Europa League Final Tip and Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea (football data)
It has been a stellar year for English teams in Europe, you don’t need to look at football data to see that! Liverpool and Spurs will contest the Champions League final this weekend. First up though it is the Europa League final where London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal take each other on. Our football trader Kelly Eden has previewed the game for the TXODDS blog, check out his free Europa League final tip below…
Europa League Final Preview
Part one of England’s domination in Europe this season, as Arsenal meet London neighbours Chelsea in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. The atmosphere in the stadium will be strange, as both clubs were allocated just 6,000 tickets each and both clubs have sent half back. The game itself on paper should be entertaining with two attacking teams, but also two teams from the same league who could cancel each other out.
Arsenal and new boss Emery, who has a superb record in this trophy, finished 5th in the Premier League. So, winning this cup is their last chance for Champions League football. They have no problems scoring goals, league joint top scorer Aubameyang and Lacazette score goals for fun. However, the defence is the problem with set-pieces a big issue and also a terrible away record. To reach the final is a well-deserved reward, considering they have beaten Italian giants Napoli and Valencia both with ease to get here.
Chelsea finished 3rd and secured Champions League football next season. An inconsistent season, with too many draws and seven away defeats was always going to be too many. They beat Arsenal at the start at the season but were well beaten at Emirates. They had much the easier route to the final and needed penalties to beat E.Frankfurt in the semi-final. The Blues rely too much on star man Eden Hazard, who since the end of season has been heavily linked with Real Madrid. Manager Sarri is also rumoured to be moving to Juventus.
Europa League Final: Team News
Arsenal missing Bellerin (df 19/0), Ramsey (mf 28/4) and Mkhitaryan (mf 25/6).
Chelsea missing Rudiger (df 33/1) and Loftus-Cheek (mf 24/6), while Kante (mf 36/4) is a doubt.
Europa League: Possible Line Ups
Arsenal: Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
TXODDS Europa League Final Tip 2019
Arsenal are priced up as underdogs at 2/1 to win in 90 mins, with Chelsea 11/8 and the draw 9/4. It will likely be a tight game in a stadium with strange support. The motivation for both to win the cup is obvious, but the chance of Champions League football for Arsenal is massive. Also, goalkeeper Petr Cech retires after this match and surely he deserves a fairy-tale ending. A Cech save in sudden death penalties, or a winner from ex-Gunner Giroud, can you imagine! This may be a game and a final that does not live up to its billing, but it features two top teams, rival neighbours and a wealth of talent on the pitch. A tight game is expected and why not penalties. Bet both to win on penalties at 11/1.