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Chelsea vs Arsenal betting tips: Europa League Final preview & predictions

Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

213 different teams from 55 different countries have competed in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

Now just two remain.

Chelsea and Arsenal are located just eight miles apart in London but both will travel over 2,900 miles east to Baku’s Olympic Stadium to contest this final.

Chelsea are looking to win this title that they last lifted as recently as 2013.

Arsenal have never won this competition and are looking to win European silverware for the first time since 1994.

Who will come out on top in Azerbaijan?

Europa League trophy

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 24: The UEFA Europa League trophy is seen inside the stadium prior too the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Highlights of Chelsea 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Highlights of Arsenal 7-3 Valencia

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Chelsea are slight favourites at 13/10 to win in 90 minutes.

Arsenal are 21/10 to win in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 23/10.

Either team to win in extra time is 5/1.

Either team to win in a penalty shootout is 11/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 5/6, as is under 2.5 goals.

Both teams to score yes is 4/6 with no 11/10.

Chelsea to win and both teams to score is 10/3.

Arsenal to win and both teams to score is 9/2.

Chelsea are odds on at 4/6 to lift the trophy; Arsenal are 11/10.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Alexander Lacazette Arsenal

VALENCIA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal (R) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with teammate Alexandre Lacazette during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard has five career goals against Arsenal. The Belgian is 4/1 to score first and 8/5 to add to his tally.

Olivier Giroud is the UEFA Europa League’s top scorer with ten goals in 13 appearances. He’s 5/1 to score first and 21/10 to score against his former side.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 31 goals this season including eight in the Europa League. He’s also 4/1 to score first and is 13/8 to add to his tally.

Alexandre Lacazette scored three goals in the semi-final win over Valencia. He’s 5/1 to score first and 21/10 to add to his 19 goals this season.

Both Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard to score is 8/1.

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score is also 8/1.

Both Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud to score is 18/1.

Both David Luiz and Laurent Koscielny to score is 200/1.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Europa League final match preview

Chelsea celebrate their winner vs Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Can Chelsea cap off, what has been, a successful season?

The Blues may have concluded their league campaign with three draws from their last four games but that was enough to secure a third place finish.

UEFA Champions League qualification was vital after missing out last season.

They also reached the Carabao Cup final where they were beaten only in a penalty shootout by Manchester City.

However, despite all of this, there is still speculation surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future.

This could well be his last game in charge of Chelsea.

Could winning this Europa League title save Sarri?

The Blues, for the most part, have found the UEFA Europa League all to easy.

They amassed 16 points in a group containing PAOK, MOL Vidi and BATE Borisov.

Then, they put five past Malmö, eight past Dynamo Kyiv and scored five more against Slavia Prague to reach the semi-finals.

However, Eintracht Frankfurt proved to be a far tougher opponent.

Both legs finished 1-1 meaning it was to be just the third UEFA Cup (Europa League) semi-final to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Ross Barkley did score Chelsea’s first spot-kick but César Azpilicueta saw his effort saved.

Jorginho and David Luiz then scored to keep the Blues alive but Frankfurt had the chance to put themselves on the brink of the final.

However, their last two penalties were saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga meaning Eden Hazard had the chance to send Chelsea to Baku.

The Belgian, who’s scored 87.5% of his career penalties, was never going to miss and he duly fired Chelsea into the final.

They are unbeaten in their last 17 Europa League games, the longest such run in the competition since it was rebranded in 2009-10.

Can they make that 18 against their London rivals and win a piece of European silverware for the sixth time?

The Unai Emery League

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

As for Arsenal, they really need to win this final.

The Gunners collapsed at the end of the Premier League season, amassing just seven points from their last seven games.

That saw them miss out on a top four finish.

So, this is now their only route into the Champions League or they’ll face a third successive season stuck in the Europa League.

But, they have the ideal manager to guide them to UEFA Europa League glory.

Unai Emery led Sevilla to three successive Europa League wins between 2014-2016, beating Benfica, Dnipro and Liverpool in those finals.

Only one other manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, has won this competition three times so Emery will be looking to become the outright record holder.

Arsenal’s route to the final has not been as straight forward as Chelsea’s.

They did though also get 16 points in the group stages, comfortably defeating Sporting CP, Qarabağ and Vorskla Poltava.

