The longest English domestic campaign finally comes to a close on Saturday evening as London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal clash at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final.
Two of the most successful teams in the competition’s history, it is the second time that the Gunners and Blues have met in the final in the past three years. It was Arsenal who were actually successful in 2017, running out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, whilst Diego Costa was on the scoresheet for the Blues.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have more recent experience of winning the trophy, also managing to reach the final in 2018 and winning against Manchester United. Frank Lampard’s troops can be backed at a price of 8/13 with William Hill to lift the trophy this time around, whilst the Gunners are less fancied at 5/4.
Despite their ‘favourites’ tag, the Blues do not necessarily have the best form when it comes to facing Arsenal in the FA Cup. The two have met 20 times in the competition throughout history, with Chelsea only winning five times and the Gunners claiming victory on nine occasions. Considering that history, an entertaining game could well be in prospect, with both sides having found the net in 14 matches. That to occur this time around can be backed at 6/10 with Paddy Power.
One man who will certainly hope to be on the scoresheet is former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has found some brilliant form since the resumption of football with seven goals in all competitions including the opening strike against Manchester United in the semi-finals. He is one of the favourites to hit the front in the match, available at a price of 4/1 with Betfair. Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the favourite to net from an Arsenal perspective and sits at 10/3.
The Gunners could well be boosted by a significant returnee for the match, with Bernd Leno having returned to training. The German stopper has been missing since mid-June. Hector Bellerin could also potentially return to the starting line-up having not played a minute of he final three Premier League fixtures of the campaign. However, long-term absentees Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli (both knee), Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Pablo Mari (ankle) remain out. Meanwhile, Willian, who is close to penning a new contract at Stamford Bridge, sustained a knock so is doubtful for Chelsea. N’Golo Kante has stepped up his recovery from a thigh injury so could well feature.