Manchester United v Crystal Palace FA Cup Betting Tips & Preview

Manchester United v Crystal Palace FA Cup Betting Tips & Preview

by 16th May 2016

Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Read our preview of the final and get our betting tips on who will win and the odds.

Match Odds
Manchester United 17/20 – Draw 23/10Crystal Palace 7/2
Betting odds for the FA Cup Final between Manchester United v Crystal Palace shown are this week from Ladbrokes and are subject to change

Kick Off – 17.30pm Saturday 21st May 2016 – Live on BBC1

Manchester United and Crystal Palace will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday in the FA Cup final, as both teams look to end disappointing campaigns in a positive fashion.

Road to Wembley
United had a rather comfortable ride in the early rounds with wins at Sheffield United, Derby and Shrewsbury. However, the Red Devils needed a replay to defeat West Ham in the quarter-finals. The first game finished 1-1 at Old Trafford and the replay ended 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

Louis van Gaal’s team needed a stoppage-time winner from Anthony Martial in the semi-final against Everton to record a 2-1 win.

The Eagles path to the final has not been an easy one. Alan Pardew’s side started their journey to Wembley with a 2-1 win at Premier League rivals Southampton. A win against Stoke and a particularly impressive 1-0 victory at Tottenham followed.

The Eagles then won 2-0 at Championship Reading in the quarter-finals. The Eagles were paired with Watford in the Semi-finals and prevailed 2-1 to make it to the final.

FA Cup History
The 2016 FA Cup final is a case of history repeating itself, as in 1990 these two teams met in the FA Cup final. The first game resulted in a pulsating 3-3 draw and as was the case in 1990 the game went to a replay, which United won 1-0 courtesy of a Lee Martin goal.

The 1990 final was the most famous meeting between these two teams in the FA Cup. The only other time these two teams have faced each other in this competition was in the 1995 semi-finals, as the two teams drew 2-2 draw, only for United to again win the replay 2-0.

Palace have never won the FA Cup and their only cup final appearance came in that 1990 defeat by United. Only Arsenal have won more FA Cup’s than United’s 11 and the Red Devils will be confident of equalling the Gunners record in this clash.

Manchester United have a good record in the 48 meetings between these two teams in all competitions, recording 31 wins. Palace have recorded just seven wins against the Red Devils in all competitions.

Team and Selection News
Full-back Luke Shaw and central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger have long-term injuries for United and will miss out. However, the pair are the only likely absentees for the team from Manchester.

The Eagles are expected to be close to full-strength, with the exception of Wales midfielder Joe Ledley and Marouane Chamakh, who both have long-term injuries.

Possible Manchester United line-up: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Rooney, Martial, Rashford

Possible Crystal Palace line-up: Hennessy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha, Wickham

Prediction

United will head into this clash as heavy favourite to win the famous old trophy. However, as the FA Cup has taught us down the years it is the competition to expect the unexpected.

Palace have been underdogs in this competition in previous rounds and prevailed, but I do believe that Louis van Gaal’s team may just have slightly more quality than the Eagles.

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