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Chelsea – Manchester United (FA Cup)

The Premier League is over and Manchester United and Chelsea play their last official match this season, with the FA Cup in contention on Saturday at Wembley. Manchester United finished the Premier League season in 2nd place and this is Mourinho’s last chance to avoid finishing the season without winning a single title. Chelsea, on their turn, fell short on expectations and were unable to gain access to the Champions League next season.

Chelsea had to eliminate Norwich City, Newcastle, Hull City, Leicester City and Southampton to get here, and if the Blues manage to beat Manchester United here, it would be the 8th time that they win the FA Cup. The last time the north London side won this competition was in 2011/12, and since then the closest they have been to win it again was last season, but lost in the final against Arsenal. The team played 6 matches in this competition, they draw against Norwich City and it was necessary to play tie-breaker, and they have scored 12 goals in those 6 matches, conceding just 2 in the process. This should be Antonio Conte’s last season as Chelsea coach, so it is to expect that he will want to leave the club in the best way possible.

The Blues adopt possession football style, they take a lot of shots and usually attack through the middle or through the right wing. The Blues are strong in counter-attacks, offensive set-pieces and in creating scoring chances through individual skill, with Hazard and Willian being both technically very gifted, and capable of making the difference. David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu are both ruled out for Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Probable Lineup: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Cahill and Rudiger – Moses, Fàbregas, Kanté and Alonso – Hazard and Willian – Morata.

facupManchester United, on their turn, had to eliminate Derby County, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Tottenham to get here, and the team are now very close to get the only title within their reach this season. The Red Devils have won the FA Cup for 12th time in 2015/16, and if they win it again here, they would match Arsenal as the team with most titles in this competition. Their record this season in this competition is almost perfect, they have won all the 5 matches and scored 12 goals, conceding only 1 in the process, and that single goal was conceded against Tottenham in the semi-final.

Mourinho’s men finished the league in 2nd place, they were the 2nd team with fewer goals conceded and were the 5th team with more goals scored. This is the last opportunity for Manchester United to avoid finishing the season without any titles. The Red Devils also adopt a possession football style and try to control the game in the opposition’s half, they take a lot of shots and attempt trough balls often. Mourinho’s men are also very strong in coming back from losing positions, in attacking down the wings, offensive and defensive set-pieces, and are lethal in counter-attacks. Manchester United have won their last seven cup matches at Wembley and Jose Mourinho will be determined to have the last laugh in his feud with Conte.

Probable Lineup: Gea – Bailly, Smalling and Jones – Matic, Pogba, Young and Valencia – Lingard – Sánchez and Lukaku.

Chelsea have won 4 of their last 8 direct clashes against Manchester United, tying 2 and losing other 2.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
Premier League 2017/18
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Premier League 2017/18
Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
Premier League 2016/17
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
FA Cup 16/17
Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United
Premier League 2016/17
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Premier League 2015/16
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
Premier League 2015/16
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Premier League 2014/15

This is a match where both teams will enter at full strength in order to win the only title that is within their reach at this final stage of the season. These are two formations very well organized at the back and with very great individualities, making this a tight encounter. Still, the Red Devils managed to beat all the teams in the top-6 of the Premier League in this final stretch of the season, and it is expected that the Portuguese coach add another trophy to his club’s vast trophy room.

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  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • City: Londres
  • Establishment: 1905

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  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • City: Manchester
  • Establishment: 1878

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