Arsenal vs Chelsea on Wednesday 29th May is the first all English European final we can enjoy this week, with Liverpool and Tottenham meeting in Madrid on Saturday in the Champions League final. The 10th Europa League final is a game of great significance for both Arsenal and Chelsea. For Arsenal it represents a chance to win a trophy and get into the Champions League next season. For Chelsea it's a chance to claim their first trophy after losing out to Man City in the League Cup.
Much has been discussed about the venue choice of the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, approximately 5,600 miles from London! But to the important matters, what bets should you be placing on the Europa League Final?
The Europa League really is the trademark of Arsenal manager, Unai Emery. Although Arsenal don't have a notable record in the competition by virtue of playing Champions League football most of the time, their Spanish manager has already won the Europa League three times. If Emery does it again the the 6/5 odds currently being offered by Coral to lift the trophy will seem like particular good value!
You could argue this game has a greater significance for Arsenal as it determines whether they play in Europe's premier club competition, as well as command the budget attract higher quality of players for the coming season.
Arsenal have been hit and miss throughout the season, with defensive woes costing them on numerous occasions, but if they can win the Europa League and secure a Champions League spot then Emery's first season will be considered a success.
Arsenal may be lacking in defence, but in attack they have genuine top class talent in Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Aubemeyang is in particularly good form with 22 league goals, 9 goals in his last ten games and 8 goals in 11 games in the Europa League. Aubemeyang hasn't scored against Chelsea this season, but I like the look of the 9/2 odds given by Betfair for Aubemeyang to be the first goalscorer of the game.
Chelsea won this trophy six years ago when they overcame Benfica. That was a tight affair and there's a reasonable chance this game could well end up going all the way, extra time and pens. If you fancy Chelsea to win on penalties Boylesports are offering 10/1 (same odds for Arsenal).
Not only does this game represent a chance for Chelsea to win their first trophy of the 2018/19 season, for Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, it's a chance to win his first ever trophy in management. Chelsea have already secured a Champions League spot thanks to their 4th place finish in the Premier League, however if Chelsea don't lift the trophy it's likely further pressure will grow on Sarri over the summer.
Chelsea usually rely on Eden Hazard and on this occasion he really is the danger to Arsenal. Hazard has a reasonable record with two goals in his last five Premier League games. The best priced odds on Hazard for anytime goalscorer is 13/8 with Betfred and Unibet are offering 5/1 for Hazard to score first in the game. Given the rumours of the Real Madrid move and the fact that Hazard is the upmost professional, you get the feeling Hazard could well score in the game to prove a point.
Latest Team News - Arsenal vs Chelsea (Europa League)
Chelsea are suffering from a biting injury list which now includes Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N'Golo Kante. That's some big names who won't be available to Chelsea, however Sarri's squad is big enough to cope with plenty of high quality replacements.
Arsenal don't have the extent of injuries Chelsea to contend with, however there are some notable absent names. Juventus bound Aaron Ramsey is not fit to play unfortunately, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to miss out. This is due to the long running dispute between Armenia (Mkhitaryan's county of origin) and Azerbaijan which presents safety concerns for the midfielder. Petr Cech should play hist last game for Arsenal on Wednesday evening, facing his former club just adds further spice.
Whose Going to Win the 2019 Europa League?
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have looked like they have more gears to go into through their passage to the Europa League final. Both Arsenal and Chelsea had slight scares on their route, but on paper we've arguably got the two strongest sides left in the competition.
The bookies have Chelsea as slight favourites (Unibet are 10/13 for Chelsea to lift the trophy) with Arsenal at 6/5 with Coral to win the Europa League. I think this is a genuine 50:50 and from a value bet proposition, you have to back Arsenal at 6/5! It's difficult to understand why the bookies have Chelsea as favourites given the form and team news, but it wouldn't be surprising if this game went all the way to extra time. The head to head says it all; 5 wins each and 5 draws in their last 15 games!
You would assume Emery will start Lacazette and Aubameyang where as Chelsea should play with Hazard and Giroud (joint top goalscorer in the competition), therefore there's a significant goal threat which should guarantee some goal mouth action!
There isn't a lot between the sides and for that reason a bet on the draw (12/5 with Betfred)) and/or on both teams to score and the match to finish a draw (18/5 with Bet Victor) seems a appropriate way to play things in well matched European final.
Arsenal - WWDWLL
Chelsea - DDWDDD
Europa League Final - Stats
- Azerbaijan are the 24 different country to host a European final.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang has scored 9 goals in his last 10 appearances.
- Chelsea have only won two games in their last eight matches.
- Chelsea have scorer 32 goals in the Europa League this season already.
- Chelsea haven't defeated Arsenal in a knockout competition since a League Cup win in 2013.
- All seven goals by Arsenal in their semi-final win against Valencia were scored by either Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
- Both teams have won 11 games in their 14 Europa League games.
Arsenal: Chelsea Head to Head
- 19th January 2019: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea (EPL)
- 18th August 2018: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal (EPL)
- 24th January 2018 Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (League Cup)
- 10th January 2018: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal (League Cup)
- 3rd January 2018: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea (EPL)
- 17th September 2017: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal (EPL)
- 6th August 2017: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (FA Community Shield)
- 27th May 2017: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (FA Cup)
- 4th February 2017: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 24th September 2016: Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 24th January 2016: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (EPL)
- 19th September 2015: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (EPL)
- 2nd August 2015: Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (FA Community Shield)
- 26th April 2015: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (EPL)
- 5th October 2014: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (EPL)
Arsenal Wins: 5
Chelsea Wins: 5
Europa League Winner 2019 Odds
Arsenal: 29/20 - Betfred!
Draw: 12/5 - Betfred!
Chelsea: 5/2 - Bet Victor!
To Lift the Trophy:
Arsenal: 10/13 - Unibet!
Chelsea: 6/5 - Coral!
Europa League Final Betting Predictions
1st Best Bet:
Aubemeyang - First Goalscorer @ 9/2 - Visit Betfair
2nd Best Bet:
Arsenal to Lift the Trophy @ 6/5 - Visit Coral
3rd Best Bet:
Draw (90 minutes) @ 12/5 - Visit Betfred
4th Best Bet:
Both teams to score and Draw in 90 minutes @ 18/5 - Visit Bet Victor
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