FA Cup Preview - Chelsea vs Manchester United 20 May 18

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FA Cup Final
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Sunday, May 20th, 2018
01:15 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W D L
FA Cup Average goals per match: 2.00
FA Cup Average goals against per match: 0.33
FA Cup Top Scorer: Willian, Pedro, Giroud & Morata (2)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W L D W
FA Cup Average goals per match: 2.40
FA Cup Average goals against per match: 0.20
FA Cup Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (5)

This weekend sees the culmination of this year's FA Cup competition, as two of the traditional giants of the English game battle it out at Wembley Stadium to get their hands on the famous old trophy. It's Chelsea vs Manchester United as Antonio Conté and Jose Mourinho lock horns.

Conté looks like being without Emerson in addition to David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu. It will be up front and in midfield where he faces his biggest selection decisions though. Should Willian start over the out of form Bakayoko, this may well be a more entertaining game. As far as front men go, it looks to be a straight choice between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

Romelu Lukaku will be given every chance to return to the line-up following his ankle injury, but has not yet been confirmed as being available for the game. Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini are the other possible absentees for Manchester United.

Neither of these managers are exactly renowned for their swashbuckling tactics. The best thing from the neutrals point of view would be an early goal in order to open the game up a bit. Barring that though, we see this being a tight affair, with extra time and penalties looking like the most likely result.

Prediction: Chelsea 1 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  6 - 18
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 9
Possession: 34% - 66%

Referee Michael Oliver booked three at Wembley. Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia seeing yellow for Manchester United and Thibaut Courtois doing likewise for Chelsea.

This one went pretty much to script in terms of how the game was played, with defences coming out on top for much of the contest. Chelsea's relatively early goal gave them something to hold on to though and United were simply unable to break them down.

It was soon apparent that Eden Hazard had the beating of Phil Jones who seemed to have been set the task of keeping him in check. Beating his marker to fire in a shot on goal that was well saved by David de Gea at the near post in the early exchanges, it was another Hazard burst from midfield that led to the opening goal in the 21st minute.

Killing Jones for pace, the Belgian burst into the right-hand side of the United box. Jones' despairing lunge only succeeding in bringing Hazard down, leaving the referee with little choice but to point to the spot. Hazard himself stepping up to calmly side-foot into the bottom right hand corner. 1-0 at the break.

United did have the better of the chances in the second period as they pushed for a way back into the game. After 63 minutes they had the ball in the net. Thibaut Courtois palming out a Jones header to Alexis Sanchez who fired the rebound in. The linesman's flag chalked the effort out for offside though.

And that's really as close as United came, with Rashford and Pogba spurning their remaining chances.

A trophy-less season for United then, much to the all to visible irritation of Jose Mourinho.

It's Chelsea who are the FA Cup Champions for 2018. Whether Antonio Conté stays or goes, at least the Blues have finished the season on a high.

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