Chelsea vs Arsenal Europa League Final - Premier League rivals set to go the distance

Little separates London neighbours as extra time beckons in Baku
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Chelsea and Arsenal are competing for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League trophy in Baku (Getty Images)

Chelsea vs Arsenal UEFA Europa League Final Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


It’s an all English Premier League affair in the UEFA Europa League final as Chelsea and Arsenal meet at the Olympic Stadium in Baku. Just two points separated these clubs in the EPL last season with a tight encounter expected in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Gunners’ manager Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times and Arsenal have to win to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Will that be the difference or can the Blues maintain their 17 match unbeaten run in the competition?

Chelsea FC Form & Team News


The Blues secured a return to the UEFA Champions League next season with Mauricio Sarri’s side finishing third in the English Premier League. Eden Hazard was the catalyst with the Belgian leading the club with 16 goals and 15 assists.

Chelsea drew five of their final six games in all competitions including two 1-1 draws against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. A penalty shootout was required with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga coming up big with two crucial saves.

Chelsea got past PAOK Thessaloníki, Mol Vidi FC and BATE Borisov in the group stage before accounting for Malmö, Dynamo Kyiv, Slavia Prague and Eintracht Frankfurt en route to the final. Chelsea are undefeated in their last 17 UEFA Europa League matches, including a 2-1 win against Benfica in the 2012-13 Final at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. 

Key to their hopes could be French striker Olivier Giroud who has scored 10 goals in the competition this season. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi have each scored four goals with Willian providing seven assists.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored 10 goals in the UEFA Europa League this season (Getty Images)

Hudson-Odoi is injured alongside defender Antonio Rüdiger and midfielder N'Golo Kanté. Kanté is a vital part of Sarri’s tactics and will hope to recover in time to feature against Arsenal.

Chelsea supporters and many bettors will be taking the 2.40 odds on offer for a Chelsea win. Their record in the competition is impressive and they have Eden Hazard who is likely to be making his final appearance before a summer switch to Real Madrid.

Hazard can be backed in the first goalscorer market at 5.00, teammate Olivier Giroud priced at 7.00 which should prove a popular pick after his 10 goals in the competition thus far.

Arsenal FC Form & Team News


Arsenal finished one point behind north London rivals Tottenham in the English Premier League, missing out on UEFA Champions League football next season through that route but can qualify if they beat Chelsea in Baku.

Unai Emery’s side had little trouble with Sporting CP, Vorskla and Qarabağ in the Europa League group stage before accounting for BATE Borisov, Rennes, Napoli and Valencia in the knockout rounds. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight goals thus far with Alexandre Lacazette next best on five.

Aubameyang is on fire with seven goals in his last four Arsenal appearances in all competitions and can be backed at 5.00 in the first goalscorer market. Fellow Gunners striker is slightly longer odds at 6.00 to score first in Baku.

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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in his last UEFA Europa League match in Valencia (Getty Images)

Emery won the Europa League in three successive seasons at Sevilla that earned him a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Will that experience make a difference in Baku? 

Arsenal are missing Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín, Denis Suárez, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. Ramsey is a chance of recovering in time and will be a valuable addition to Arsenal’s midfield if he can feature. 

The Gunners are paying 3.30 to win in Baku which will tempt many bettors who think the Emery factor is significant. I think this will be a close encounter that could go to extra time, a draw after 90 minutes is currently at odds of 3.40.

Chelsea vs Arsenal Head to Head


These London rivals have a long history Arsenal ahead 68-58 with 51 draws. In recent seasons matches have been tight with five draws in their last eight meetings.

The home team won both English Premier League fixtures last season, Chelsea winning 3-2 at Stamford Bridge with Marcos Alonso scoring an 81st minute winner.  

Arsenal were victorious 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny on the scoresheet for Unai Emery’s side.  

Chelsea vs Arsenal Match Up


Chelsea and Arsenal are full of world class talent with players such as Eden Hazard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the way. There has been little separating these clubs in recent seasons and another close match is predicted in Baku.

Blues boss Mauricio Sarri has never won a major trophy since becoming a manager in 2000. Gunners boss Unai Emery has won every domestic title in France with Paris Saint-Germain and won the UEFA Europa League in three successive seasons with Sevilla FC.

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Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC will compete in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Azerbaijan (Getty Images)

Chelsea vs Arsenal Key Statistics


  • Chelsea are undefeated in their last 17 UEFA Europa League matches.
  • Chelsea have drawn 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
  • Arsenal have drawn 5 of their last 8 matches against Chelsea (all competitions).
  • Arsenal are undefeated in 17 of their last 20 UEFA Europa League matches.

Verdict


This match is hard to call and could go either way. It’s a coin toss and with that in mind I will lean towards a draw at 3.40 with the Europa League final going to extra time. 

Best Bet: Draw @ 3.40 at bet365 - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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