Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup Semi Finals
The second of this weekend’s spicy FA Cup Semis sees high flying Man United taking on Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The Red Devils have been on a terrific run of 18 unbeaten games in all competitions that stretches to the period before the break. They have in fact been more lethal after the resumption, winning six and drawing two of the eight games they’ve played.
They bounced back from a disappointing draw against Southampton with a workmanlike 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace to maintain their chase for a top 4 finish in the league.
Chelsea meanwhile are sitting in third place in the league after recording a 1-0 victory over already-relegated Norway in midweek.
They’ve had recent success in this competition, winning or proceeding to the next round in twelve of their last thirteen ties. This includes a 1-0 win against United in the 2018 FA Cup final.
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MATCH FORECAST AND BETTING PREDICTIONS FOR MAN UNITED V CHELSEA
Man United have enjoyed recent success against Chelsea. They’ve beaten Chelsea home and away in the Premier League this season and also in the quarter-finals of the League Cup back in October. However, all of those games were incredibly close, including the 4-0 win at Old Trafford. This should also follow a similar pattern. There’s not much to separate between the two teams. We expect a cagey start to the match that should then pick up as the game progresses. We are therefore going for Most Goals Second Half as our initial betting tip here @ 2.07 with Bet9ja.
United’s attack has been the talk of the town in their incredible run. Martial and Rashford have both clocked 20+ goals for the season and they both scored beautiful goals in the 2-0 win over Palace. Of concern, however, is their defence which has shown a few lapses especially in these last two games. Southampton caused them all sorts of problems in the 2-2 draw and Lampard will certainly have looked at the film on that game very keenly. Palace also had a few decent chances that they just couldn’t take. Chelsea certainly have the players that can take advantage of any sloppiness from the United backline. Two of their three games this season have had both teams scoring and we are backing this one to also have both teams scoring @ 1.70 for as our second betting tip for this encounter.
Bet9ja betting app have United to qualify at 1.87 and we feel there’s some good value here. The fact that they are on this 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions is testament to their grit and determination. They also have a mental edge over Chelsea having won in all the three encounters. They are certainly looking even better than they did when they met Chelsea in some of those games. They also have quite a few decent penalty takers should the game end up in a deadlock and in De Gea or Romero they have a pair of trusted hands in between the goals.