FA Cup Final 2023 Preview And Top Betting Tips For Wembley’s Showpiece Season Finale

By Ian John
May 22, 2023

This year’s FA Cup Final is a first for the end of season showpiece in that we will see Manchester United and Manchester City clash.

While the two have met in the FA Cup numerous times before, they have never contested the final against each other.

So it promises to be a big day for the city of Manchester as their two biggest teams head south to try and get their hands on the most famous knockout trophy in world football.

A win for City would see them claim the English Premier League and FA Cup double.

Plus it would enable them to match the Manchester United team of 1999, which won both those trophies and the Champions League.

FA Cup Trophy

City face Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul a week after the FA Cup Final.

For United, it is not only a chance to land a second trophy in Erik Ten Hag’s first full season as head coach, but also a chance to ruin City’s treble-matching ambitions.

The Red Devils have already won the Carabao Cup, after beating Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley back in March.

Suffice to say, there’s a lot of things for punters to consider for this final!

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With so much at stake, let’s now take a closer look at the two teams set to contest the FA Cup Final this year, comparing how they match up against each other.

2023 FA Cup Final Preview

  • Manchester City v Manchester United
  • Date – Saturday 3rd June, Kick off 3pm
  • Venue – Wembley Stadium, London
  • Live – on BBC1 & ITV1

Wigan official Paul Tierney will be refereeing the final with Neil Davies and Scott Ledger as his assistant referees, Peter Bankes as the fourth official in the stadium.

David Coote will be in charge of the VAR for the game.

Backroom Staff & Squads

Manchester City

Manchester City Management Team

  • Manager – Pep Guardiola
  • Assistant Manager – Rodolpho Borrell
  • 1st Team Coach – Carlos Vicens, Enzo Maresca
  • Goalkeeping Coach – Richard Wright
  • Physio – Federico Genovesi

Manchester City Squad

NoNameAppsGls NoNameAppsGls
33Ederson4608Ilkay Gundogan489
33Scott Carson0010Jack Grealish485
18Stefan Ortega12016Rodri533
Defenders17Kevin De Bruyne4610
2Kyle Walker35020Bernardo Silva527
3Ruben Dias4114Kalvin Phillips190
5John Stones31347Phil Foden4414
6Nathan Ake38380Cole Palmer231
14Aymeric Laporte22021Sergio Gomez210
25Manuel Akanji461Attackers
82Rico Lewis2119Erling Haaland5052
25Riyadh Mahrez4515
19Julian Alvarez4717

Injuries & Suspensions

Nathan Ake could be available after a thigh injury ruled him out for a few weeks.

Probable Manchester City XI – (3-2-4-1) – GK – Ederson, DC – Walker, DC – Ruben Dias, DC – Laporte, DMC – Stones, DMC – Rodri, AMR – Bernardo Silva, MC – Gundogan, MC – De Bruyne, AC – Haaland, AML – Grealish

Manchester United

Manchester United Management Team

  • Head Coach – Erik Ten Hag
  • Assistant Manager – Steve McClaren
  • 1st Team Coach – Mitchell van der Gaag
  • Goalkeeping Coach – Richard Harris
  • Physio – John Davin

Manchester United Squad

NoNameAppsGls NoNameAppsGls
1David de Gea5508Bruno Fernandes5611
31Jack Butland0014Christian Eriksen412
22Tom Heaton2015Marcel Sabitzer183
2Victor Lindelof32018Casemiro486
4Phil Jones0028Facundo Pellestri90
5Harry Maguire30034Donny Van De Beek100
6Lisandro Martinez45139Scott McTominay363
12Tyrell Malacia37055Zidane Iqbal00
19Raphael Varane32073Kobbie Mainoo30
20Diogo Dalot412Attackers
23Luke Shaw4519Anthony Martial168
29Aaron Wan Bissaka26010Marcus Rashford5329
33Brandon Williams1011Mason Greenwood00
38Axel Tuanzebe0021Antony438
43Teden Mengi0025Jadon Sancho386
74Alvaro Fernandez0027Wout Weghorst292
36Anthony Elanga260
49Alejandro Garnacho315

Injuries & Suspensions

United will be without the injured Lisandro Martinez (Ankle/Foot), Phil Jones (Knee) and Donny Van De Beek (Knee). Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection while there is a doubt that Marcel Sabitzer will be fit enough for the game with a meniscus tear in the knee.

