Manchester City vs Manchester UnitedFA Cup, KO: 15:00 Jun 3, 2023, Wembley Stadium
MANCHESTER will be empty on Saturday as the first ever FA Cup Final between United and City takes place at Wembley.
City's quest for the treble enters its second phase and they are lofty favourites to win it in style against their Old Trafford neighbours, who are themselves going for a domestic double having won the League Cup earlier this season.
Pep Guardiola masterminded a sensational end to the season as they simply overwhelmed Arsenal with their relentless consistency.
They did lose their last game of the season at Brentford with a shadow team, but they have time and time again stepped up to the plate when it mattered.
Real Madrid were swept aside and a run of 18 wins and two draws in 20 games in all competitions at the business end of the season tells you all you need to know.
In the FA Cup, they had to beat Arsenal and Chelsea before taking care of Championship teams on their run to Wembley.
United have been the opposite of City – a lack of consistency has cost them. They have shown plenty of glimpses of their potential and on their day are a match for anyone, but you cannot be certain of which United will turn up.
How the bookies view it
Recent head to heads
City thumped United 6-3 back in October, but United got their revenge in January with a 2-1 win.
They haven't met in the FA Cup for 11 years with United winning that 3-2.
Players to watch
Erling Haaland is just about backable here at 8/11 with Paddy Power and that's likely to be a popular wager with the Norwegian currently on 58 goals in 57 games for club and country this season.
Marcus Rashford has also enjoyed an impressive season with 33 goals for club and country. He's maybe gone off the boil slightly recently, but he still netted against Chelsea last week. He is 3/1 to score anytime with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
While United actually come into this game in good form and have already turned over City this season, it's hard to see them stopping a City side at their best.
When they've needed to, Guardiola's men have always stepped it up and when in the mood, can destroy opponents as Real Madrid found out.
United will be absolutely desperate to stop City taking the next step on that treble, but this game looks made for Haaland, who has already netted a hat-trick against United this season.
Back him to bag a brace or more at an attractive 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Paul Tierney is the ref and he's flashed seven at Brighton v Southampton, six at Leeds v Leicester City and eight at Liverpool v Arsenal all within the past couple of months.
This could easily kick off and it's something of a surprise to see bet365 offer 4/5 on only over 3.5 cards.
This FA Cup match between Manchester City and Manchester United will be played on Jun 3, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Manchester City vs Manchester United prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.