Arsenal vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final predictions, betting tips and preview - Antonio Conte's side well placed to complete The Double
Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Our betting tipster believes Chelsea could seal a near perfect season with victory in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening against Arsenal at Wembley. Antonio Conte’s side won the Premier League after leading the table for most of the season.
FA Cup Final 2017 Odds
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, meanwhile, ended the season in decent form, but it still climaxed in disappointing fashion, with the Gunners missing out on Champions League football for the first time in Wenger’s reign. A third FA Cup victory in four years may go some way to softening that particular blow, at least in some instances.
But the Blues are rightly favourites. They have only lost five games under Conte this season, and he is looking to emulate fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti by winning the league and cup double in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. Our FA Cup betting tip for this one is a draw HT/Chelsea FT at 4/1 on SkyBet. These encounters, whoever the teams, are often tight and nervy affairs, but the quality both Arsenal and Chelsea possess will make it all the more interesting. There is real value in backing the game to go beyond the realms of 90 minutes, with SkyBet offering 11/2 on either to win in extra time and 13/2 on either to win on penalties. More betting offers will be coming in for this game.
These big games require big performances. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard must shine for Chelsea, as well as Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal. The latter pair turned up in the semi finals, and they are priced at 7/5 and 9/5 to score anytime respectively. For a more risky, but better value bet, we suggest either Pedro any time at 15/8, or even Michy Batshuayi, who has scored three in his last two, first at 4/1. For the Gunners, Danny Welbeck is at a healthy 12/5 anytime. All goalscorer odds here are from Betfair.
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Looking at the sides’ head to head records this season, they are even. Both sides have won one game each. The 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates was probably the key game for Chelsea’s title charge, because it was then when Conte realised he must change his system to the 3-4-3 which has done so well this term.
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Arsenal then lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, but Wenger has also opted to play three in defence in recent weeks, affording more freedom to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who are afforded more room in central areas as a result of the wingbacks now in place.
Key Battle – N’Golo Kante vs Mesut Ozil
The similarity in the two formations mean there will be a lot of interesting battles across the pitch, but Ozil against Kante could be the most decisive. Whether Cesc Fabregas or Nemanja Matic partners the Frenchman will impact his work load, because if it is the former, Chelsea will be looking to push on and there will be more space for Ozil.
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The difference between Arsenal’s system and Chelsea’s is the positioning of the two behind the striker. For Chelsea they will start wide and drift in, while it is the other way around for the Gunners. That means Kante and his partner will have two players directly in behind them at all times, something they have struggled to deal with in games against Tottenham Hotspur, for example, this season.
If Ozil can cause enough problems for Kante, there will be hope for the Gunners, but Chelsea will hope he wins control of the midfield and therefore the game to lead them to victory.
Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Iwobi , Xhaka, Coquelin, Bellerin, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck
Chelsea: Courtois, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa