Will It Be A Manchester Double This Weekend?

With the bizarre fixture list set out by the English FA, it looks likely that both the Premier League title and FA Cup will be won on the same day this year.

With four Premier League matches kicking off at 12.45 on FA Cup final day, Manchester United will be crowned Premier League champions for the 12th time, and Champions of England for the 19th time should they get just 1 point at Ewood Park when they face Blackburn Rovers.

Approximately 30 minutes after that match has concluded and presumably while the celebration scenes are not over, Manchester City and Stoke City will be kicking off at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final.

Some shambolic work that we have come to expect from the FA. Could these fixtures not have been moved to midweek? Or even tonight? What was wrong with Sunday?

The whole situation of the Champions League final being played at Wembley caused an initial problem for the FA, as it was scheduled for the same bank holiday weekend the Football League hosts its three consecutive play-off finals. Instead, the League One and Two playoff finals will be played at Old Trafford, whilst the Championship playoff final is uninterrupted; taking place at Wembley Stadium on Monday May 30th.

As for Manchester City, they are the bookmakers favourites to lift their first significant trophy in 35 years, having last won the League Cup in 1976. They have of course won a playoff final and second tier since then. As for Stoke City, who like the underdog tag, they’re looking to lift only their second significant trophy following their 1972 League Cup win. On Saturday, the Potters will be appearing in their first ever FA Cup final.

Who do you think will win this season’s FA Cup? The bookmakers have issued the following odds to lift the trophy:

Manchester City: 2/5
Stoke City: 2/1