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Manchester United vs Chelsea | FA Cup Final Preview

Man United vs Chelsea | FA Cup Final Preview

Manchester United vs Chelsea, betting tips and match preview

The last game for the 2017/18 footballing season is on at the weekend as Manchester United lock horns with Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

The match is going to be broadcast live in many countries and football lovers can follow it online and tip their favourite team to win by placing bets....

The last game for the 2017/18 footballing season is on at the weekend as Manchester United lock horns with Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. The match is going to be broadcast live in many countries and football lovers can follow it online and tip their favourite team to win by placing bets at www.bonuscodeuk.com/bet365-bonus-code-2018. With both managers needing to prove a point before they start pre-season friendlies, let’s take a look at how the match is likely to pan out.

Chelsea

Chelsea featured in last season’s FA Cup Final when they took on Arsenal soon after claiming the Premier League title. With odds heavily stacked in favour for Chelsea, Chelsea somehow looked disinterested in the match possibly because they had partied too much before the match. It’s a different ball game this time around, however, as a loss will mean that Chelsea will end the season trophyless having failed to defend their Premier League title and having fallen by the wayside in both the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager has is heavily tipped by the bookmakers to leave the club at the end of the season. Having fallen out with club management in the summer of 2017 over transfers, Conte has looked a shadow of his former self on the touchline this season. However, even if this is going to be his last game in charge of Chelsea, he would want it to end in style by winning the oldest trophy in England.

Conte’s team finished the Premier League season on a high (bar the last 3-0 away loss to Newcastle) winning 5 of their last 6 matches. The impressive run coincided with a change in formation from a 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2 formation. It’s highly likely that Conte is going to use this formation in the Final. Putting five players in the midfield has helped Chelsea to dominate games. N’golo Kante sitting deep allows Cesc Fabregas and Tiemmoue Bakayoko to bomb forward from time to time. With more possession, Chelsea also allows Eden Hazard more time on the ball to penetrate the oppositions’ defence.

The other important factor in Chelsea’s rise has been the impressive performances of Olivier Giroud. Giroud is able to protect the ball when he receives it and brings Eden Hazard and other midfield players into the game. Giroud also gives the Chelsea attack something to aim for in the box especially the wingbacks Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso when they whip in the crosses. Giroud also gives Chelsea the physicality they need when playing teams that are physical as is Manchester United.

The biggest concern before the match, however, is Conte’s record in knockout tournaments. Conte is known to be a great tactician in league games as seen by his dominance when he was at Juventus but is found wanting in knockout tournaments.

Probable starting line-up- Thibaut Courtois (GK), Antonio Rudiger (CB), Andreas Christensen (CB), Caesar Azpilicueta (CB), Victor Moses (RWB), N’golo Kante (CDM), Cesc Fabregas (CM), Tiemmoue Bakayoko (CM), Marcos Alonso (LWB), Eden Hazard (CAM), Olivier Giroud (CF).

Manchester United

Manchester United were FC Cup winners a couple of years ago and they along with Arsenal are the most successful teams in the FA Cup. This means that they do have the experience and with Jose Mourinho, they do have a manager who knows how to win one-off matches.

For the entire 2017/18 season, Mourinho has been employing the 4-2-3-1 formation and it’s a given that this is the same system Mourinho is going to employ. The most important player for Mourinho in this match will not be an outfield player but David Ge Gea, the goalkeeper who has been in outstanding form. If De Gea is in top shape on the day, then Manchester United’s chances of lifting the Cup increase exponentially.

Of the outfield players, Mourinho will want his two sitting midfielders Nemanja Matic and Paul Pobga to shield the defence as best as they can. Not only will Pobga be tasked with protecting the defence, he needs to provide those diagonal passes from high up the field. Winning the midfield battle against Chelsea’s N’golo Kante, Tiemmoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas will be the difference between winning and losing.

Upfront, Manchester United needs to ensure that its players manage to create enough chances and score the goals. Romelu Lukaku if fit will start the game but if not then Alexis Sanchez will have to lead the line. Whoever starts upfront needs to be clinical whenever a chance comes up. On the flanks, Manchester United needs to make sure that they spread the game in order to draw out Chelsea’s midfield players. This means it’s better for Manchester United to start with out and out wingers.

Probable starting line-up- David De Gea (GK), Antonio Valencia (RB), Phil Jones (CB), Chris Smalling (CB), Ashley Young (LB), Nemanja Matic (CDM), Paul Pobga (CDM), Marcus Rashford (RW), Alexis Sanchez (LW), Jesse Lingard (CAM), Romelu Lukaku (CF).

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