Regardless of the result in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening, both Chelsea and Manchester United will look back at what has been an underwhelming season. United have undoubtedly had the more promising one, though, and they are looking to add silverware after finishing as runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Reds have improved all aspects of their statistics this season and achieved their best points total and finishing berth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Even with 81 points they finished 19 behind City and have frustrated their fanbase with some disappointing displays, particularly against bottom-half opposition. Unlike Chelsea they have qualified for next season’s Champions League, however, and head to Wembley having lost just one of their last six.



Given his recent criticism of fringe players like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, it is very likely that Jose Mourinho will opt for the same 4-3-3 line-up that saw off Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final; that is, of course, if Romelu Lukaku recovers from the injury that saw him miss the end of the league fixtures.

Chelsea are, in contrast, enduring a poor spell and the FA Cup Final is looking like being Antonio Conte’s final match in charge. The Italian has looked frustrated for large parts of the season and his side’s 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the last day of the season was worrying for the complete apathy that was shown, particularly with a top four place still mathematically possible before kick-off.

A similar level of performance in Saturday’s Cup final would almost certainly end in defeat for the Blues, as was the case last year to Arsenal. However, Chelsea are at 2.95 to beat United in normal time at Wembley. Extra-time – as was the case in the 2007 FA Cup Final between these two teams – is rated at 2.65 to take place. When it comes to lifting the trophy outright, United are 1.75 to their opponents’ 1.95.