Our football expert shares betting tips for two Cup finals as Manchester City and Manchester United face off in Wembley, and RB Leipzig play Frankfurt in Berlin.
Manchester City v Manchester United (Saturday 15:00 UTC+01:00)
In a classic Reds v Blues derby match, the 141st FA Cup final occurs between some of English football’s most prestigious clubs at Wembley. United lead the tally for lifting this trophy, contesting it twenty-one times and having won it twelve times. City has had twelve finals and lifted the trophy six times, most recently out of either side winning it in 2019. The season’s various campaigns have yielded silverware for both the Manchester clubs with the EFL Cup for the Devils and the Premier League for the Citizens. However, City is in contention for a lauded triple. With the league under their belts, they will be hungry to claim the domestic FA Cup and claim the Champions League. 1×2 leans heavily toward City, no surprise given their run of form. However, United can never be discounted and will be spurred on by the prospect of crushing their opposition’s ambition 1.49 4.43 5.83
City lost their final game of the season 1-0 away to Brentford, having already won the title a week prior there was little consequence. Indeed the likes of Gündoğan, Haaland and De Bruyne were all absent for this bout. This would seem to be a tactically wise decision by manager Pep Guardiola, resting some of the players and preventing injury ahead of their future cup finals. The aforementioned players to score in ordinary time are at 1.53 3.70 3.80. Julián Álvarez will be sure to be in the thick of proceedings, he’s scored seventeen goals across all club competitions this season. As well as scoring four goals in Qatar helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup. In ordinary time he’s at 2.45 to score anytime and 5.00 to score the first goal.
A new dawn appears to be emerging at Old Trafford under Dutch manager Erik ten Hag, with the woes of recent years slowly disappearing into memory. They finished the season in third place, securing Champions League qualification. It’s rumoured that England international stalwarts could be moving North from London over the summer, in the form of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Mason Mount, if so next season could be even better. The final game of the league ended with three points in a 2-1 victory at home over Fulham, which was secured with goals from Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes. To score again in ordinary time they are 5.00 & 5.50
The stage is set for what is going to be a fantastic cup final as an end to the domestic season. As expected City are the clear favourites, though United cannot be discounted as they return to the glories of old. Over/Under 2.5 at 1.6 and 2-1 Manchester City for 9.00
RB Leipzig v Frankfurt (Saturday 19:00 UTC+01:00)
The Olympic Stadium in Berlin as ever hosts this penultimate cup final. It’s East vs West Germany once again as the Sachsen defending champions Leipzig look to defend their title against the Hessian Frankfurters. 1×2 is currently 1.69 3.92 4.24
RB have an excellent campaign in the Bundesliga, finishing in 3rd place. More importantly, their form is good, having won the last six matches. They beat Schalke 4-2 last weekend, with goals coming from Konrad Laimer, Yussuf Poulsen and a brace from French Christopher Nkunku. The forward has been prolific for Die Roten Bullen this season scoring sixteen goals in the league alone and scoring in ordinary time he’s at 1.96. Close behind at 2.40, native Timo Werner joined the club last Summer from Chelsea and has had an immediate impact with fourteen goals across all domestic competitions.
Die Adler finished in seventh place in the league, narrowly missing out on European qualification for the 23/24 season. The club has undergone a transformation in the last decade, from gaining promotion out of the 2. Bundesliga in 2012, to winning the Europa League final last year against Rangers on penalties, while also winning the DFB in 2018. Over the weekend they beat last year’s cup losers SC Freiburg 2-1, finishing the season in style after a mixed bag of form. To score in ordinary time again, frontrunner Randal Muani is at 3.1, while unlikely Eric Ebimbe follows with 9.00
Sure to be an excellent game, with victory leaning towards Leipzig based on current form and league standings. It could still be anyone lifting the trophy, with both sides having had proven recent success at home and abroad. Over/Under 3.5 2.44 and correct score at 13.25
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 09:00 UTC+01:00 02/06/2023**
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