Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Chelsea vs Arsenal
Europa League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 29th May 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 BST
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan

Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle it out again this season as they both will play in Europa League final next midweek. The two London based clubs are set to take their derby battle to Baku Olympic Stadium for a showdown.

Chelsea vs Arsenal  Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this midweek Europa League final clash.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.

Chelsea

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Kepa(g);Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson(def);Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley(mid);Insigne, Milik(att).

Arsenal

Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1

Probable Lineups: Cech(g); Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal(def); Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac(mid);Ozil, Aubameyang(att mid); Lacazette(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Wednesday Final battle, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Chelsea

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWDDW

The Blues recent matches haven’t been super great with just two wins and three draws in their last five. Chelsea did secure the top four finish this season, despite only drawing 0-0 against Leicester City.

Maurizio Sarri’s men will be looking for a shot at winning something so far this season. Despite some poor results, overall, Sarri has done quite well for his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWDWW

Gunners actually have also been doing quite well of late, winning three, drawing one and losing one of their last five. Their last fixture was a 3-1 away win over Burnley.

However, that win was not enough to help gunners getting Champions League spot for next season. That’s why winning the Europa League this midweek is very important for Unai Emery’s men.

Team News

Chelsea

Sarri’s side will have some injury concerns ahead of this midweek encounter in Europa League final. Rudiger, Hudson Odoi along with Ruben Loftus Cheek all won’t be available due to injury problems.

The Blues’ star midfield player, N’Golo Kante is still in doubt on Wednesday, but he will participate. Chelsea should also rely on Eden Hazard’s prowess to help them win this upcoming midweek.

Arsenal

Emery’s side won’t be at full strength either, especially with several absences at their squad. Bellerin, Welbeck, Holding, Denis Suarez, Ramsey all won’t be available because of injuries.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan reportedly will also be out for personal reasons this midweek. Nevertheless, Arsenal can still count on Ozil, Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have slightly gone into Gunners favor with two wins, two draws and one defeat.

Their latest matchup was on January 20, 2019 in Premier League which saw Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0.

Match Prediction

Playing in the final of this competition will be both teams final match for this current season. A win can bring more than just trophy for Gunners, but also that extra Champions League spot.

An extra motivation and pressure must be handled by Gunners, while Chelsea are also looking to win it again. It will be an interesting battle which can go either way and might need more than minutes to win.

Final Score: 2-1

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