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Arsenal v Chelsea, FA Cup Final 01.08.2020

Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns this Saturday at Wembley in the finals of the world’s oldest cup competition.


By their standards, Arsenal have had a woeful season. Their 8th place finish is the worst in 25 years. As with previous years, they are once again looking to get a Cup Win to – if only momentarily – paper over their glaring failures. Except, this time a triumph would go further than a consolation. A win or loss for Arsenal here has ramifications extending far beyond the pitch.

There have been shades of improvements since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December. They put up great defensive shifts against Liverpool and Man City. But they still have a lot to do.

Arsenal have had great success in the FA Cup. They’ve won it a record thirteen times, including eight of their last nine final appearances. The last one came against Chelsea in 2017 and they will be hoping for a repeat of the same.


Given the circumstances surrounding Chelsea at the beginning of the season, saying they have exceeded expectations is a fair statement. They lost talisman Hazard to Real Madrid, had a transfer ban and a rookie coach in Frank Lampard. Yet here they are in the FA Cup Final and have secured next year’s champions league football with after finishing fourth in the league.

That alone has seen them actively involved in the transfer market with a few great signings already done and others lined up.

Like Arsenal, they too have also had success in recent times with this competition with their last win coming in 2018 and will be hoping to continue the same.

Possible Line Ups

  • Martinez
  • Maitland-Niles
  • Luiz
  • Kolasinac
  • Tierney
  • Bellerin
  • Ceballos
  • Xhaka
  • Pepe
  • Lacazette
  • Aubameyang
  • Coach: Mikel Arteta
  • Caballero
  • Azpilicueta
  • Zouma
  • Rüdiger
  • Alonso
  • Barkley
  • Kovacic
  • Mount
  • Willian
  • Giroud
  • Pulisic
  • Coach: Frank Lampard
Injured: Mustafi (muscle), Özil (Back), Martinelli (Knee), Leno (Knee), Villar (Ankle) Chambers (injured), Guendouzi (disciplinary action by club) and Kante (Hamstring), van Ginkel (knee), Kovacic (Muscle), Tomori (Muscle)


Whenever these two teams meet, it’s usually a fiery encounter. The fact that they are meeting in the FA Cup Final doesn’t take any of that edge away. If anything, it actually enhances it. They both came through very difficult semi-finals to triumph against more fancied opponents. Both teams are awash with an abundance of attacking talent and for both of them, the defence has not been their calling card this season. Both of their league meetings had both teams scoring. In fact, five of their last six encounters have had both teams scoring. We are backing the same @ 1.70 with Betway as our first betting tip.

There is a lot riding on the game for both teams. They are looking for their only silverware this season, which incidentally, will also be the first for their respective rookie managers. However, a triumph here will mean everything for Arsenal. Having failed to qualify for Europa through the leg, a win will give them the alternative route to Europa. That has massive implications in terms of finances and their ability to attract or retain top players. We reckon they will play like their lives depend on it and we are backing them to win or draw the game also @ 1.70 with Betway betting app as our final prediction here.

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