Europa League Final Predictions & Betting Preview
It’s a London derby with a difference on Wednesday night as Arsenal and Chelsea fight for the right to be named this season’s Europa League champions – nearly 3,000 miles away from home in Baku.
Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have both faced testing debut campaigns in charge of their respective clubs, but that could all change if they can add Europa League silverware in the trophy cabinet.
Who will win the first all-English European final of the week?
Read on for our Europa League Final predictions and preview…
Europa League Final Predictions & Betting Preview – Chelsea vs Arsenal
Team selections should prove interesting on Wednesday night, with Unai Emery facing plenty of selection headaches as he tries to repeat his Europa League success at Sevilla with an Arsenal side craving a first European trophy since 1993/94.
Emery’s first dilemma will be over who lines up in goal, with Petr Cech’s imminent move to Chelsea as Sporting Director adding some spice into his selection decision – albeit it’s more the impressive form of Bernd Leno this season that should be giving the Spaniard something to think about. The German ‘keeper hasn’t been backwards in coming forwards about his desire to play the final – leaving Emery with a huge call to make.
Elsewhere, the absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to political concerns leaves Arsenal light in midfield, with Aaron Ramsey also missing for the Gunners.
Thankfully for Arsenal, opponents Chelsea also start this game with some re-shuffling required due to recent injury blows. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri’s preparations have been hampered by the absence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kanté, so much will depend on whether star man Eden Hazard steps up in what many anticipate will be his final game in a Blues shirt.
While Arsenal will have the extra motivation of Champions League football to spur them on in this game, this is a fixture that could also be career-defining for Sarri, who lacks any major silverware to show for his distinguished career. Despite some misgivings over style and tactics from Blues fans, a Europa League victory to add to a third-place finish and an EFL Cup final appearance would represent a respectable first season in English football for the Italian manager.
Both sides can boast a win apiece in their head-to-head records for 2018/19. Chelsea secured an opening weekend 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge in the first league game in charge for both managers back in August, while an assured first-half performance was enough to hand the Gunners a 2-0 win at the Emirates in January.
A nervy final that could go all the distance. Back Emery to continue his incredible record in this competition with a late win in Baku.
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal A.E.T.
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