Odds on Manchester United to beat Chelsea FA Cup Final 2018-05-18916th May 2018 / lee
It is the FA Cup final on Saturday from Wembley with Chelsea taking on Manchester United. Chelsea reached last season’s FA Cup final and they were favourites to win that game against rivals Arsenal but they ended up taking a 2-1 loss. Can they make up for that as well as putting a little bit of shine on what has been a disappointing season for them by taking down the Red Devils on the weekend? Just as it is for Chelsea this is Manchester United’s only shot at a piece of silverware this season will they be able to follow up on their 2016 FA cup victory?
Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Final odds*
Manchester United 8/5, Chelsea 19/10, Draw 11/5
This is a repeat of the 2006/07 FA Cup final which Chelsea won 1-0 in extra time against the Red Devils. That was incidentally, the first FA Cup final to be hosted at the new Wembley Stadium. However, in the overall head-to-head between Chelsea and Manchester United from previous FA Cup matches it is the Red Devils who are ahead 8-4 with two drawn matches. Manchester United have won the FA Cup 12 times before in their history from 19 previous final appearances while Chelsea have won the tournament seven times from 12 previous final appearances.
It has been a bit of a strange season from Chelsea as their Premier League title defence never really got going. They just were not as strong or as united as they were last season and the telling summer sales of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic really left a considerable hole in the Chelsea team. The Blues do look to be struggling upfront in terms of lacking a really reliable heavyweight, world-class, out and out goalscorer. Alvaro Morata was brought in to replace Costa but he has not delivered the same kind of grit and fight and finishing quality that Costa brings to the table.
Chelsea still generally enjoy plenty of possession in games and are all right in building up a head of steam but in and around the box they just look a little bit lightweight. It may well be Olivier Giroud who gets the nod to start the game up front for the Blues. Chelsea produced a four-match winning streak in the Premier League to get themselves in the hunt for a top-four finish. But then their form just crashed as they could only manage a 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield and they produced a shocker of a performance in their 3-0 loss at Newcastle on the final day of the season.
The Blues just do not look sharp going forward and they do appear to be a little bit vulnerable at the back. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). Three of the last four FA Cup finals that Chelsea have been involved in have all ended under the goal-line each of those being 1-0 success for the Blues. However, this time around Chelsea are underdogs under the challenge of Manchester United.
The Red Devils finished strong for the season winning 10 of their final 14 games in all competitions (D3 L1). So that’s the kind of form that you can’t really argue with and you know that they are going to turn up at Wembley and try to stay as tight and as organised as they possibly can. It is not too often this season that we have seen Manchester United open up and really take initiative in games. Even though their defence really is nothing great they have a huge bonus of having David de Gea between the sticks.
The Spaniard has had another tremendous season and really carries United’s defensive record on his shoulders. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester United one-nil result is at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). This is just United’s third FA Cup final appearance at the new Wembley Stadium, losing as mentioned above to Chelsea in 2007, before beating Crystal Palace in the 2016 final. While Manchester United haven’t played with any swagger or style this season they have still managed to produce. They have scored well enough to suggest that they can open up a fragile Chelsea defence.
However, they are waiting on the fitness of top scorer Romelu Lukaku for the FA Cup final, as the Belgian missed United’s end of season Premier league run in through injury. During the Premier League season, Manchester United and Chelsea traded home wins and Manchester United trail 2-3 in the recent head to head against the Blues. The feel of this FA Cup final is that it is going to be a low scoring affair and in tight scraps, Manchester United generally find a way to pull themselves through. It is the Red Devils who look the most value go and get their hands on the famous silverware on the weekend.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!