Probable Man Utd XI – (4-2-3-1) – GK – De Gea, DR – Wan Bissaka, DL – Shaw, DC – Lindelof, DC – Varane, DMC – Casemiro, DMC – Eriksen, AMC, Fernandes, AMR – Antony, AML – Sancho, AC – Rashford

The Road To Wembley


Manchester City

  • 3rd Round – v Chelsea (H) – W 4-0 (Mahrez 23,85pen, Alvarez 30pen, Foden 38)
  • 4th Round – v Arsenal (H) – W 1-0 (Ake 64)
  • 5th Round – v Bristol City (A) – W 3-0 (Foden 7,74, De Bruyne 81)
  • Quarter Finals – v Burnley (H) – W 6-0 (Haaland 32,35,59, Alvarez 62,73, Palmer 68)
  • Semi Finals – v Sheff Utd (N) – W 3-0 (Mahrez 43pen, 61, 66)

City overcame top quality opponents in the 3rd and 4th round in Chelsea and Arsenal before defeating three Championship teams, including the two that finished 1st (Burnley) and 2nd (Sheff Utd) in that table.

They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament scoring 17 across their five games so far.

Riyad Mahrez top scores in the FA Cup with 5 goals, with Foden, Haaland and Alvarez each netting three times so far.

Manchester United

  • 3rd Round – v Everton (H) – W 3-1 (Antony 4, Coady 52 OG, Rashford 90+7)
  • 4th Round – v Reading (H) – W 3-1 (Casemiro 54,58, Fred 66)
  • 5th Round – v West Ham (H) – W 3-1 (Aguerd og 77, Garnacho 90, Fred 90+5)
  • Quarter Finals – v Fulham (H) – W 3-1 (Fernandes 75pen,90+6, Sabitzer 77)
  • Semi Finals – v Brighton (N) – D 0-0 (won 7-6 on penalties)

United racked up four consecutive 3-1 home victories in the first four rounds of FA Cup action which took them to a semi-final against Brighton at Wembley.

In a tight game, which finished 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra time, United edged out the Seagulls 7-6 in a penalty shootout when Solly March missed the decisive kick for Brighton.

United can claim a domestic cup double if they can beat their local rivals at the weekend having already won the Carabao Cup 2-0 v Newcastle United this season.

Head To Head Comparison

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All Games – Played 189, Man City Wins – 58, Man Utd Wins – 78, Draws – 53

FA Cup Ties Only – Played 9, Man City Wins – 3, Man Utd Wins – 6, Draws 0

Last Ten Manchester Derby Results

  • Jan 2023 – Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
  • Oct 2022 – Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United
  • Mar 2022 – Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
  • Nov 2021 – Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
  • Mar 2021 – Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United
  • Jan 2021 – Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City (League Cup)
  • Dec 2020 – Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City
  • Mar 2020 – Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City
  • Jan 2020 – Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United (League Cup)
  • Jan 2020 – Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City (League Cup)

Man City Wins – 5, Man Utd Wins 4, Draws – 1

Season’s Performance

Manchester City

  • Premier League – Winners
  • Carabao Cup – Lost in Quarterfinals (v Southampton)
  • Champions League – Finalists v Inter Milan (June 10th in Istanbul)
  • Current Form (last 10) – Won – 8, Drawn – 2, Lost – 0 (Goals 24, Conceded – 5)

Manchester United

  • Premier League – 3rd or 4th
  • Carabao Cup – Winners
  • Europa League – Lost in Quarterfinals (v Sevilla)
  • Current Form (last 10) – Won – 4, Drawn – 3. Lost – 3 (Goals – 10, Conceded – 9)

Our FA Cup Final Top Tips

  • Full Time Result – Manchester City – 8/15 fav
  • Correct Score – Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United – 10/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) – TBA

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing, but may have changed in the meantime.

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