However, in the knockout stages, they had to come from behind after losing the first leg to both BATE Borisov and then Stade Rennais.

Things then got really serious when they were drawn against Napoli in the quarter-finals.

However, a 2-0 win in London was followed by a 1-0 victory at Stadio San Paolo in a surprisingly straight forward success.

Then, in the semi-final, they won 3-1 at home to Valencia before hammering Los Che 4-2 in the Mestalla.

That took their total to an impressive 29 goals in this competition so far.

Will they add enough to that tally to win the trophy and book their place in next season’s Champions League?

This is a huge game in Arsenal’s history.

Chelsea team news vs Arsenal

Eden Hazard

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Sarri has some injury concerns coming into this one but will still be able to name a strong side.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero in the semi-final shootout.

He was rested on the final day of the season but has kept 23 clean sheets in 53 appearances this season and will be back in.

Kepa’s inclusion will be one of six changes from that game.

César Azpilicueta will move back to right-back with Europa League ever-present Andreas Christensen coming in.

Antonio Rüdiger is out with a knee injury. The German defender has travelled to support his team mates.

Emerson is expected to keep his place ahead of Marcos Alonso at left-back.

In midfield, they are without key personnel.

As ever, Jorginho will be the anchor; he completed the most passes in the Premier League this season (3,118).

However, they are without two, would be, certain starters.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a serious Achilles rupture in a post-season match in Boston so will be out for quite a while.

Then, N’Golo Kanté suffered a knee injury in training last weekend so is also expected to be out.

Kanté has also travelled but is a major doubt. On Tuesday, Kante took a very limited role in Chelsea’s training session. For much of his time on the pitch, it was simply with a physiotherapist.

According to journalists inside the stadium, Kante did not not look like he was moving right and is not expected to take part in this final. A massive blow.

As a caveat to the above, Maurizio Sarri announced in his pre-match press conference that Kante was “50/50” to play.

So, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovačić will make up the midfield trio.

Further forward, they do have options.

Eden Hazard will be the key man in what could be his final Chelsea appearance.

The Belgian has scored 19 goals and registered 16 assists this season.

That meant he’s just the fourth player in Premier League history to register 15+ goals and 15+ assists in the same season.

Pedro’s form is likely to see him get the nod over Willian.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to feature again for some time due to his Achilles tendon rupture.

Through the middle, the Europa League’s top scorer Olivier Giroud is expected to start against his former club.

That would mean Gonzalo Higuaín would be on the bench.

Will this be the side celebrating in Baku?

Arsenal team news vs Chelsea

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal dons a Black Panther mask as he celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Sead Kolašinac of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

As for Arsenal, they really need to win this one and their XI virtually picks itself.

A lot has been said about their goalkeeper situation.

But, back-up goalkeeper Petr Čech will start ahead of Bernd Leno in what is his final game as a professional footballer.

Arsenal kept just one league clean sheet away from home this season, their fewest in a single top-flight campaign since 1967-68.

Can a back three of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal help earn a clean sheet far from home in this final?

It will be the 3-4-1-2 formation with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolašinac as wing-backs.

Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira will be the midfield duo with Mattéo Guendouzi left out.

Ahead of them, Emery has little option.

Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal after sustaining a hamstring injury away to Napoli.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also unavailable.

It has been decided that it is unsafe for the Armenian to travel to Azerbaijan.

It is disgraceful that he’ll miss out due to his nationality.

But, both of those absences mean that it will be Mesut Özil who starts.

Alex Iwobi is expected to be left in reserve.

There’s no doubt who will be up front.

Between them, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored all seven goals in the semi-final.

Since his Arsenal debut in August 2017, Lacazette has been directly involved in 50 goals for the club in all competitions, more than any other player (35 goals, 15 assists).

Aubameyang meanwhile has scored 31 goals this season so can either add to that here?

Can this side fire Arsenal to European glory and back into the Champions League?

A huge game awaits in Azerbaijan.

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Arsenal.

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Arsenal.

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Chelsea.

The latest tweets from Chelsea pre Arsenal

The latest tweets from Arsenal pre Chelsea

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Back Chelsea at 11/1 or Arsenal at 16/1 to win the Europa League final!