Tomorrow sees Chelsea take on Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, in the most prestigious domestic cup competition in world football, which is a game between two sides with a managerial “tactician” mastermind behind both teams, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho. Both of these men hold a long standing rivalry. Chelsea brought home the Premier League title in their first season (return for Mourinho), only for Antonio Conte to end up trophy-less in the second season. Unless they win tomorrow of course. Jose Mourinho found himself to be manager of Manchester United in the next season after previously being sacked, and Antonio Conte arrived the following season to win the league.
So, there’s no lack of comparisons between the two managers, and surely there will be no love lost once the game kick’s off and Jose Mourinho faces his former club in an FA Cup final. Antonio Conte looks to steer his side to some end of season silverware, in what many believe to be his last game managing Chelsea.
Manchester United finished 2nd in the Premier League, ensuring their place in the Champions League next season, whilst Chelsea finished fifth, relegating them to take part in the Europa League next season. The last time the two sides met was at Old Trafford and it finished 2-1 to Manchester United on the day with Jesse Lingard getting the winner in the 75th minute.
The teams are expected to line up as follows:
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Giroud
Manchester United 3-4-1-2
De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Pogba, Matic, Valencia, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez
As you can see, the two teams may field similar formations, with Manchester United opting with two strikers with Lingard playing in behind them, whilst Chelsea will flip to a sole striker with both Hazard and Willian playing behind the Frenchman Olivier Giroud.
These formations allow the use of wingback trailing back for both teams in defence, then ready to spring an attack down the flanks at any moment, with Moses and Alonso for the Blues and with Young and Valencia for the Red Devils, respectively.
Alexis Sanchez loves playing at Wembley and he has scored in each of his Wembley appearances over the years, but with a lot of pride on the line for Chelsea, this is not going to be a sure-fire Manchester United win, and we’re most definitely in for a tight match between two top sides.
Chelsea have two injuries in Luiz and Ampadu, whilst United are without Martial, Fellaini and even Lukaku remains a doubt, but he’s expected to start, with United harbouring no other major options in attack.
Chelsea lost in last years FA Cup final and will be looking to finish the job this time, whilst Mourinho seeks to have the last laugh in a season long feud with Antonio Conte which has been much publicised throughout the season.
Plenty of experts believe that this cup final will go to extra time and even penalties, whereas, we foresee a final score of 2-1 in regular time. But, just who will win it?
Over 2.5 goals
Final Score: 2-1 (to Chelsea or Manchester United) – bet-spread
Who are you betting on?
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