FA Cup Preview: Arsenal vs. Chelsea
The FA Cup champion will be crowned on Saturday when Arsenal takes on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London. The Gunners whip Manchester City 2-0 in the semifinals, while Chelsea whip Manchester United 3-1. The match is imperative for both as a major trophy is on the line, but there is even more incentive for the Gunners as they would qualify for the Europa League next season with a victory. Here’s how you’ll watch the match and what to realize:
Match informationDate: Saturday, Aug. 1Time: 1 p.m. ETLocation: Wembley Stadium — London, EnglandTV: NoneLive stream: ESPN+Odds: Arsenal +210; Draw +240; Chelsea +129 (via William Hill Sportsbook) Storylines
Arsenal: The Gunners are in decent form entering this game, but it’s going to be up to the defense to step up big against Chelsea’s attack. The Gunners have conceded in five of their final six games, and the defense didn’t show up the final time they played the Blues in a major cup last. That was once final season’s Europa League last where Chelsea won 4-1. After someway keeping Manchester City from scoring, likelihood is that they would possibly not do it again here. The Gunners need a total performance to have a realistic shot.
Chelsea: The Blues enter this game self-assured and expecting to win. Christian Pulisic has been brilliant, as has Olivier Giroud with goals in his final six starts in all competitions. The Blues are unbeaten in their final three matches against the Gunners, and Frank Lampard has a chance to validate the cup season with a trophy. Both teams will likely come out quick, open and with attacking mean, but the key for Chelsea will be to show cohesion along the backline, where at times the players can also be mediocre.
The Blues get the Gunners in another cup last. Pick: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1
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