It’s the final of the Europa League that’s happening this Wednesday. And since the 1971/72 season, it’s the first all-English final of this competition (and its predecessors). So, who will win in the London Derby taking place at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan? Chelsea or Arsenal? You will have to read our Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction and betting tips in order to find out! Before the match starts, you can visit some online casino and make some fun.
Let’s start this Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction by reminding ourselves how the Blues performed in the league this season. They finished the season at the third spot on the Premier League table, thus securing a place in the Champions League. They achieved it after a not-too-impressive couple of weeks. The luck was on their side – Tottenham, Arsenal, and Man United (teams that finished behind the Blues) all lost three matches in the five final rounds of the season.
But, let’s get back to the Europa League. Chelsea first played in the Champions League but failed to qualify for the knockout stage. They did, at least, win the third place, which took them to the eight-final of the Europa League where they hammered Dynamo Kyiv, first by 3:0, then by 5:0.
Chelsea then played Slavia Prague, which they also left behind fairly easily. But, then a really big challenge came in the semifinal. They played against Eintracht Frankfurt and the score in both matches was 1:1. The finalist was decided on penalties.
There’s no doubt that Chelsea belong here. They’re a good team and are the favorite to win the trophy. Most of their key men are fit for the game. And they seem to be ready for it, considering that Chelsea had time to play a friendly ahead of this duel.
Unlike Chelsea, Arsenal didn’t play any friendlies to prepare for this game. Also unlike Chelsea, Arsenal are going to miss a number of their players in the final. The most important absentee is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. No, he’s not injured, he’s absent because he’s refused to come to Azerbaijan.
The thing is that Mkhitaryan’s native country, Armenia has very bad relations with Azerbaijan and regular Armenians aren’t allowed to visit it. Due to UEFA rules, Azerbaijan’s government was willing to make an exception for Mkhitaryan but he refused to go.
Apart from him, the Gunner will have to do without a few other players, including, Ramsey, Suarez, and the three defenders who have been injured for weeks. Still, even without them, Arsenal do seem capable of winning the trophy.
They’re the underdog in this match, but the same was the case on many occasions in the past. This season, they’ve managed to knock out such teams as Napoli, Valencia, and to a lesser extent, Rennes. And the last time they played Chelsea, the score was 2:0 for the Gunners. But, does this mean our Chelsea vs Arsenal betting tips will go in the Gunners’ favor? Scroll down to find out!
- Callum Hudson-Odoi (injury)
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (injury)
- Antonio Rudiger (injury)
- N’Golo Kante (doubtful)
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (politics)
- Aaron Ramsey (injury)
- Denis Suarez (injury)
- Rob Holding (injury)
- Konstantinos Mavropanos (injury)
- Hector Bellerin (injury)
- Danny Welbeck (doubtful)
Kepa – Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso – Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley – Hazard, Willian, Higuain
Leno – Mustafi, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Kolasinac – Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ozil – Lacazette, Aubameyang
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction
I have zero doubt that this is going to be a close game. Both teams have fabulous players and both teams are desperately hoping to win a trophy this season. We can expect a real battle on the pitch and we might not find out who’s the winner until after the extra time.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Tips
- Draw @3.40 (bet365)
- BTS @1.73 (William Hill)