FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Manchester United Tips, Preview and Betting Offers – Rivals Aiming to Finish on High

Saturday sees the FA Cup final at Wembley, with the stadium hosting for potentially the final time under the stewardship of the FA. After a Premier League season dominated by Man City, and a European campaign vitalized by Liverpool, it feels like Chelsea and Man United are battling over scraps.

The world’s oldest cup competition isn’t held in the same regard any longer, with bigger financial rewards eclipsing it. However, given how this season has gone for managerial superstars Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, both could do with a trophy. The fact that they dislike each other only adds to the sense of occasion.

Now the domestic season’s all but over, it’s time to turn our attention to Russia. Check out the latest World Cup Betting Offers and Free Bets now!

Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Man United to win – 8/5 with Bet365
  • United & Under 2.5 – 15/4 with Coral

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Chelsea v Manchester United Preview – Heated Touchline Battle at Wembley

Since arriving on these shores in the summer of 2016, Antonio Conte has riled up Jose Mourinho with ease. The 4-0 drubbing of his Man United in October that year was seen as a catalyst for the problems between them which followed. Things have been different this season, with Conte on edge throughout the campaign, easily riled by taunts from Old Trafford, with Mourinho clearly sensing a chance to take advantage of cracks within the Stamford Bridge leadership.

It’s been a tumultuous campaign for the dethroned champions, who will play Europa League football next term, surely with a different manager taking charge. Conte’s time at the club has seemingly come to an end, with a failure to make the top four, following numerous failed pushes for a Champions League spot. The Blues have looked inept at times this season, going from a side who managed to beat Liverpool 1-0 to slipping up at home to Huddersfield days later.

They finished the campaign with a 3-0 loss at Newcastle, blowing any chance of making the top four. The way the season has unravelled in recent weeks and months shows huge issues for the Blues, but a lot of that stemmed from Conte’s inability to dramatically change approach at any stage. Given that came a season after his reintroduction of the three-man defence to English football, his shortcomings this season look even worse.

Of course, United still have to prepare for the side who beat Liverpool, a team who have quality and recent experience of winning big games. Given Mourinho’s, ‘football heritage’ rant this term, his side could come up short in the push for silverware. Will the top flight runners-up have problems against the side who just finished outside of the top four?

Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

Chelsea remain without David Luiz for this final, with the defender reportedly injured after his clash with Conte earlier this term. The Red Devils have a big injury doubt over Romelu Lukaku, as the striker seems to be out of Saturday’s clash after missing the end of the campaign. Michael Carrick is unlikely to start for United before his retirement, while Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial are dobuts ahead of their likely final game with the club.

Chelsea v Manchester United – Close Encounter Under the Arch

Man United do come in to this final as favourites, priced at 8/5 with Bet365. Meanwhile, the Blues are 19/10 with Betfair for a victory, while the draw can be backed at 21/10 with BetVictor. The Red Devils are clearly seen as the favourites for the trophy, which isn’t surprising given their manager has won 12 of his 14 appearances in a cup final. Meanwhile, his opposite number Conte has yet to win a domestic cup, losing in the final during both of his maiden seasons at Juventus and Chelsea. Can Mourinho continue his rival’s cup drought as a manager?

United will be relishing meeting Chelsea in this form, and the Red Devils have been grinding out solid results of late. The Chelsea camp doesn’t seem like a happy one, while Mourinho has been busy rotating his side to try and boost his charges’ chances of making it to Russia this summer, with defender Eric Bailly dropping out of the team due to his nation failing to qualify. Mourinho does have a way of getting his teams up for the biggest occasions, and we can see him doing that against his former club. We’re backing a United win at 8/5, along with a win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match at 15/4 with Coral.

Chelsea v Manchester United Head to Head Record


The Red Devils won the most recent encounter, which was a big setback for the Blues as they pushed for a spot in the Champions League. The Blues have won three straight home meetings, and they’ll hope meeting in London will boost their chances in the weekend’s clash.

  • Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea – Feb 2018, Premier League
  • Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United – Nov 2017, Premier League
  • Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea – Apr 2017, Premier League
  • Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United – Mar 2017, FA Cup
  • Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United – Oct 2016, Premier League

Recent Form


  • Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea – 13th May, Premier League
  • Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield – 9th May, Premier League
  • Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool – 6th May, Premier League
  • Swansea 0-1 Chelsea – 28th April, Premier League
  • Chelsea 2-0 Southampton – 22nd April, FA Cup

Man United

  • Man United 1-0 Watford – 13th May, Premier League
  • West Ham 0-0 Man United – 10th May, Premier League
  • Brighton 1-0 Man United – 4th May, Premier League
  • Man United 2-1 Arsenal – 29th April, Premier League
  • Man United 2-1 Tottenham – 21st April, FA Cup