Emirates FA Cup final 2023 | Man City vs Man United | Preview, BestBets

After almost 150 years of competition, history will be made in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup final.

Manchester United and Manchester City have never met in the showpiece Wembley finale; that all changes this weekend.

With a combined 33 final appearances and nine meetings, the two city rivals meet for the oldest prize in football.

As potentially half the population of Manchester descends on the capital, who takes home ultimate bragging rights?


City hunt treble

For City, next weekend’s UEFA Champions League final against Inter will be on their minds.

Before the chance to finally seal European Cup glory however, The Cityzens first look to complete the second part of their season triple.

Having overhauled Arsenal to retain their Premier League crown, Wembley is the next stop for Pep Guardiola‘s men.

Though having last won the FA Cup back in 2019 via a 6-0 drubbing of Watford, City have painful FA Cup memories of Wembley more recently.

During the pandemic season the following year, City suffered semi-final defeat to Arsenal.

But it was seven years before, that they were stunned by Wigan Athletic in the 2013 final.

This is a very different side but notwithstanding, City have only won the trophy twice since the 1970s.

However, if Pep wins once more it will be his 11th major domestic trophy in England.


Red Devilry?

Meanwhile, The Red Devils are looking to seal their own cup double.

After toppling Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup, Erik Ten Hag can complete an impressive debut season.

Having taken down the champions back in their last meeting in January also, the Dutchman knows how to get it done.


The two sides have met at Wembley in an FA Cup tie before, when a Yaya Toure goal saw City edge a semi-final win in April 2011.

Only second to Arsenal in the all-time winners list in this tournament, United are looking to close in on The Gunners’ record.

United will be classed the underdog this weekend but just like the Nerazzurri, Ten Hag can mastermind a upset.

Eyeing the trophy for a 13th time, will it be unlucky for Man City?


Cup final betting

Goals look on the cards this weekend and Erling Haaland will be in most betslips.

Having netted 36 league goals this term, the Norwegian looks primed to add to his tally in the final.

Scoring a hat-trick against United at the Etihad back in October, Haaland remains in red-hot form.

A repeat of that looks a task, but for he and Marcus Rashford to have over 1 SOT each, a 4/1 punt with William Hill interests.


United have lost three of the last four FA Cup finals, however games versus City often see the form book tossed away.

If we also consider the more recent Wembley playoff finals, the draw can be backed at 18/5 with QuinnBet.

A United win with Betfred is long, but are the same 11/2 price with BoyleSports to score in both halves.

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