Crystal Palace 5.95/1 v Man United 1.774/5; The Draw 3.711/4
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The Eagles ended the season in pretty rotten form, losing three of their final four fixtures to cement their status as the second-worst team in the Premier League from Christmas onwards, collecting a miserable 13 points from 21 games to drop from sixth to 15th.
However, it would be misguided to write them out of FA Cup contention due to those results given that it hasn't stopped them from defeating Southampton (away), Stoke (home), Tottenham (away), Reading (away) and Watford (Wembley) all in 90 minutes to earn this opportunity.
Alan Pardew left Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham out of the 4-1 reverse to Southampton last week due to knocks, albeit predicting that his players would fight their way back to fitness with the incentive of a cup final. Joe Ledley won't be available, while Brede Hangeland and Marouane Chamakh are further doubts.
Louis van Gaal could have rested starters in the rearranged Premier League finale with Bournemouth on Tuesday knowing that Manchester City were no longer in range, but instead went full strength for a 3-1 win which secured fifth place and saw them miss out on fourth on goal difference alone.
Though it means that they arrive at Wembley with slightly wearier legs than a Palace squad who have barely broken into a top-flight sweat in months, it does ensure that they take more momentum with them than perhaps at any prior point this campaign, having won eight times in 11 outings.
As has become customary this term, there are several injury issues to complicate or perhaps simplify the coach's matchday selection, with Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger definitely out. Question marks also surround the participation of Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Morgan Schneiderlin and Adnan Januzaj.
Having argued in February, March and April that Crystal Palace were going to claim this season's FA Cup, this writer isn't going to jump ship now, especially as they can still be backed at 5.95/1 to triumph in 90 minutes and 3.55 to lift the trophy.
The south Londoners' record in the FA Cup this year is almost faultless, clearing every tie without need for extra time or replays, conceding a single goal in the last four rounds and eliminating three of the Premier League's top nine, two of them on their travels.
There were no lucky draws either: 80% of their opponents were top-tier colleagues, and all from the top two-thirds of the table no less. The exception was a mid-table Championship side who reached the semi-finals in 2015 in Reading, while they only got to play one of their games at Selhurst Park.
Man United by contrast had the benefit of two draws against League One clubs and met just one top-half companion, yet they needed a replay to remove them and required 90th-minute winners in two other rounds, mustering a 33% clean-sheet rate to Palace's 60%.
The Eagles prevailed in their previous cup clash with the Red Devils this decade, delivering 2-1 after extra time at Old Trafford in the 2011/12 Capital One Cup when in the second tier. The favourites have seen them off in 90 minutes on a mere one of the past four occasions that their paths have collided in a cup, so they certainly look ripe for a lay at 1.784/5.
Both Teams to Score? No
The 1990 FA Cup final between this pair might have been a 3-3 epic, but there aren't many trends hinting at anything as wild as that on Saturday, with at least one of the sides failing to fire appearing to be a more sensible bet at 1.814/5.
This punt has paid out in five of their six showdowns since Palace returned to the Premier League in 2013, ten of the most recent 14 FA Cup finals and three of Pardew's men's last four contests in the competition.
Lay Man United to win @ 1.784/5
Back both teams to score? No @ 1.814/5
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