Match start: 17:15 (GMT+1)
Frankly speaking, the Blues didn’t believe in opportunity to get into the Champions League in the last EPL round. Otherwise it is difficult to explain weak-willed and devastating defeat from Newcastle (0:3).
Conte’s team has signed doom in the previous round during the home match when the football players couldn’t win over Huddersfield (1:1). Thus, Chelsea is still taking the fifth place and new coach will head them in their fight for the Europa League Cup.
To finish his English stage of career the Italian coach can on up note, having taken FA Cup. In a semifinal round of Chelsea has won over Southampton (2:0), Leicester (2:1 s.t.). At a stage of 1/8 finals the Blues have won over Hull City (4:0) and before Newcastle (3:0). Only at a stage of 1/32 finals the team had to play a match with Norwich (2:1) after a goalless draw during the away match.
For the current team of Jose Mourinho the last games of the championship were also not very important. As a result the second place was gained by MU though the team has scored only 1 goal in the last three rounds.
Along with defeats from WBA (0:1) and Brighton (0:1) not so long ago Manchester United has won over Tottenham (2:1) and Arsenal (2:1). That is it is easy to notice how the team is able to change if the rival is a rather powerful irritant.
However, the team rarely loses the finals. To be precise it has gained 12 victories in 14 decisive matches. The long-term assistant Rui Faria declared that he began his own way in future pre-season therefore it is clear that the motivation of the Portuguese will be very great.
The Devils have won against Tottenham in a semi-final (2:1) though they weren’t the favorites at all. Before that they have managed to win over Brighton (2:0), Huddersfield (2:0), Yeovil (4:0) and Derby County (2:0). It is easy to notice, the goal missed from the Spurs is still the only one in de Gea’s gates.
The factor of the home field is extremely important for this match. The hosts have won five last matches and in four cases they didn’t miss the goals. Recently, the Blue have overcome the Reds at home field (1:0) but have lost away match (1:2).
Chelsea to win 2.90
MU to win 2.65
The factor of the coach and also the best physical performance can be considered to be decisive at future meeting. Manchester United has reserve football players who are always ready to strengthen the game and you can’t tell the same about Chelsea – only Olivier Giroud can be called “a trump in a sleeve”. Thibaut Courtois has missed a decisive match with Huddersfield (1:1) because of a trauma and then has received three goals from Newcastle. It is unlikely that this fact has improved his mood before the final.