Even though this season’s Premier League has ended last weekend, fans can still watch a top game this Saturday thanks to the FA Cup final. In Wembley stadium two London teams will fight for the trophy, still behind closed doors. In the Arsenal vs Chelsea betting preview we check the favourite of the game and a few possible variations you can bet on.
This will be the 139th FA Cup final and a repeat of the 2002 and 2017 finals, when the same teams have met each other. Arsenal won both previous games, but their victory now would be more surprising. Even getting to the final is a small miracle from the Gunners who only finished in 8th place in the Premier League. While Chelsea had a much better season, finishing in 4th place which also means they can play in the Champions League next season. For Arsenal, this is the only chance to save their season. As winning the cup would also reward them with a place in the Europa League. Arsenal have already won the FA Cup a record 13 times, so might have a chance against Frank Lampard’s team.
Arsenal vs Chelsea betting preview favour the Blues
Despite the historical background, online sportsbooks in the UK are favouring Chelsea to win the game. They have the odds of 2.15 at Bet365 Sportsbook for Chelsea winning in the full time result, while Arsenal’s win has the odds of 3.30. The South London team has been playing well all season, under the management of former team captain Frank Lampard. He used several young Chelsea talents in his team, like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori. But experienced great players like Olivier Giroud, Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian all helped the team to get to the final.
The Blues didn’t have an easy path this FA Cup season. After meeting Nottingham Forest and Hull City they faced Liverpool in the 5th round. They beat the champions 2-0 and won against Leicester City in the quarter-finals. While in the semi-final they played against Manchester United and won quite easily with 3-1 at the end. Arsenal had a much easier way to the final. They played against Leeds United, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield United. Then in the other semi-final they met last year’s FA Cup winner Manchester City. For everyone’s surprise Arsenal won the game 2-0 with the two goals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A final with goals from both side is expected
Hopefully both teams will try to win the game in the normal 90 minutes and focus on attacking. As we can see, there are great strikers on both sides, who are capable of scoring any time. Online gambling sites in the UK are offering the odds of 1.75 at Bet365 Sportsbook for both teams to score. While 2.00 is the odds with only one team scoring. Aubemayang is the most likely person to score first with the odds of 4.75. He is followed by Chelsea youngster Abraham and Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette.
Of course, a strong defense and midfield are also needed in order to get the victory. Chelsea’s weakest point has been the goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga who has made several huge errors this season. But Lampard wasn’t afraid to remove him from the starting 11 and use veteran Argentine keeper Willy Caballero instead. Which proved to be a great decision after Caballero has been very convincing in the last two FA Cup games. So he is likely to start again in the final.
While defenders at the Gunners can be very hectic, making Mikel Arteta’s job even more difficult. Sometimes they work perfectly but they are also capable of making huge errors. Arsenal also have to miss their main goalkeeper, Bernd Leto due to injury and hope Emiliano Martinez can be a worthy replacement. So overall Chelsea seems to be the favourite in a game with only one team to be able to score according to Arsenal vs Chelsea betting preview. To find all available betting options just visit Bet365 website.