Kick Off: 1730, 19/05/2018
TV: BBC/BT Sport
Manchester United are fancied to secure a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph when taking on Chelsea at Wembley.
The decider promises to be a close encounter, but we’re on the Red Devils to prevail in normal time at 17/10 for our Chelsea vs Man Utd betting predictions.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Eden Hazard was in inspired form as Chelsea brushed aside Southampton to reach the final for the second straight season.
With the Belgium playmaker pulling the strings throughout, Olivier Giroud showed impressive composure to fire the Blues in front and substitute Alvaro Morata added a late header.
Antonio Conte’s side received a lucky break when a foul was called against Charlie Austin after Willy Caballero dropped a high ball over his own line, but they were worthy winners.
However, the Italian knows United will provide a sterner test as the Blues seek to avoid a repeat of last year’s final disappointment, especially after ending the Premier League campaign in such disappointing fashion.
Chelsea blew their chances of finishing in the top four when drawing 1-1 at home to Huddersfield and then losing 3-0 at Newcastle.
“For sure, we must change, because if we think we can play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup, we don’t have a chance,” moaned Conte after being hammered by the Magpies.
The Blues lost 2-1 to the Gunners 12 months ago and went down by the same scoreline at Old Trafford when last facing United in February.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could play in the FA Cup for the first time this season, as Caballero did not convince when deputising in the Premier League draw with Huddersfield.
Full-back Emerson Palmieri (undisclosed) has joined defenders David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) in being ruled out injured.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United had to weather an early storm and come from behind to beat Chelsea in that Premier League encounter and it was a similar story versus Tottenham in the semi-final of this competition.
Spurs dominated the opening exchanges and went ahead through Dele Alli on 11 minutes, but Jose Mourinho’s men dug deep and rallied bravely, responding with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.
“If you look at games we have played against the top six, we have won a lot of them, so when we played against Tottenham we were confident as well,” commented Romelu Lukaku. “We have to keep going like that.”
Once overcoming that early onslaught, United looked rock-solid against Spurs and were very much in control throughout the second period.
We reckon they can come on strong as the game progresses again here, so 5/1 for a draw at half-time and then the Red Devils to win completes our Chelsea vs Man Utd betting tips.
Lukaku needs a late fitness as he faces a race against time to recover from an ankle injury, but Anthony Martial has shaken off a knee problem.
FA Cup semi-final results:
CHELSEA 2-0 Southampton – Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata
MAN UTD 2-1 Tottenham – Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera
Head-to-head: Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd, Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd, Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd
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