Chelsea v Arsenal FA Cup Final Betting Predictions | Back a Chelsea Win with Skybet

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Betting Tip: Backing a Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals

It is rather fitting that Chelsea and Arsenal, the FA Cup’s most successful teams in the 21st century, are contesting this year’s final at Wembley. Between them, the two London clubs have won the trophy nine times in 17 years.

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This season has been one of real contrast for both. Arsenal are struggling to maintain their record of qualifying for the Champions League in every season under Arsene Wenger, who has been at the club since 1996. Poor form has seen fans call for his head, and perhaps even a third FA Cup title in four years won’t change some minds.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, who is looking to repeat the feat of fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti and win the domestic double in his first season at Stamford Bridge. For long spells this season, Chelsea looked unstoppable, mainly because of Conte’s tactics, but in recent weeks they have had to rely on their ability to grind out results and get over the line.

In a nutshell, that is why we believe Chelsea are good value for an FA Cup final bet in 2016/17.

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Playing three at the back has become very popular this season, but it was began by Conte. Arsene Wenger had never experimented with three at the back before a game at Middlesbrough earlier this month, but he too has begun to change. The most intriguing thing about this new tactical fad is the different approaches to it.

Arsenal have been more narrow, playing two midfielders in behind their opponents and demanding more from their wingbacks, while Conte allows his equivalents to roam more freedom, which is why Eden Hazard has been able to cause such problems to many teams, not least Arsenal, this season.

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Wenger plays two energetic, box to box type midfielders in front of his defence, meaning there could be dangerous amounts of space for the likes of Hazard and Cesc Fabregas to run into. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic can just sit in and allow those in front to influence the game, giving them the edge.

But if Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez get on the ball, they can give Arsenal hope. This game will be a great cup tie, and whoever holds their nerve better will win. On past viewing, Chelsea have to be made favourites.

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