FA Cup Final Preview & Betting Tips – 3rd June
This year’s FA Cup Final will see the two Manchester giants clash for the very first time in the nations showpiece cup final. There is also a lot more at stake than just local bragging rights too.
For Manchester City, it is the chance to take a second step on their way to a potential Treble of the top trophies of the season.
Having secured the Premier League, a win here would see City head off to Istanbul to face Inter Milan in the Champions League final knowing a win would ensure The Treble and match the achievements of that famous 1999 Manchester United side.
On the flip side of that, Erik Ten Hag and his Manchester United team is trying to emulate Liverpool of last season by claiming both the domestic cup competitions – having already beaten Newcastle United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup Final back in March.
A win for United would also ensure that City cannot match their famous treble of 1999 and United would remain the only Premier League club to have achieved the coveted trio of trophies in a single season.
So with that in mind, let’s take a quick look at how the two teams shape up for the final, before we give you our tips to back for the game.
What a very exciting final this promises to be and as a special preview we have a more in depth analysis of both teams for this game, and we will deal with each team in turn.
City’s Road To Wembley
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- 4th Round – v Arsenal (H) – W 1-0 (Ake 64)
- 5th Round – v Bristol City (A) – W 3-0 (Foden 7,74, De Bruyne 81)
- Quarter Finals – v Burnley (H) – W 6-0 (Haaland 32,35,59, Alvarez 62,73, Palmer 68)
- Semi Finals – v Sheff Utd (N) – W 3-0 (Mahrez 43pen, 61, 66)
City became the first team to claim a spot in the FA Cup Final without conceding a single goal on the way to the final. Furthermore, they have scored 17 goals in their five games, an average of over 3 goals per game.
Riyad Mahrez has netted five of those goals, with Haaland, Foden and Alvarez all scoring three apiece.
With wins in the opening two rounds against Chelsea and Arsenal, City have not had the easiest route to the final, but three games against Championship opponents in the latter rounds did enable them to progress very comfortably.
Manchester City Predicted XI – (4-3-3) – GK – Ederson, DR – Walker, DL – Ake, DC – Stones, DC – Dias, DMC – Rodri, MC – Gundogan, AMC – De Bruyne, AML – Grealish, AMR – Silva, AC – Haaland
United’s Road To Wembley
3rd Round – v Everton (H) – W 3-1 (Antony 4, Coady 52 OG, Rashford 90+7)
4th Round – v Reading (H) – W 3-1 (Casemiro 54,58, Fred 66)
5th Round – v West Ham (H) – W 3-1 (Aguerd og 77, Garnacho 90, Fred 90+5)
Quarter Finals – v Fulham (H) – W 3-1 (Fernandes 75pen,90+6, Sabitzer 77)
Semi Finals – v Brighton (N) – D 0-0 (won 7-6 on penalties)
United had a rather pleasing symmetry to their first four games in the FA Cup this season. All four were at home and all finished in a 3-1 win for United. The Red Devils coming on strong in the second half of all four of those games to land the win.
While it was plain sailing for United to the semi-final, it most certainly was not in that game against Brighton. For large parts of the game United were hanging on against the Seagulls who created plenty of chances but just could not chase them.
United were also guilty of missing some good chances and after extra time, the game went to penalties where both teams scored all their penalties until Solly March missed with Brighton’s 7th kick to send United through.
Manchester United Predicted XI – (4-2-3-1) – GK – De Gea, DR – Wan Bissaka, DL – Shaw, DC – Lindelof, DC – Varane, DMC – Eriksen, DMC – Casemiro, AMC – Fernandes, AMR – Antony, AML – Sancho, AC – Rashford
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