2018 FA Cup Final Preview. Chelsea v Manchester United

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford May 19, 2018 16:35

2018 FA Cup Final Preview. Chelsea v Manchester United

By Richard Piggford for Empower Sports Magazine

2018 FA Cup Final Date:

Saturday 19th May 2018.

Kick off: 17.15

Preview, Stats and Head-to-Head.

Manchester United will take on Chelsea in this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final. By reaching the final, the Red Devils will equal Arsenal’s current record of reaching 20 FA Cup finals, if they were to beat Chelsea, they would also equal Arsenal’s record of winning the famous cup 13 times.  Chelsea on the other hand have previously won the FA Cup 7 times with the last of those victories coming in 2012.

Manchester United will start the game as favourites having finished 11 points above Antonio Conte’s men in the Premier League. However, both sides have one victory each against the other from the two meetings in this seasons Premier League. Chelsea won the first meeting of the season in November, with Alvaro Morata claiming the only goal of the game in 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United won at Old Trafford in late February 2-1 with Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard scoring for the hosts, after Willian had given Chelsea the lead.

Head-to-head

▪These sides have met in the FA Cup final on two previous occasions: Chelsea won 1-0 in 2007 after extra-time, while United won 4-0 in 1994.

▪The 2007 final was the first FA Cup final to be played at the rebuilt Wembley and current United boss Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea.

▪This is the eighth meeting in all competitions between these sides at Wembley. No two sides have met more often at the home of football.

Chelsea – FA CUP FACTS

▪The Blues are appearing in their 13th FA Cup final and an eighth victory would take them joint third on the all-time list with Tottenham.

▪They were beaten FA Cup finalists last season, losing 2-1 to Arsenal.

▪Chelsea have reached successive finals for the first time since 2009 and 2010, but Antonio Conte could become the first manager to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Howard Kendall with Everton in 1985 and 1986.

▪Olivier Giroud has had a hand in 22 goals in 26 FA Cup appearances since January 2012, with 15 goals and seven assists, more than any other player in the competition during that period.

Manchester United- FA CUP FACTS

▪United are appearing in a record-equalling 20th final. A 13th FA Cup win would see them equal Arsenal’s record tally.

▪The Reds have conceded just one goal in the competition this season.

▪Jose Mourinho is appearing in his sixth major domestic final in England (two FA Cup, four League Cup). He has won each of his previous five.

▪Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in the FA Cup this season and 12 in his last 12 in the competition.

▪Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in his four FA Cup games at Wembley, including the winning goals in both of his semi-final appearances and Arsenal’s first goal in last year’s final.

▪He has scored eight goals in eight appearances for club and country at Wembley

Route to the final – Manchester United

Manchester United started with a 2-0 victory over Championship Play-off qualifiers Derby County at Old Trafford in early January. Late goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard sealed the victory.

Next they faced Sky Bet’s League Two side; Yeovil Town at Huish Park, in what was Alexis Sanchez’s debut for the club. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata put United in control, before Lingard and Lukaku added late goals to add some gloss to the scoreline. 

Comfortably into Round 5, they travelled to the Kirkless Stadium, home of Huddersfield Town with Lukaku again in the goals, this time netting an impressive brace to fire them into the last 8. 

Brighton and Hove Albion were the opponents for the Quarter Final tie at Old Trafford. Lukaku (The FA Cup’s top scorer with 5) was once again in the goals, before Nemanja Matic added a late second to send United to Wembley for the Semi-Final weekend. 

The Semi-Final weekend brought their toughest opponents yet, as they met fellow Champions League qualifiers; Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Dele Alli gave Spurs the lead before a United fightback seen them come out 2-1 victors, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrrera. 

Route to the final – Chelsea

Chelsea started their Emirates FA Cup Campaign with a goalless draw away to Norwich at Carrow Road. The replay will long be remembered for the use or miss-use of VAR. The game eventually finished 1-1 in normal time, and with the sides unable to be separated after extra-time the game went to penalties. Chelsea eventually ran out 5-3 winners on penalty kicks, but did finish the game with 9-men after both Pedro and Alvaro Morata were dismissed. 

Both Round 4 and Round 5 were routine victories for Chelsea, both played at Stamford Bridge. Firstly they easily seen off Newcastle United in Round 4, with an emphatic 3-0 win. Michi Batschuayi (2) and Marcos Alonso the scorers. Next up was Championships strugglers Hull City, how were hit for four without reply. Willian, Pedro and new signing Giroud were among the goals. 

Into the Quarter Final’s and Chelsea were made to work hard beat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. They came out 1-2 winners with Vardy for Lecistester and Morata for Chelsea with the goals in normal time. Pedro scored a 105th minute winner during extra tie to send Chelsea to the semi-final weekend at wembley. 

Here they faced Premier League strugglers Southampton in the Semi’s, buoyed by the recent arrival of Mark Hughes. However this didn’t deter The Blues, who ran out comfortable 2-0 victors with goals from Morata and Pedro to set up Saturday’s final.

 

Managers: Chelsea – Antonio Conte “I can say for sure this will be my last match this season. Then, as you know very well, I have a contract and I’m committed to the club.

“I think we must be focused on tomorrow’s game. For us this game is very important because we have in a difficult season (the chance) to finish the season with a trophy.

“We have to try to do everything to win the game.”

Managers say: Manchester United 

Managers: Manchester United Jose Mourinho “Of course it makes a difference, but it’s one thing to make a difference and the other is to consider the season good or bad because of one match.

“I analyse the work I do, the effort I put in, and everything we all did at the club. I’m not going to analyse them because of one – of course very important – match.”

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Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford May 19, 2018 16:35

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