Gvardiol to Score Anytime

The Croatian defender has been in sublime form towards the back end of the season, more converted to a left back under Pep, his attacking output has been exceptional and totally unexpected.

His last nine games have seen the 22 year-old find the net five times, recently bagging a brace three games ago against Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

Across those nine games, he has also registered 12 shots at goal. Five goals could have quite easily been seven goals if it wasn’t for Kaminski of Luton and Jose Sa of Wolves who both denied him with great saves. 

With United’s defensive frailties this season, ranking them 2nd for shots conceded in the Premier League (17.6 per game), there should be ample opportunity for Gvardiol to exploit. 

He can also be dangerous from set pieces, bolstered by Harry Maguire not featuring, and the return of 5ft 8 Lisandro Martinez giving City a huge aerial advantage. 

Under 4.5 Cards

An FA Cup final is always huge for the teams involved, a chance to gain more silverware, but cards aren’t always a given. Last year’s final between the two saw four cards given, three of which came after the 79th minute. 

Eight of the last nine head to heads between the two sides dating back to 20/21 season saw under 4.5 cards and with a great refereeing appointment for the unders, it looks good value.

Andy Madley takes charge of this final, who ranks the lowest of 22 referees for yellows per game this season, with just 2.25, which is incredibly low. Only one of his last 14 games in charge has seen over 4.5 cards, and that was when Liverpool hosted Luton back in February.