Charlie Nicholas provides his predictions for Saturday’s FA Cup and Scottish Cup finals.
Charlie is backing goals galore in the two showpieces as Chelsea and Manchester United battle it out in their last chances to secure silverware, while Celtic attempt to complete back-to-back domestic trebles.
Here’s what the Arsenal and Celtic legend is predicting for the two clashes…
Chelsea v Manchester United (Saturday, 5.15pm)
I think the bookies are slightly edging towards Manchester United and that is perhaps due to Alexis Sanchez’s record at Wembley, otherwise I don’t really see them as favourites.
United have been average, Chelsea have been unpredictable. We know the managers don’t have any time for each other and I think it will be Antonio Conte’s final game, so his players should be fired up to give him a good send off.
Jose Mourinho will set his side up to stifle Eden Hazard. While he hasn’t been at his best, the top players have the ability to turn it on when they hit the big stage.
They have to start Olivier Giroud and, with his lethal form, I believe Chelsea have the better firepower on their day than United. If you get Hazard, Willian and Cesc Fabregas linking up then they can create havoc.
I’ve never heard Jose Mourinho say second place is a good season and I think he could end the season empty handed as well, with Conte having the last laugh before he walks away for a new opportunity.
Charlie predicts: 3-2 and Giroud to score first (180/1 with Sky Bet)
Celtic v Motherwell (Saturday 3pm, live on Sky Sports Football)
Well people might suggest it is a foregone conclusion but all the pressure is on Celtic. There is history on the line, with the opportunity to win back-to-back trebles for the first time.
Celtic vs Motherwell
May 19, 2018, 2:00pm
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They had been been wiping the floor with everyone in their path, but it hasn’t been as straight-forward this season and Motherwell are an awkward side and they’ll attempt to disrupt Celtic’s rhythm.
Odsonne Edouard has been Celtic’s best player but it looks like he’s going to miss out with a hamstring injury. He’s a level up from the Scottish game and I’d be amazed if a few Premier League clubs haven’t been looking at him.
That makes me suspect they only play Moussa Dembele up front on his own, but the man I expect to make the difference is Tom Rogic with his runs from midfield.
Cedric Kipre has been sent off in two of the meetings this season and he and Scott Brown will be be queuing up to kick each other, so I think there will disciplinary issues along with plenty of goals.
Charlie predicts: 4-1 and Rogic to score first (60/1 with Sky Bet)