FA Cup Final Preview 2020: Arsenal v Chelsea – Blues for Gunners predicted as Chelsea continue winning trend
2019-20 Emirates FA Cup final preview 2020: Arsenal v Chelsea – Wembley stadium – 1 August, 2020 – 17:30 hrs.
Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Final Preview 2020 PredictionsBet365 odds subject to change and correct as of 30/07/2020.
All our tips are a challenge only and do not guarantee success.
Arsenal v Chelsea Preview
It will be an all-London affair at the Wembley stadium this Saturday when Arsenal and Chelsea face off each other for one of the most prestigious silverwares in English football.
Frank Lampard having already secured a UEFA Champions League berth will look to put the icing on the cake with a FA Cup title at the Wembley having reached there on a high after a 3-1 humbling of Manchester United in the semi-finals.
As for Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, an eighth-placed Premier League finish and the prospects of losing out on European football could provide him with the required impetus to win on Saturday.
In their progress to the final, Arsenal beat title-holders Manchester City 2-0 in the semis and in a Premier League encounter registered a morale-boosting 2-1 win over reigning champions Liverpool.
The final will of course be played behind closed doors as both Lampard and Arteta battle it out for their first silverware of the season.
As far as Chelsea team news go, midfielder N’Golo Kante could well remain the long-term absentee he has been for some time out with a thigh injury.
Willian could be a 50-50 case for Saturday's clash after missing out on Chelsea’s 2-0 over Wolverhampton Wanderers last Sunday. Nineteen-year old Billy Gilmour also looks doubtful following a knee surgery.
Arsenal will be without Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s seems to be recovering from his injuries but is unlikely to feature in the final, which means Emi Martinez will man the posts.
The good news for the Gunners is that Hector Bellerin is set to return after missing last weekend's 3-2 win over Watford with a calf problem. Striker Edward Nketiah is still under a red-card suspension.
Given their much superior showing in the Premier League, Chelsea are the favourites going into the 1st August clash. However, Arsenal's recent wins against Liverpool and Man City show they are capable of beating any English team on their day.
Much of the outcome will depend on how Lampard's men approach the game. If the Blues plan to dominate possession by maintaining a high line as both Liverpool and City did, they could be caught napping by vicious Arsenal counter-attacks.
But should Lampard draw Arsenal out, Arteta's hit-on-the-breaks tactics could be seriously tested.
For Chelsea, Olivier Giroud will be the man to watch out for.
The French striker has found the back of the net 7 times in 10 appearances, scoring in each of his last four outings and looks a solid candidate to score against his former club on Saturday.
To give company to Giroud upfront will be the brilliant Christian Pulisic, the talented Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Willian in case he is able to feature.
But Chelsea have serious issues at the back and the huge number of goals they have conceded this season will always be a cue to the likes of Pierre Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette to put a couple past the Blues defense.
With 27 goals for Arsenal this season, Aubameyang will be the Gunners' go-to man at Wembley along with Lacazzete and Nicolas Pepe who will be expected to provide the Gabonese striker good support upfront.
It's worth mentioning that the last encounter between these two was held in January of this year and finished without a winner with 2-2 being the final result.
The Blues are unbeaten in the last three editions of this London derby, recording two wins, the first of which was last season's Europa League final.
Victory for Arsenal side would secure a Europa League berth, so releasing further funds for Arteta to invest in his squad – that additional incentive could tip the balance in their favour.
FA Cup Final Preview Arsenal v Chelsea Odds
- Chelsea to lift the trophy: 8/13
- Arsenal to lift the trophy: 13/10
Both teams to score
Draw 1-1: 11/2
Chelsea 1-0: 7/1
Chelsea 2-1: 8/1 (Predicted scoreline)
Chelsea 2-0: 10/1
Arsenal 1-0: 10/1
Arsenal 2-1: 11/1
Draw 2-2: 12/1 (Predicted scoreline)
Chelsea 3-1: 16/1
Arsenal 2-0: 16/1
Chelsea 3-2: 25/1
Arsenal 3-1: 25/1
Arsenal 3-2: 33/1
Anytime goal scorer
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 5/4
Olivier Giroud: 7/4
Tammy Abraham: 7/5
Alexandre Lacazette: 8/5
Christian Pulisic: 9/4
Nicolas Pepe: 9/4
Mason Mount: 9/4