Chelsea and Arsenal are set to make the short trip across London to Wembley on May 27 to decide who lifts the FA Cup.
The pair overcome tough semi-final matches to earn their place in the final, and now the London duo will be preparing for a big end-of-season showdown.
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Chelsea come into the match hoping to secure a domestic league and cup double, having wrapped up the Premier League title up early, while Arsenal look destined to finish without a place in next season’s Champions League, and may need the competition to save their dismal campaign.
The Blues can tinker with their squad for their last Premier League match next weekend, giving his players a fresher build-up to the Wembley showdown, but the Gunners have no such luck, as they have to fight tooth-and-nail to try and claw their way back into fourth in the league, and have to beat both Sunderland (today) and Everton this week to have any chance.
The Blues will of course be favourites for the final, not only because they will be the more rested of the two sides, but because they have been the stand-out side of this season’s domestic campaign, and their lack of European football has allowed them to dominate this season.
Antonio Conte changed the mould this season by adopting a 3-4-2-1 system, and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has recently given in to calls for change, and has followed the Italian’s idea. Both sides will now line-up in a system that was not in the thinking at the beginning of the term, and the seemingly defensive system has somehow boosted the team’s goalscoring impressively.
You would usually expect a rocky first-half in the FA Cup final when big sides collide, but this new system allows so much attacking freedom and creativity that I simply can’t expect a low-scoring final. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is a guarantee in my eyes, and is a good basis if you are happy to double your stake.
I’m more than likely to use that more as a cover bet for the remainder of my picks however, and I like the widely available 11/4 (3.75) available on Chelsea to win and both to score.
What are your picks for the cup final?