Chelsea have a great chance of reaching the 2020 FA Cup final this season, but must first face a Manchester United team in great form in the semi-final on Sunday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions.
Frank Lampard will be without both N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour against United, with Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho set to start as a midfield three.
So, what will the final score be? And what lineup will Lampard go with against United?
Ahead of this FA Cup semi-final, we used FIFA 20 to get a score prediction…
Manchester United vs Chelsea score predicted using FIFA 20
To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 20 but didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself.
The AI difficulty was set to legendary, with the line-up updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions.
We predict that Manchester United will set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
We predict that Chelsea will set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.
As you would expect from a game of this magnitude, chances were few and far between in this match, with both sides looking nervous.
Chelsea had a decent amount of possession, but weren’t really doing anything with it, whilst United always looked dangerous on the ball, particularly on the right through Daniel James, who was terrorising Marcos Alonso.
And just before half-time, James exploited Alonso once again, which lead to the opening goal for United.
Wan-Bissaka won the ball back from Alonso on the halfway line before playing a pass down the line for James, who sprinted forward and crossed towards Anthony Martial, who struck his shot first time past Kepa and into the near post.
On the second viewing it became obvious that Kepa should have done much better with Martial’s effort, which beat the Spaniard far too easily.
In the second-half, United took control the game in terms of possession, as they tried to frustrate Chelsea in the latter stages.
Unfortunately for Lampard’s side, it worked perfectly, with United stopping the Blues from creating any real opportunities, as Solskjaer’s side sealed their place in the FA Cup final.
Full-time score: Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea
Here are the full-time match stats.
Ultimately, United were the better team overall in this game as Chelsea failed to test David De Gea, in what was a disappointing performance from the Blues