Norwich in the third round and extra time to defeat Leicester in the quarterfinals.
The main injury concern for Manchester United surrounds striker Romelu Lukaku who is reportedly touch and go as to whether he will be fit to start for United or whether he will only be able to start from the bench. If the Belgian isn’t to play from the start, then expect Marcus Rashford to deputise as Mourinho keeps faith with his 4-3-3 formation.
Chelsea’s biggest issue is who to select in goal and in defence. Willy Caballero has kept goal in all Chelsea’s FA Cup games this season but Thibaut Courtois is the clubs number 1 and will Conte bring him in for this crucial final? Another issue is in central defence where it seems to be a race between Rudiger, Cahill and Christensen for the two available places alongside Azpilicueta in central defence. Up front, Giroud’s form of late should ensure the Frenchman starts ahead of Alvaro Morata.
Probable Manchester United Team
- David De Gea (Gk)
- Antonio Valencia (Dr) Captain
- Ashley Young (Dl)
- Chris Smalling (Dc)
- Phil Jones (Dc)
- Ander Herrera (DMc)
- Nemanja Matic (DMc)
- Paul Pogba (Mc)
- Alexis Sanchez (AMr)
- Jesse Lingard (AMl)
- Romelu Lukaku (Ac)
Probable Chelsea Team
- Willy Caballero (Gk)
- Victor Moses (DMr)
- Marcos Alonso (DMl)
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Dc)
- Anders Christensen (Dc)
- Gary Cahill (Dc) Captain
- Ngolo Kante (Mc)
- Cesc Fabregas (Mc)
- Willian (AMrc)
- Eden Hazard (AMlc)
- Olivier Giroud (Ac)
Our Top FA Cup Final Tips
Full Time Result – Draw – 3.20 with bet365
Will it be Chelsea or Manchester United who lift the trophy? Well I’m not sure as my opinion is that at the end of ninety minutes of play both sides will likely be level. I think they are well-matched and while United are more steady and consistent, I think Chelsea have the better flair players who can turn big games with one moment of magic. As such, and with this being on a neutral ground for both teams, I feel that a draw is the sensible selection here.
Correct Score – Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United (at full time) – 6.00 with bet365
With me predicting the outcome of this game at 90 minutes full time being a draw, the question is what draw do I think it will be. I think the obvious choice here is also the right one in a 1-1 draw (6.00 with bet365). I do think United and Chelsea have enough attacking flair to find the net once apiece in normal time, but I think defensively both sides are usually solid and as such, I think it may require extra time or even penalties to decide the winner.
First Goalscorer – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – 7.00 with bet365
There are certain players that tend to show up big in big matches for their team and over the years, Olivier Giroud has proved a habit of doing that for Arsenal and now Chelsea. He came on to nab two goals to fire Chelsea to victory over Southampton recently and followed that up with the winner against Liverpool. He seems to have fought off Alvaro Morata for the lone striker role for the time being and he is confident and in good goalscoring form. At odds of 7.00 with bet365, I think Giroud is an excellent bet as first goalscorer.