Chelsea vs. Arsenal Pick – FA Cup Final August 1

The FA Cup remains one of the most prestigious soccer titles to win in all of Europe. England’s domestic competition was especially intense this year, and will conclude with a famous all-London Derby, between Chelsea and Arsenal from Wembley Stadium.

Both sides came out of the restart playing better compared to their form back in early March. The Gunners finally found their footing under manager Mikel Arteta, injecting youth into the lineup with much success. Chelsea meanwhile was even more successful, as a fully fit lineup gave Frank Lampard all kinds of attacking options. Going forward, Chelsea remain an elite attacking side, with even more help coming in for next season.

In the meantime though, titles have to be the focus for two supremely focused managers in Lampard and Arteta. Without one to their name in this pandemic-riddled 2019-20 season, winning the FA Cup would represent a signal to greater things to come. The pressure is on these clubs to be successful and capture trophies, putting a big emphasis on Saturday’s Final.

It has been a profitable soccer betting season at The Sports Geek, and following a brief hiatus from European events, we’ll be back throughout all of August with Champions and Europa League coverage. For now, keep reading on beneath the posted odds for a game breakdown, match preview, and betting prediction for the Gunners vs. the Blues in the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Betting Odds:

Chelsea (+112)
Arsenal (+235)
Draw (+255)
*In 90 Minutes

Over 2.5 (-118)
Under 2.5 (-102)
*In 90 Minutes

Chelsea to lift trophy (-175)
Arsenal to lift trophy (+145)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Pick:

While the Gunners likely have more riding on this result compared to Chelsea, it doesn’t necessarily mean Frank Lampard’s side are going to roll over and hand it to them.

With an Arsenal victory, it would mean they get to play again in the Europa League next season. Surely not their first choice, though for a young side, additional reps and opportunity in Europe is always a good thing.

Chelsea meanwhile are already headed to the Champions League next season, and with new additions coming into the club – big things are expected. Many within the side will surely be playing for future spots, adding to the intensity of this big Cup match.

Look for the Blues to embrace the return of midfielder N’Golo Kante. His work-rate and ball-winning ability in the centre of the pitch remains unparalleled, and it’s clear that Chelsea really missed him when he was injured.

Up top, Chelsea is in excellent goal-scoring form, and their attack right now has to be one of the most feared in all of Europe. Christian Pulisic, along with Mason Mount and central striker Olivier Giroud is a dangerous threesome, and one that the suspect Arsenal back-line likely will not be able to deal with.

ARSENAL DEFENSE REMAINS AN ISSUE
For Arsenal, though Arteta made some key defensive tweaks and adjustments to their formation, it is clear that he just doesn’t have the correct personnel to make his group staunch defensively. They’ll again go with three men at the back, though David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, and Rob Holding is just not a good defense. They’re slow-footed, and Chelsea should be able to exploit this on Saturday afternoon.

Up top for the Gunners is their strength, much like Chelsea. Alex Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are an excellent trio. Quick-footed, tricky on the ball, with lethal finishes. The Gunners finished the season quite strong, mostly due to the work of those three. Come Saturday, if Arsenal are to have a chance they will need those three to be firing. Chelsea’s defense is better than Arsenal’s, but also have had some issues of their own.

With that said, expect an offensive match with both teams really going for it and playing to their strengths up top. Both sides will want possession, as that’s when their club is at their best. Look for both sides to find the back of the net, in a back-and-forth, exciting clash. Ultimately, the Arsenal defense remains a major flaw for an otherwise talented Gunners side, and with game-breakers like the USA’s Christian Pulisic running down the flank for Chelsea, look for Lampard’s club to edge it out in 90 minutes. A 2-1 Chelsea victory seems fitting for Saturday.

Pick: 2-1 Chelsea

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Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.