Chelsea have received a huge boost ahead of the FA Cup final with the news that N’Golo Kante and Willian have both recovered from injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday. Kante has not played for the Blues since coming off with a hamstring problem during their 3-0 win over Watford on July 4, while Willian missed last week’s victory against Wolves with an unspecified injury.
However, Frank Lampard says both players will be in the squad for the cup final, although he had less encouraging news regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Wembley specialist Olivier Giroud, who has won 12 of his 13 club appearances at the national stadium and is bidding for his fifth FA Cup winner’s medal, will lead the line. Christian Pulisic has declared himself 100 per cent fit after a niggling injury in recent weeks.
Mikel Arteta’s team for Arsenal’s FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley largely picks itself. Bernd Leno is back in training, but Emiliano Martinez will play in goal. Rob Holding should come into the back-three, with David Luiz and Kieran Tierney alongside him.The key debate is around who starts at left wing-back, with Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles contenders. The latter excelled against Manchester City in the semi final and therefore will hope to start.
When Is The Chelsea Game?
Game: Arsenal VS Chelsea
Date: 1st August, Saturday
Event: 2019-20 FA Cup
Location: Wembley Stadium, London
Chelsea Game Live Coverage
Saturday’s FA Cup final takes place at Wembley and is being shown in the Britain on BBC One – meaning it’s absolutely FREE to watch for anyone in the UK.
In Canada, Sportsnet is where to turn for all your FA Cup coverage, with this weekend’s Arsenal vs Chelsea kick-off set for 12.30pm ET / 9.30am PT.
ESPN has the exclusive US rights to this season’s FA Cup matches – and this weekend’s Arsenal vs Chelsea game will be aired on its ESPN+ streaming service, not on linear TV. Kick-off is at 12.30pm ET / 9.30am PT.
FA Cup coverage in New Zealand is provided by Sky Sport. Arsenal vs Chelsea is being aired on Sky Sport 7, with kick-off at 4.30am NZST on Sunday morning.
In India, it’s the Sony Pictures Sports Network and more specifically its Sony Ten channels that host FA Cup coverage live in the subcontinent.
According to bet365, the betting odd of Chelsea VS Arsenal game is fixed as:
Arsenal – 3.50
Draw – 3.40
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Arsenal have reached the FA Cup final a record 21 times and have also won the competition 13 times, more than any other side. They have featured in 15% of all FA Cup finals and the Gunners have not lost an FA Cup final at Wembley since a 1-0 defeat by West Ham in 1980. Arsenal finished outside the Premier League’s top 6 this season for the first time in 25 years but they have failed to score in only one of their past 31 FA Cup matches.
This is Chelsea’s 14th FA Cup final as a matter of fact only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) have reached more. The Blues have lost only one of their past 15 FA Cup matches. Since his FA Cup debut in 2013, Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals in the competition, second only to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. The Frenchman is aiming to become just the second player to score for and against a specific side (Arsenal) in separate FA Cup finals. Frank Stapleton netted for Arsenal against Manchester United in the 1979 final, and then for the Red Devils in the 1983 final versus Brighton.
Head to Head
Arsenal have won both of their previous FA Cup finals against Chelsea: 2-0 in 2002 and 2-1 in 2017.
However, Chelsea have won their other two meetings in major finals, by 2-1 in the 2007 League Cup and 4-1 in last year’s Europa League showpiece.
Chelsea’s only win in their past 9 FA Cup clashes with the Gunners came in the 2009 semi final.
The FA Cup Final Showdown
Unlike last year’s final between Manchester City and Watford, this game is very hard to call. For starters, it is going to be a very different sort of occasion. After the Premier League, we now know that football behind closed doors is strange, but this is going to be the strangest game yet.
It’s an FA Cup final and a derby game too, but it doesn’t really feel like that. Fans are an intrinsic part of football regardless, but that is even more the case for the moments when you win things. Without them at Wembley, it just won’t be the same but this one is a good game and Arsenal might just edge it.
But that’s not to say Chelsea are not dangerous whereas Arsenal have got more momentum and confidence at the moment, but otherwise it is difficult to split the two sides. Lampard believes the experience of taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup final can only be a positive for the development of his young players, and hopes a victory can help his side in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title.
Many of Lampard’s squad, such as academy graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James, are set to feature in their first Major Cup Final. Ahead of his first Major Cup Final as a Head Coach, Lampard expects to push the young side as high as possible whilst he prepares them to stand out as a club.
Here is the lineup prediction for Chelsea’s next game against Arsenal at FA Cup finals.
Defenders: Holding, Luiz, Tierney
Midfielders: Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles
Attackers: Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger
Midfielders: James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso
Attackers: Pulisic, Giroud, Mount
Chelsea only has a 48% chance of winning it’s next game against Arsenal. Check out BettingPremier’s Odds Converter tool for probability predictions.
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Chelsea have received a huge boost ahead of the FA Cup final with the...