This Saturday the final of the oldest competition in world football, The FA Cup, takes place with a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea
When the draw for the semi-finals was made, not many people saw this final coming. Arsenal drew Man City and Chelsea had drawn Man United. Both of the finalists had been on the receiving end of three defeats to the sides they had drawn. However, they both put in fantastic performances to book themselves a place in the FA Cup final.
This years final will be known as the Heads Up FA Cup Final. This is a link between the FA and Heads Up, who are a charity that are raising awareness for mental health. The Duke Of Cambridge is a figurehead for the campaign and has been working with them and the FA this season.
Yesterday it was announced that the winners would receive the trophy on the pitch, instead of in the Royal Box. This is due to their being no fans in the ground.
This is the third time these two sides have met in the FA Cup final. The last two have both gone Arsenals way with the most recent of which being in 2016/17.
Arsenal (5/2 Paddy Power)
The Gunners go into the final, not as the favourites despite arguably their best performance all season in the semi’s against Man City. If Arteta can get them playing like that in the final they will have every chance of adding a 14th FA Cup to their trophy cabinet.
When they played Chelsea this season though, they haven’t done so well. One draw and one loss won’t fill them with loads of confidence going into Saturday’s game.
This is Arteta’s first-ever managerial position and first-ever final. For most managers, this would be a daunting experience, however, Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant at Man City. The two have been to many finals together and Arteta will take a lot from that to help him on Saturday.
We think this Saturday can go two ways for Arsenal and it all depends what David Luiz turns up. If he plays like he did in the semi’s, Arsenal have every chance. If he plays like he did against Man City in the league, it’ll be a question of how many Chelsea score!
Chelsea (11/10 Paddy Power)
Lampard’s side last won this competition in 2018 when they beat Man United 1-0. They had to beat Solskjaers side in the semi’s and did that very well. Chelsea have already beaten Arsenal once this season and finished four places above them in the league.
Like Arteta, this is Lampard’s first final. He hasn’t been to any as an assistant but has been to more than enough as a player. Lampard understands what it means to be a Chelsea player in a final and this will be very beneficial.
We think that Chelsea will turn up on Saturday and round off a good first season for Lampard. They have been in good form of late and can see them being too solid for Arsenal.