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Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Final Tips, Preview and Live Stream - United to lift FA Cup

  • Chelsea v Manchester United kicks off at 02.15am AEST on Sunday
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Jose Mourinho

Will Jose Mourinho continue his outstanding form in major cup finals by leading Manchester United to a record-equalling FA Cup success, or can Chelsea hand Antonio Conte silverware in what could be his final match as manager of the Blues?

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Prediction


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Antonio Conte’s sophomore season in English football has not gone well and if the rumours are true, Saturday’s FA Cup Final showdown with Manchester United could be his final appearance as Chelsea manager. The Italian’s first campaign was a highly successful one as he led his team to the Premier League title and an FA Cup Final appearance, but 2017/18 has been a completely different story and that has resulted in months of speculation that he could be on his way at the end of the season.

Chelsea gave up the crown of English champions without much of a fight, finishing 30 points behind winners Manchester City, and they missed out on securing a top-four finish and Champions League football when they followed up a disappointing draw at home to Huddersfield Town with a dreadful 3-0 defeat up at Newcastle United on the final day of the season. Fans have been calling for Conte’s head since that loss at St James’ Park, so could this be his last stand?

Winning the FA Cup in his final outing as Chelsea boss would be a good way for Conte to bow out, but he finds himself coming up against a man who has a sterling record when it comes to major cup final appearances.

Jose Mourinho has lifted silverware wherever he has been and that is no real surprise when you consider the Manchester United manager’s record in big cup finals. The ex-Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss has led clubs to 14 major cup finals during his career and only twice as he failed to lift the trophy at the end of the match. Last season he led United to glory in both the League Cup and the Europa League, and while they will not be lifting two trophies this time around it has to be said that the Red Devils have improved in 2017/18.

United finished down in sixth place in the 2016/17 Premier League, but they have turned this around this season, collecting 12 more points to finish second. Finishing runners-up behind the ‘noisy neighbours’ is not something that the club and the fans will want to celebrate, but it does show that they are heading into the right direction and signing off with a trophy would be a fitting end to the campaign for Manchester United. But can they get the better of Chelsea on Sunday?

Conte has had a slight edge over Mourinho since arriving in England, winning three of their five competitive encounters, but Chelsea go into this match on a real downer having thrown away their chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League with a couple of poor showings. United are hardly in fantastic form, but they have repeatedly shown their ability to grind out results and it is hard to ignore Mourinho’s remarkable record in major cup finals. Therefore I simply have to go with Manchester United to win at Wembley and I expect to see them grind out a win in 90 minutes.

I am also backing Alexis Sanchez to play a goal-scoring role for the winners. The Chilean has hardly set the world alight since his January move from Arsenal, but he has shown flashes of his best and he is now heading back to a stadium where he has enjoyed great success in recent years. Sanchez scored in both the semi-finals and the final as Arsenal won the 2015 and 2017 FA Cups, and he was also on target as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals last month. In all, the former Arsenal man has netted eight times here for club and country, and I would not be surprised to see number nine come on Saturday evening.

Match Odds


Chelsea - $2.88
Manchester United - $2.50
Draw - $3.00

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