FA Cup Final Preview
Best Prices: Crystal Palace 19/4 – Draw 45/17 – Manchester United 10/13
The 2016 FA Cup Final will kick-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 21 May, and will be fought out by Crystal Palace and Manchester United, who fought-out the 1990 Cup Final. On that occasion, after a pulsating 90-minutes the score ended-up 2-2, before extra-time brought one more goal for each side to force a replay, which Manchester United won 1-0.
Manchester United FA Cup History
Manchester United are the second most successful team in FA Cup History with 11 wins, though it’s worth remembering that they’ve also lost 7 of the 18 finals they’ve contested. They were last successful in 2004 when, as expected, they easily brushed aside Millwall 3-0. Since then, they have made two more finals, losing on penalties to Arsenal in 2005, and losing in extra-time to Chelsea in 2007.
Crystal Palace FA Cup History
The aforementioned 1990 FA Cup Final was the only time Crystal Palace have previously made the final. On that occasion, they took the lead in the first-half before United equalised, but then fought back in the second-half after United went ahead. Agonisingly, they led after the first period of extra-time, but couldn’t stop United equalising again, before eventually losing the replay.
Cup Matches Between Palace And United
As well as in 1990, the two teams also met in the 1994/95 FA Cup, when it was 1-1 at full-time, and 2-2 after extra-time, with United again going on to win the replay. Meanwhile, they’ve also met twice in the League Cup, with United winning 2-1 in 1988, and Palace winning 2-1 in 2012.
United finished this year’s Premier League season much the stronger of the two, winning 4 of their last 6 games (including beating Palace 2-0), drawing 1, and losing the other. In those six games they scored 10 goals, conceded 5, and kept 3 clean sheets.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace won only 1 of their last 6 games, drawing two, and losing 3. They also only scored 4 goals in those games, conceding 9, whilst keeping just 1 clean sheet.
United also have a superior record against Palace in recent Premier League clashes, winning 5 of the last 6 and drawing 1. They’ve also won 4 of those games to nil.
FA Cup Final Betting Summary
The head, using recent Premier League form and recent matches between the two teams, says the best-value bet has to be United to win to nil at 8/5. However, Palace have put-up spirited performances before in their cup clashes, and the heart will be cheering on Palace to get at least a draw at a best priced 45/17.