FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs Man Utd | Team News | Expected XI’s | Prediction | Betting

By on May 19, 2018

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Chelsea and Manchester United will contest the 2017/18 FA Cup final at Wembley this evening.

United finished second in the Premier League but it was largely a frustrating campaign as they ended-up a distant 19-points adrift of run-away champions Manchester City.

The Red Devils also crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage so Jose Mourinho is under pressure to win the FA Cup and prevent this season being deemed a failure.

Antonio Conte is also feeling the heat amid on-going speculation the Italian boss will leave Chelsea this summer after missing out on Champions League qualification.

Conte still has another year left to run on his contract but even victory today might not be enough to see him remain in charge next season as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems determined to make yet another managerial change.

Team news

The Blues will continue to be without David Luiz due to a long-term knee injury while Emerson Palmieri has been ruled out with a muscle injury.

Willy Caballero has played in every round of the FA Cup so far this season but Conte is being tipped to start Thibaut Courtois between the sticks today.

United will hand a late fitness test to Romelu Lukaku as the striker bids to return from an ankle injury that’s kept him out for the last three matches.

Anthony Martial has been passed fit after missing the win over Watford last week with a minor knee injury.  David De Gea will start in goal with Sergio Romero missing out.

Expected line-ups

Predicted Score

Chelsea 1-2 Man Utd: United are bidding to win the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time while Chelsea will be looking to make-up for losing last years final to Arsenal. Both sides come in to the match in decent form but I think United have the edge. Mourinho just knows how to win these games and I have a feeling the Reds will take it with a narrow 2-1 win.

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