Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho face off at Wembley as Chelsea and Manchester United go head to head for FA Cup glory.
With the Premier League season over, the FA Cup represents the last – and only – remaining chance of silverware for both clubs. United finished second but disappointed in Europe, while Chelsea will play in the Europa League next season after missing out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish.
Mourinho would love to win a trophy at the national stadium against his former club, while Conte could be looking to sign off in style with Italian increasingly likely to leave the west London club this summer.
David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater remain sidelined for Chelsea, though it would be unlikely for either to start against United regardless.
Alexis Sanchez has returned to fitness for Man United, but Romelu Lukaku remains a doubt with an ankle injury.
Chelsea likely starting XI:
Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Giroud
Manchester United likely starting XI:
De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Sanchez
I predict Manchester United to win the FA Cup because Mourinho is very desperate when it comes to finals, in contrast to Chelsea who lost the same final to rivals Arsenal the previous year.
Furthermore, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has not been strategic enough with his starting XI in the last three matches between both clubs and some of his key players are suffering from fatigue, most notably Hazard.
The two teams have down well for themselves and deserve to be in the final.
The teams have met twice before in the FA Cup Final, winning one each between them. The first was in 1994, which Manchester United won 4–0, and the most recent was in 2007, which Chelsea, then managed by current Manchester United boss José Mourinho, won 1–0 after extra time.
So let’s see who will break that jinx come this Saturday. I wish the two teams best of luck.
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