Wembley Stadium will play host to Sunday's FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea. The game kicks off at 2:30 am with Chelsea heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Arsenal vs. Chelsea game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Sunday August 2, 2020 at 2:30 am
Where: Wembley Stadium
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It’s a rematch of the 2017 FA Cup Final where Arsenal stunned newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea to claim a record 13th title on the back of Per Mertesacker’s herculean efforts.
Of course things are a whole lot different heading into this match, starting with the states of the two clubs.
The Gunners are in the midst of a major transition, having just finished in eighth place in the recently concluded Premier League campaign and the futures of several players up in the air as new boss Mikel Arteta puts his stamp on the squad.
Chelsea on the other hand enjoyed a strong season in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge of the club where he made his name as a player.
After qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on the final day of the season, Chelsea will now look to cap their season with a trophy.
In the Premier League this season, Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the first meeting at the Emirates with late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham before a 10-man Arsenal side battled for a point at Stamford Bridge in an enthralling 2-2 draw.
Last season these sides also met in the Europa League Final where Chelsea crushed a flat Arsenal team 4-1 in Azerbaijan.
How They Got Here
While Arsenal’s Premier League form was up and down, they seemingly found another gear when it came to this competition.
After grinding out a 1-0 win over Championship side Leeds in the third round, Arsenal defeated Premier League rivals Bournemouth 2-1 in the fourth round and were then drawn to face League One side and 2008 FA Cup champions Portsmouth, whom they defeated 2-0.
Following the COVID enforced break, Arsenal’s quarter final with Sheffield was held after the season resumed and it was a late Dani Ceballos goal that got them home before a memorable semi final win over Manchester City two weeks ago to send the club to its 21st FA Cup Final.
Chelsea on the other hand brushed aside Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round before seeing off a gallant Hull 2-1 in the fourth round before a memorable fifth round win over Liverpool sent them to the quarter finals.
In said quarter final they saw off Leicester 1-0 before a commanding 3-1 semi final win over Manchester United gave them a chance to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2018.
If nothing else, Arsenal and Chelsea tend to produce plenty of goals in their clashes… admittedly usually just for Chelsea but there’s value to be had backing a similar match to unfold at Wembley.
In five of the last six standalone, competitive matches we have seen Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals hit and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a market that will allow you to back that outcome.
There’s plenty of attacking talent (not to mention defensive fragility) on both teams so don’t be at all surprised if this match turns into a case of “last team to score wins”.
If we’re expecting goals in this match, then there’s value to be found in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
We’ll start off on the Chelsea side since that’s where the favourite lies in Frenchman Olivier Giroud.
He might not be the best striker to take to the pitch on Sunday morning but he has a knack for scoring those crucial goals for his club, no matter who it is.
Not to mention, if you’re the sort of person who is amused by these sorts of things, wouldn’t it be fitting for him to score against his former club in a final again?
Back Olivier Giroud Anytime Goalscorer at $2.30
Meanwhile, we’re not exactly going out on a limb backing Arsenal’s talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to get on the scoresheet but in an Arsenal side with few true elite players, he is perhaps the one.
His brace got Arsenal over the line against Manchester City, he is the man for the big occasion, or just any occasion as evidenced by his 68 goals in all competitions over the last two seasons.
If the Gunners are going to win this one, they need Aubameyang to be Batman in a team of Robins.
Back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Anytime Goalscorer at $2.63
Head to Head
In just about any other match, you could take Chelsea without a second thought but it’s hard to ignore the fact Arsenal are the FA Cup specialists.
Even when things are at their most chaotic for they club, there’s something about Wembley that seems to bring out the best in them.
There is no chance they do this in a canter, it will be scrappy, maybe not overly pretty and undoubtedly frustrating to watch, but in a situation like this, I’ll back Mikel Arteta to get the best out of his side as they claim FA Cup number 14.
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