Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Final Preview

On Saturday evening, Chelsea and Manchester United face off at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea heads into the final on the back of the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League top-four and a Champions League football for next season. There is speculation that the Blues underperformance this season could mean boss Antonio Conte leaving the club this summer.

However, if the Italian boss were to leave then winning the FA Cup would not be a bad leaving present for the former Juventus boss. The Blues made it to the final of this competition last season, only to suffer defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

The Blues have been pretty effective in this season’s competition, seeing off Norwich, Newcastle, Hull, Leicester and Southampton on their way to Wembley.

Manchester United had to settle for second place in the Premier League this season, with neighbours Manchester City dominating the English top-flight.

The Red Devils path to the final has been a more straightforward one, as Jose Mourinho’s side have beaten Derby, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Tottenham so far in the competition.

United have been highly effective at both ends of the field, as the Red Devils have scored at least two goals in each round, while also conceding just once in this season’s competition.

Team News

Chelsea look set to be without centre-back David Luiz, youngster Ethan Ampadu and also full-back Emerson Palmieri due to injury. Boss Conte has a difficult decision to make in attack between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

United have doubts over the fitness of forwards Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, as well as central midfielder Marouane Fellaini heading into this clash. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are competing for the two centre-back spots.

Prediction

This game has low-scoring draw written all over it, as neither side is in particularly good form heading into the clash and both will be cautious of attacking from the outset. I can see this game being decided in extra time or even penalty kicks when it is an absolute lottery.

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