Kick-off: Saturday, May 19, 2018. 16:15 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium
The FA Cup final for Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United is finally here as both teams look to end the season with a piece of silverware in what has been a trophyless campaign for the two clubs.
Chelsea had to overcome Southampton in the semifinal, while United defeated Tottenham.
United are chasing a record-equalling 13th Cup title, which would put them level with Arsenal as the most successful team in the competition’s history, while Chelsea, who last won the FA Cup in 2012, will attempt to lift the trophy for the eighth time.
United narrowly came out on top when the sides last met in February, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford, but the Blues edged out as 1-0 victors at Stamford Bridge last November.
Chelsea’s league form of late is a cause for concern as the Blues could only get a point in their last two games, despite the games being must-win games, and the Blues lost their last league game of the season 3-0 away at Newcastle.
This is the third time these sides have met in the FA Cup final, making it the joint-most played final in the history of the competition, and of the previous two, United won 4-0 in 1994 as part of their first top-flight and FA Cup double, while Chelsea won 1-0 in 2007 in the first final played at the new Wembley Stadium.
In all FA Cup meetings, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four against United (W3 D1), since a 2-0 loss in a quarter-final replay in 1998-99.
Both teams have a good defence heading into the final. Dele Alli’s strike for Spurs in the semi-final is the only goal United have conceded in the competition this season. Meanwhile, the Blues have conceded just twice in the competition this season – against Norwich in the third round and Leicester in the quarter-finals.
It promises to be an entertaining cup final, and while the odds are on Jose Mourinho’s men to win, I’m backing Chelsea to win this for Conte.