Manchester United will face Chelsea in the 2018 FA Cup final on May 19th and backing Jose Mourinho’s side to emerge victorious at Wembley Stadium may prove prudent.
The Red Devils won this competition two years ago and success on Saturday will see United move level with Arsenal for the joint-most FA Cup triumphs.
Mourinho’s men finished second in the Premier League; a whole 19 points behind arch rivals Manchester City. Being the ‘best of the rest’ was important for United this season but an FA Cup success is just as important.
As of May 18th, the Red Devils are 7/4 to emerge victorious inside 90 minutes and the form guide is in United’s favour.
United secured a 2-1 victory against Chelsea back in February and a repeat of that score line is available at 10/1 in 888sport’s latest FA Cup odds.
Mourinho will want to silence his critics after a difficult couple of months and a win against his former club would taste very sweet indeed. The Red Devils will be desperate to secure another piece of silverware after winning two trophies last season.
Chelsea have failed to inspire confidence so far this season – the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League table.
Missing out on the Champions League could prove fatal for Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge career; the Blues are now out at EVS to lift the trophy. If United are too defensive, Chelsea could prosper later in the contest.
That devastating 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the final day of the season was hurtful for Chelsea’s confidence and an early goal for the Red Devils could prove decisive.
I fancy a slow start to the game – the FA Cup final is usually cagey. Under 0.5 goals in the first half is available at 6/4 looks like one of the best bets ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Knowing Mourinho, United could set up to keep this one relatively tight and the under 2.5 goals looks well priced at 4/7.
This has landed in three of the previous four games between these two teams and another close affair awaits. FA Cup finals are notoriously tough to call and it would take a brave man to back an outright winner. This one could go either way.
Romelu Lukaku will undergo a late fitness test and the Belgium man could play a pivotal role if he is fit enough to start. Like Mourinho, he also has history with Chelsea and he will want to make a positive impact.
United’s main man is 49/20 to score anytime and punters will be keen to back Lukaku to get his name on the scoresheet.
Of the two teams, Manchester United are perhaps better placed to go on and lift the FA Cup on Saturday evening. It is almost impossible to put too much faith in Chelsea at this moment in time and it could be a comfortable evening for the Red Devils.
2/1 for United to score two or more goals is well worth backing. Chelsea are far too open and an early strike for United could set the tone for Wembley’s showpiece.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*