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City the overwhelming favourites to win the all-Manchester FA Cup Final

Angelos Anastassopoulos April 23, 2023

In 152 years of history there has never been a Manchester Derby in the FA Cup Final. The wait ends now, as the two biggest Mancunian clubs will face each other on the 3rd of June in Wembley, with the winner bringing home the trophy, the oldest in world football. The only question is where will the winners’ parade end. Will it be at the Beetham Tower, or the Stretford Mall?

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Manchester City kicked Sheffield United out of the semi-finals, behind a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick. Thus, the Cityzens are in the hunt for the Treble, something only United have achieved in England, in 1999. The Red Devils beat Brighton on penalties to reach the FA Cup Final for the first time since 2018.

United are the second-winningest team in the competition, with 12 trophies, behind Arsenal’s 14. This will be their 21st FA Cup Final, equalling Arsenal’s appearance record.

Manchester City have 6 FA Cup trophies (actually winning their first in 1904, before United, Liverpool, Arsenal, or Chelsea had won one).

This will be the first time the FA Cup Final will feature a Manchester Derby. This has never happened in the League Cup either. There have been, however, Greater Manchester sides facing each other in the highest stage.

Manchester City have faced Bolton twice in the FA Cup Final. They have also lost to Greater Manchester club Wigan Athletic. Bolton have also faced United in the FA Cup Final, while United and Wigan have faced each other in the League Cup Final.

City the FA Cup Final favourites

City are the clear favourites to lift the trophy, offered at 1/3. United are 23/10 outsiders. The Cityzens are in the hunt for the treble, as they have already won the Premier League and have qualified for the Champions League final.

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