“With the final whistle of the semifinals,we now have all of the information we need to discuss the FA Cup final, the oldest football competition in history.” The final, which features a new Manchester Derby, is one of the season’s hottest fixtures.
The ‘Citizens’ and the ‘Red Devils’ arrive at the FA Cup final with rather different paths. Manchester City will arrive after several months of fighting for two competitions: the Premier League, where they are trying to complete a comeback against Arsenal, and the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid for a spot in the final. As a result, Pep Guardiola’s club has an overall busier schedule, but with a hunger for titles that is hard to match.
On the other hand, Manchester United eliminated a brave Brighton in the FA Cup semi finals after their disappointing exit against Sevilla in the Europa League. Ten Hag’s team isn’t fighting for anything else; their Champions League spots appear to be safe, and they aren’t competing in any other European competition. They might arrive fresher than their neighbors, but their overall performance has been inferior to that of their opponents.
On June 3, the third Manchester Derby of the season will take place, a date that could be very complicated for Manchester City. The ‘Citizens’ will arrive on June 3, at least, with the hangover of the Champions League knockout still fresh, regardless of the result, as well as the recently concluded fight for the league. Furthermore, if they defeat Real Madrid, the Champions League final will be held just one week later. Legs can be a significant burden on a team that is still fighting for everything.
“Could it be anywhere else? Wembley Stadium, as tradition dictates. The final has always been hosted at the London stadium since 1923, with the exception of the years while it was being renovated, when it was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.”
Who’s the favourite?
For bookmakers, the favourite is quite obvious. Despite having a busier schedule, Manchester City is the team with the most options, with odds around £1,42 for the 90 minutes of play. On the other hand, Manchester United is around £4,42.
The tradition of the FA Cup
All British celebrations have their own unique liturgy that gives them a great personality. The FA Cup, of course, could not be an exception. Fans assemble 15 minutes before kickoff to perform the hymn “Abide With Me,” a traditional religious song in the country.