Manchester City v Manchester United: FA Cup Final Preview, Predicted XI And Betting Odds

Manchester City will be massive favourites heading into Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup final against arch-rivals Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s side are on a high after securing the Premier League title last weekend but they will need to avoid complacency at Wembley.

Their opponents will be a threat, especially on the counter-attack and, as it is a one-off game, anything could happen.

In terms of team news, the Cityzens will only have one player missing for the final. Number one Ederson dislocated his eye socket during the 2-0 win over Tottenham last week and he has been ruled out. Stefan Ortega will take the Brazilian’s place in the starting lineup.

Manchester City’s Predicted XI to face Manchester United:

Ortega, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol, Rodri, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Foden, Haaland, Grealish

United boss Erik ten Hag still has a number of players sidelined with injuries, but the situation has improved markedly compared to a few weeks ago when their absentee list had reached double figures.

Mason Mount (knock), Anthony Martial (groin) and Victor Lindelof (thigh) are all back in contention but Harry Maguire (calf), Luke Shaw (leg) and Tyrell Malacia (knee) are not available.

Manchester United’s Predicted XI:

Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Dalot, Mainoo, Fernandes, Casemiro, Garnacho, Hojlund, Rashford

Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Odds

The bookmakers have made Guardiola’s men odds-on to secure their 8th FA Cup. They are 1/3 at Coral for the win, while a draw after 90 minutes is currently 5/1 with Unibet.

United have odds as long as 8/1 to secure victory at some bookies, which suggests that punters do not expect an upset this weekend. City will, of course, be keen to make sure that they live up to the “favourites” tag when they run out onto the pitch at Wembley.

Predicted Score – 2-1 to City

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.