By News Team
30th July 2020
The 139th FA Cup final has been described as the ‘Battle of London’ with Chelsea and Arsenal fighting it out to be crowned winners of the competition once again. Here is our look ahead to Saturday’s encounter at Wembley.
Tight affair predicted
It has been two different stories between these clubs this season. Chelsea will be feeling confident after securing Champions League football last weekend with a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal, on the other hand, finished the season in a disappointing eighth, which leaves them without any sort of European football next season, but a win at Wembley on Saturday evening will see them take a Europa League spot. Although Arsenal have more to play for, Chelsea head into this game as the slight favourites at 23/20 to win in 90 minutes, while Arsenal currently sit at 23/10.
Since the turn of the century, both Chelsea and Arsenal have won six FA Cup titles which makes them the most successful clubs in the competition since 2000, although the Gunners have won the trophy more times than any other club in history with 13 triumphs in total. Chelsea will be looking to enact revenge on their north London foes after losing to the Gunners in the 2017 final, while Arsenal will also be looking to gain revenge after last year’s 4-1 loss to the Blues in the Europa League final.
Giroud bang in form
Olivier Giroud is one of the major players fans will be keeping a keen eye on this weekend, with the former Gunner having scored six goals in his last seven games in all competitions. Giroud, who has won the trophy three times with Arsenal and once with Chelsea, is looking to make it his fifth winners’ medal in seven years.
The Frenchman has never lost an FA Cup game at Wembley during his career in England and if you fancy him to find the back of the net once again then you can get him at 11/8 to do just that.
Gunners banking on Aubameyang again
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, meanwhile, is priced at 23/20 to score anytime this weekend and he really is the man to watch for Arsenal. The Gabon international has found the back of the net 27 times in all competitions this season and he will be looking to improve on this figure at Wembley.
Aubameyang did not have a single FA Cup goal to his name until the Gunners’ semi-final showdown against Manchester City, in which he finally broke his duck and scored a brace to send Arsenal into the final. Can the Gunners captain do the same on Saturday and get his hands on the silverware? Arsenal are 5/4 to lift the trophy, with Chelsea the 8/13 favourites.