Arsenal vs. Chelsea: FA Cup Final – Match Preview

Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head in Saturday’s FA Cup Final with the Blues looking to complete an amazing double.

The Gunners ended the season out of the top four, despite beating Everton on the final day of the league season.

Chelsea secured their second title in three years, ending the league season with 30 victories, a record for the Premier League.

Arsenal enjoyed a favourable run to the final of the FA Cup, beating two non league sides in Sutton United and Lincoln City.

They did produce an excellent performance in the semi-final though to get the better of Manchester City.

Chelsea eliminated London rivals Tottenham in the semi-finals, with Willian scoring twice for the Blues.

Their best other result was a 1-0 success at home to Manchester United in the Quarter’s thanks to an N’Golo Kante winner.

Enhanced match odds

Chelsea to beat Arsenal: 6/1 with Paddy Power*

A yellow card to be shown: 8/1 with Coral*

Arsenal 16/1 or Chelsea 6/1 with Betfair*

Arsenal to beat Chelsea: 16/1 with Paddy Power*

Arsenal 60/1 or Chelsea 25/1 with Betfair*

Chelsea to beat Arsenal: 25/1 with Paddy Power*

Form guide: Arsenal W5 D0 L0; Chelsea W5 D0 L0
FA Cup top scorers
Arsenal – Theo Walcott 5 goals
Chelsea – Pedro & Willian 4 goals each

Match history
Both sides won the home meeting in the Premier League this term, with Chelsea easing to a 3-1 success in the most recent fixture.

The last FA Cup meeting between the two was back in 2009, with Chelsea recovering from a goal down to win the semi-final.

Last five meetings (All Premier League unless stated)
Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1 – 04/02/17
Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0 – 24/09/16
Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 – 24/01/16
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0 – 19/09/15
Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1 (Community Shield) – 02/08/15

Both teams to score – 3/4 with 888 Sport

Team news
Arsenal will be without both Gabriel and captain Laurent Koscielny in defence!

Gabriel is ruled out until August, whilst Koscielny is banned following a red card on the final day of the season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be fit, but Hector Bellerin could well continue from a wing-back role.

Chelsea will name a very predictable XI here, with just two spots up for grabs in the side.

Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic will battle it out to partner Kante in midfield, with the latter expected to start.

Willian and Pedro have rotated frequently this season and either could start here.

Expected starting XI’s
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs; Sanchez, Ozil; Welbeck
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Pedro

Predictions

Result: Chelsea (25/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 1-2 (17/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Eden Hazard (7/4 with 888 Sport)

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