Chelsea v Arsenal Prediction & Betting Tips, 29th May 201927th May 2019 / lee
Chelsea v Arsenal Europa League Preview, 29th May 8.00pm
Baku is the host city of the 2019 Europa League Final. There’s a treat in store as well for Premier League fans as it is a showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal for the honours. This game will feature VAR, the first ever Europa League match to do so. The two clubs traded home wins in the EPL this season, who will win the night in Azerbaijan? Read our Chelsea v Arsenal betting tips for more.
Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Odds*
Chelsea News and Form
The Blues have secured a place in next season’s Champions League via their finish in the Premier League. So that pressure is off them at least. The Blues closed out the season with a W2 D5 record in all competitions. So they weren’t exactly in a great streak of form. But they had a touch of resilience about them. Back in 2013, Chelsea lifted the Europa League title in their first ever attempt.
It would be something to make it two from two. Just once before have Chelsea and Arsenal met in Europe. That was when the Blues won in the 2003/04 Champions League quarter-final 3-2 on aggregate. This season’s Europa League campaign saw Chelsea compete in the group stage of the competition for the first time ever. They posted a W5 D1 record there, topping the group at a canter.
The Blues won their first six knockout stage fixtures as well before they were seriously challenged by Frankfurt in the semifinals. Both legs of that tie ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea prevailing on a penalty shootout. Eden Hazard got the decisive spot kick. Will this be his last game for the club? The Belgian is an 11/8 anytime goalscorer option for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.).
He truly is Chelsea’s big spark and without him, they have lacked creativity. The Blues will be defending a 17 match undefeated streak of form in the UEFA Europa League. That is a competition record. That stretches back to the final three games of their successful 2013 campaign. The Blues are W14 D3 in that run of seventeen fixtures which is a pretty fine record. The Blues have also scored more goals than any other side in this season’s competition.
Chelsea v Arsenal Head to Head
Chelsea and Arsenal both won their EPL home games against the other this season
Arsenal are W3 D4 L1 in their last eight against Chelsea
Both teams have scored in two of the last five meetings
Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three against the Gunners
Arsenal News and Form
So the Gunners have the extra pressure on them here. Their Premier League form collapsed at the end of the season, which means that they missed out on a place in the Champions League. Fortunately for them, the Europa League offers a back door to the competition. Maybe knowing that was the spur of inspiration for them to push hard in the Europa League, and they have put together a five-match winning streak in the tournament ahead of their trip to Azerbaijan.
That five-match winning streak is their best ever run of form in the competition. Their previous best was a three-match winning run. Last season Arsenal made the semi-finals of the Europa League in what was their first-ever campaign. They were beaten by eventual winners Atletico Madrid. But they made amends in the final four of this season’s competition against Spanish opposition, Valencia.
Like Chelsea, Arsenal had an easy time of things in the group stage of the season’s Europa League. They posted a W5 D1 record and only conceded in their opening game. Interestingly in that group stage, they paid a visit to the Baku Olympic Stadium, where this season’s Final is being held, as they met Qarabag in their first away game. Arsenal won 3-0. Arsenal did lose the first of leg of their round of 32 tie against BATE and against Rennes in the round of 16 before recovering in North London.
That put them through to a quarter-final against Napoli, the Gunners handling themselves superbly in a 2-0 aggregate success. Then they powered their way to a 7-3 aggregate over Valencia in the semi-finals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four) and Alexandre Lacazette (three) shared the goals in that tie. Aubameyang is the 11/10 Anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.). From their previous 179 meeting with Chelsea, Arsenal have won 76 and lost 63.
Chelsea v Arsenal Tips & Odds
Who will win – Chelsea v Arsenal Predictions
Of the two sides, Arsenal are the ones with the better attacking threat. The Blues basically rely on Eden Hazard and that’s it. This is probably going to be a tense night as finals usually are, but the Gunners may well handle themselves especially with the extra motivation of needing to win to get Champions League football next term.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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