2018 FA Cup Final Match Preview, Betting Predictions and Tips
Chelsea ended the Premier League season on a sour note as they were beaten heavily at St.James’ Park on May 13th. Their final assignment of the season is the FA Cup final, where they will take on Manchester United, managed by former boss Jose Mourinho. That defeat also meant that the Blues missed out on a top-four position and a number of fans called for Antonio Conte to be dismissed as a result. The Italian insists he is staying at the club, although the likes of Maurizio Sarri have been linked with the position over the past couple of weeks. He has also suggested that if his side don’t improve, they have “no chance” of beating Manchester United.
Betway have priced the Red Devils up as the 8/5 favourites for this tie with Jose Mourinho’s side fancied to secure their first silverware of the season at Wembley. They ended the season with a 1-0 victory over Watford, although the Portuguese boss admitted his side may have been distracted by the prospect of this prestigious contest.
Eric Bailly impressed during their victory and he could be in line for a start on May 19th. He expertly marshalled the backline and United have kept consecutive clean sheets coming into this tie. Boylesports offer 3/1 for them to win to nil and it’s 5/6 for Both Teams to Score? No.
Those who aren’t as confident about United’s chances inside 90 minutes can back them to lift the trophy at 5/6.
Lukaku and Martial Hoping To Feature
Frenchman Anthony Martial’s future at the club is in doubt and he has been linked with a move to a number of top clubs across Europe this summer. He missed the Watford game due to an injury and remains a doubt for the FA Cup final.
He could be joined on the sidelines by Romelu Lukaku who may need to pass a late fitness test in order to feature against his former employers. The Belgian has struggled with injuries during the latter half of the season and Manchester United fans will be desperate for him to feature at Wembley. He is 5/1 to score the opener – although, a more sensible proposition could be backing Marcus Rashford to score anytime at 11/4. He is likely to play a major part if Lukaku isn’t deemed fit enough to take part.