It’s the battle of the big guns at Wembley on Sunday morning (AEST), as Chelsea face Manchester United in an FA Cup Final of epic proportions.
Can Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho upstage his former club? Or will Antonio Conte – rumoured to be on his way out of Chelsea – make up for last season’s shock FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal?
Manchester United are slight favourites with the bookies going into this clash, although in truth both teams look fairly evenly matched. United may have some injury concerns heading into the Wembley showdown, however, with Anthony Martial struggling to shake off a knee injury, although key striker – and one-time Chelsea man – Romelu Lukaku is expected to start, even if he’s not fully fit.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian has been struggling to overcome a back injury of late, however reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero has played in every FA Cup round to date and may be preferred in goal.
Lukaku joins Chelsea strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata as the short-price favourites for the game’s first goal scorer, although a player not quoted enjoys even shorter odds still at the time of writing.
Neither of these sides is likely to be fazed by the trip to Wembley for this showpiece event. Manchester United last won the FA Cup with a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in 2016, before Chelsea went down to Arsenal by the same scoreline last year – in what was a shock result for the Blues.
The Blues made heavy work of reaching the final, needing a penalty shoot-out and extra-time in two of their fixtures en route to booking a Wembley decider.
Manchester United were barely tested on the way to Wembley, although they had to overcome an early deficit in a hard-fought semi-final showdown with local favourites Tottenham.