FA Cup Final: 3 Predictions For Man City vs Man United

FA Cup Final: 3 Predictions For Man City vs Man United
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All eyes will be at Wembley Stadium in London as Manchester City battle their city neighbours Man United in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon. Despite the two teams' recent and historical success, this will be the first Manchester derby in the FA Cup Final history.

Eric ten Hag‘s Manchester United are aiming to win both English domestic cups this season after winning the Carabao Cup in February. Meanwhile, the Cityzens are on course to win the treble, having secured the Premier League title and a place in the UEFA Champions League Final with Inter Milan next Saturday.

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Manchester City

Manchester City is coming into this bout from a draw at Brighton and a loss at Brentford in their final two Premier League games of the season, where Pep Guardiola gave minutes to players who had less game time this season while resting his key men. Those points dropped did not affect them having secured the title courtesy of their 12 straight wins.

Manchester City
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Manchester City is on course to win the treble; they'll be just the second team in English Football to do so if they eventually triumph in their two remaining finals. Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United were the first English to win the treble in 1999.

Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad ahead of this match. With a title to win and bragging rights on the line, Pep will start his key men against a United team with the strength and depth to defeat them.

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Manchester United

Manchester United have had a good season under Eric Ten Hag, having won the Carabao Cup, their first title in six years, and a third-place finish in the EPL. The Dutch tactician has overseen a remarkable transformation at the Manchester club, his team coming into the cup final on the back of four successive wins.

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However, this match will be a challenge for the Red Devils, but they can fancy their chances against the Citizens, who, despite their remarkable form, are still beatable.

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Man City vs Man United Predictions

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1st Prediction: Both Teams to Score

We think both teams will score goals in the derby. The last three meetings between these two sides have ended with goals at both ends. Also, Manchester City has scored goals in 25 of their 26 games, while United has scored in their last four games. With both teams scoring regularly and bragging rights at stake, we expect both teams to find the back of the net.

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2nd Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

This match will be a high-scoring affair, producing at least three goals. The Manchester derby in recent times has been a high-scoring affair; City and United's last three meetings have seen 17 goals, with United scoring six and City scoring 11. Also, those three meetings have all ended with at least three goals. With these in mind, we're backing this fixture to have plenty of goals.

3rd Prediction: Manchester City to Win

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Our last prediction for this match is a win for the Cityzens. Pep Guardiola and his City team are on a mission to win the treble this season, having secured the EPL title and booked a place in the UEFA Champions League Final. They know that a win against United will bring them within a game of achieving their treble dream. Also, they boast of a fully-fit squad with a record-breaking goal-scoring machine in Erling Haaland amongst their ranks, who'll be eager to score again against Manchester United. We're backing the Cityzens to record their sixth win in 11 games against the Red Devils.

Man City vs Man United Lineups

Nathan Ake has shaken off his injury as he played over an hour against Brentford. United has injury concerns, with Lisandro Martinez, Anthony Martial, and winger Antony ruled out. The rest of the squad is available for both teams.

Head-to-Head Records

We're taking head-to-head records for both teams in their last 10 games. Man City has five wins against four wins for Man United, with one fixture ending in a stalemate.

Frequently Asked Questions About Man City vs Man United

Who will be the referee for the Man City vs Man United match?

Paul Tierney will be the referee for the clash.

Who are the bookmakers' favourites to win the match?

Man City are favoured to win the match.

Who has won more FA Cup titles between Man City and Man United?

Man United has more FA Cup titles (12) than Man City (6).

When did both teams win their last FA Cup title?

Man City and Man United last won the FA Cup in 2016 and 2019, respectively.

What's the kick-off time?

This match is scheduled to kick off at 15:00 BST on Saturday.

This article was most recently revised and updated 12 months ago