Chelsea v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 23, 2019
Baku Olympic Stadium - Europa League Final
It is an all-Premier League clash in the Europa League Final as Chelsea take on Arsenal in Baku, with the winner securing a spot in next season's Champions League.
Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 at home back in August 2018, but the Gunners got their revenge in the reverse fixture, with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in January.
Their most recent cup final meeting came in the 2017 FA Cup final, with Arsenal winning 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea are confident that midfielder N'Golo Kante will be fit in time for the final, after the French international missed their last two games of the season with a hamstring problem.
Maurizio Sarri is hopeful that an extended rest period will enable him to be fit, but Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi are already ruled out through injury.
Arsenal have no fresh injury news ahead of the final, with Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin all sidelined until next season with long term injuries.
Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't travel to Baku due to a political situation.
Chelsea v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Chelsea have already secured the return of Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, after finishing third in the Premier League, meaning a win is not needed for a back door route back into the competition in 2019-20. Sarri remains under pressure, and his position is likely to be assessed this season despite their league finish and the potential of a first European trophy since 2012, as an interesting sub-plot to this final.
Arsenal, on the other hand, need to win in Baku if Unai Emery wants to bring his side back in the Champions League in his first season in charge at the club, after they fell short in the Premier League. The Gunners will need no extra motivation in this one, with the prospect of a third successive season of Europa League hanging over the players like a dark shadow in the coming weeks.
With more at stake for Arsenal, they should be able to take the initiative and go and win in order to bring Europe's elite competition back to the Emirates Stadium - with an Arsenal win priced at 6/5. Although given their struggles at the back in recent weeks, with no clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions, they will find it hard to keep Chelsea out - and with that in mind, a BTTS bet is available at 3/4.
Arsenal to win 2-1 at 10/1
Arsenal have to win this game, it is a simple as that in the minds of their supporters as they head to Azerbaijan for this final against their city rivals. Emery's record in this competition could also hold the key - with the former Sevilla boss the most successful manager in the tournament's history.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime at 17/10
Despite all the attention likely to be on Eden Hazard, in what could well be his final game for Chelsea - Aubameyang is the man in form. The Arsenal forward ended the Premier League season as the joint highest scorer, alongside Mo Salah and Sadio Mane -and he has seven goals in his last four appearances in all competitions.