Manchester United vs Chelsea preview, betting tips and prediction
Can Mourinho get one over on his former club?
Manchester United to win and BTTS @ 5/2 with Coral
Manchester United face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening at Wembley. Jose Mourinho has built his career on having a great record in finals and he will be out to add a third major trophy in just two years at Old Trafford, but in the way are his former club and one of his newest rivals, Antonio Conte. The Italian is expected to leave the Blues this summer whatever happens in this game, but his time in England will be remembered a lot more fondly if he can add the FA Cup to the Premier League title he won last year. Neither side have had overly successful campaigns, and Chelsea in particular are licking their wounds after a 3-0 loss at Newcastle on Sunday, which cost them a place in next season’s Champions League.
Mourinho is so good at this stage of competitions, and he led Chelsea to victory when these two sides met in the FA Cup final in 2007. He will be hoping Romelu Lukaku will be back fit to lead them to victory having spent the last few weeks on the sidelines through injury. Form wise, United have been poor on the pitch, but secured second place in the league with a draw at West Ham, their 19th clean sheet under Mourinho, and a win over Watford. We are backing United to win this one.
Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are both battling to start the final, but after inspiring Chelsea in the semi final against Southampton, Giroud will most likely start. He is among the favourites to score anytime, at 2/1, just the same as Lukaku, who is expected to be fit. The best value bet, though, could be Alexis Sanchez, at 5/2, because he is likely to start ahead of both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
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