The 2022/23 FA Cup season will end this Saturday when Manchester City and Manchester United face off at Wembley for the first time in the competition’s long and storied history.
Pep Guardiola’s are looking to record their second title this season on their way to a treble after winning this campaign’s Premier League title.
City booked their place in this final round thanks to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the Etihad. The PL champions have scored 17 goals without reply in their five previous FA Cup ties this term, so they will come into this tie as favourites.
Five wins from the last ten meetings between both sides (L4) also put them ahead in the recent head-to-head record. However, having failed to win any of their last two games of the season, they come into this tie short of momentum.
Manager Guardiola has asked his squad to “disconnect” in the build-up to this huge clash. Since his move to the Etihad, his side have recorded a 100% win rate in domestic finals, so they’ll be confident of winning their second trophy this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will be looking to also win their second title this season, having already won the Carabao Cup in February.
Erik ten Hag’s side beat Newcastle at Wembley to clinch the trophy, so they will be confident here given their experience on this ground. A run of four consecutive wins also puts them ahead on the momentum scale.
But having not won an FA Cup title in 19 years, they seem to lack adequate experience in this competition. Yet, only Arsenal (14) have won more FA Cup titles than Man United (12).
Meanwhile, just one of the last 15 H2H meetings ended level after 90 minutes (City: W8, L6). Therefore, we can expect goals in this game.
That said, over 1.5 goals is a good bet here.