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Manchester City vs. Manchester United: FA Cup Final Preview

Last Updated on May 21, 2024 12:33 pm by Erwin Noguera

The English season is not over yet, as we are yet to watch the last big game: the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United, a derby that promises sparks and passion on the pitch.

To reach this stage, the Citizens beat Chelsea 1-0 with a goal by Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva. 

On the other hand, the Red Devils suffered against the surprising Coventry, getting a 3-3 draw and winning from the penalty spot. 

When and Where?

Saturday, May 25, 10 am ET at Wembley 

Moneyline odds: 

Manchester City 1.352 

Manchester United 9.3

Draw Offs

5.94 

Where can I watch it? 

ESPN/Star+

Why Bet on Manchester City?

Manchester City is the great champion of the Premier League and wants to close the season with another title, which will be important to continue extending Pep Guardiola’s great project with this institution. To qualify for the FA Cup final, the Citizens achieved a 1-0 victory over Chelsea with a goal by Bernardo Silva. But this was a match marked by the controversy of a penalty that the Blues could have had in their favor but was not whistled. 

Manchester City is the great English champion, beating Arsenal in the league on the last day. However, the FA Cup is almost always a must, as they are the reigning champions. Moreover, this would be the third time Guardiola has won this trophy, the oldest in the world. 

And the path for the Citizens has not been easy, as they eliminated Tottenham as visitors, as well as Luton Town and Newcastle, although the latter team at home. 

Likewise, Erling Haaland is playing for the possibility of adding a new Golden Boot, remembering that he already won it in the Premier League. The Norwegian has five goals, and with one more, he equals Ellis Simms and Sammie Szmodics.

Guardiola has only Ederson on the injury list. 

Why Bet on Manchester United?

Manchester United’s season has been one to forget, with dismal performances in the Premier League and the Champions League, but at Wembley, they have the opportunity to bring a smile to the faces of their long-suffering fans. And speaking of suffering, nothing confirms it more than the semifinal match. The Red Devils went from winning 3-0 against Coventry to a 3-3 draw, went to extra time, and almost lost. Then, in the penalty shootout, they won 4-2. 

The team coached by Erik ten Hag did not qualify for Europe via the Premier League, so winning this title is their only chance. As for Ten Hag, this is very likely to be his farewell match as coach of this team, as the new management has been sounding out other names, as revealed by the local press. 

The Dutchman, in his first season, won the EFL Cup and was runner-up in the FA Cup, losing to City (2-1), so this game could also be a way to get revenge for what happened a year ago.

There are many injuries for the Red Devils: Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, and Scott McTominay, although the latter could be available. 

Final Betting Analysis: Manchester City vs. Manchester United

This season, these teams have met twice, and on both occasions, Manchester City won: 3-0 away and 3-1 home. Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored the team’s six goals in those two games. 

In addition, we have the final of this same tournament in the last edition, which was a 2-1 win for City. The last time United eliminated their neighbors from any tournament was in the round of 16 of the EFL Cup in the 2016/17 season. That year, José Mourinho’s Red Devils ended up as champions. 

The numbers at Gambyl Exchange have Manchester City as the favorite. Their Moneyline shows 1.352, Manchester United has 9.3, and the draw is at 5.94.

After what happened in the Premier League, there is no doubt that the big favorite will be Manchester City. A derby is always complicated, everybody knows, but this will not be enough for United, so Pep Guardiola will celebrate a new trophy at the helm of the Citizens.

Go for a win for Manchester City. If you bet $100 at 1.352, you will gain $135 for a total payout of $235. 

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Betting Pick: Manchester City

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