Wembley Stadium

19/05/2018 | 5:15 pm

Manchester United


Wembley Stadium

19/05/2018 | 5:15 pm

In a sentence:  The English domestic season ends with the FA Cup final, as both the Chelsea and Manchester United managers target one last shot at silencing their critics with silverware.

Last time: The pair have claimed a win apiece this season in the league, but the Red Devils boast the most recent bragging rights with a 2-1 win over the Blues at Old Trafford in February. Strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard cancelled out Willian’s first-half goal on that occasion.

This time: Chelsea are 19/10 to win with Manchester United at 8/5 and the draw 11/5. 

You might remember: The pair met in the first FA Cup final to be played at the new Wembley in 2007, when Jose Mourinho was in the Chelsea dugout. The match ended 0-0 before Didier Drogba scored in the 116th minute of extra-time to secure yet another Mourinho trophy.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Chelsea and Manchester United meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday, with both teams looking to end their disappointing seasons on a high

Fans of both clubs appear despondent with their sides’ seasons – despite United recording their first runners-up spot since the Ferguson era – but the FA Cup final offers a chance for redemption for both managers. Conte is likely on his way out of the Blues no matter what, but the FA Cup to add to his haul would be the perfect parting shot. For Mourinho, victory over his former side will surely silence his critics. With much at stake for both clubs, one of the FA Cup predictions will be for a game likened to a chess match before exploding into life.

Chelsea are 19/10 to win inside 90 minutes and that is a tempting price. The Blues have five FA Cup triumphs to their name this century and also reached the final last year. However, one sticking point has to be whether the players have manager Conte’s back with our FA Cup preview highlighting the issues the Italian may face without the support of his players.

Manchester United are 8/5 to win and with perennial winner Mourinho in your corner, it is hard to back against the Red Devils. Having won two knockout tournaments last season in the League Cup and Europa League, Mourinho knows how to win and that could be the defining factor in our football predictions preview.

The draw is 11/5 and that could be one of the best football betting tips for the weekend. Two of the last four FA Cup finals have ended a draw at the 90-minute mark and considering there have been seven draws between the two since 2012, another stalemate after 90 minutes is today’s football prediction.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is at 8/15 and despite ending their league campaigns in second and fifth respectively, of all the top six sides, both United and Chelsea have scored the least amount of goals – the Reds managed 68, while the Blues bagged just 62. Also, with notorious tactical defenders Conte and Mourinho in charge and with so much at stake, one of the football score predictions makes for a lack of real goalmouth action.   

Under 10 corners in the game is 21/20 and that is one of the more tactical and best football betting tips for this game. Four of Chelsea’s last five games have involved less than 10 corners, and this one should follow suit. 

Match Summary


Look out for:

A dull first half. Both managers have reputations for being predominantly defence-minded, and the onus for both sides will be to not go behind early on. This is highlighted by the fact that of the last seven goals that have been scored in head-to-heads between the two, only one has been in the first half. The score to be 0-0 at halftime is 11/8, and that is the likeliest of all football predictions.


We fancy:

Manchester United to win in extra-time is 10/1 and that is a superb price. It would certainly be a twist of fate, as Mourinho won the FA Cup by that method when he was in charge of Chelsea and the opponents were current club United.


It’s a long shot, but...

Manchester United to win 4-0 is 50/1. The Red Devils clearly have more attacking prowess with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, and the returning Romelu Lukaku – and United did beat Chelsea by that scoreline in the 1994 FA Cup final. 

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!