Chelsea v Arsenal – Baku Olympic Stadium at 20:00 GMT+1
A massive match is set to take place when Chelsea and Arsenal battle it out in the Europa League final in Baku Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night. This will be the first ever all-English European finals before the showdown between Liverpool and Tottenham in the Champions League on Saturday. Both Chelsea and Arsenal faced rollercoaster campaigns this season, but they’ll have the opportunity to make it a match to remember when they bag the victory.
Maurizio Sarri and his men have already secured a spot in the Champions League next season after they finished third in the English top flight. Arsenal’s Unai Emery, on the other hand, has a famous history in the European competition. He was able to win in three seasons in a row in the Europa League during his time with La Liga side Sevilla.
Wednesday night’s clash between these two English teams would definitely be one epic match to watch out for.
– Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is a major doubt due to injury concerns.
– Antonio Rudiger took an early rest from the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee meniscus.
– Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both have Achilles injuries and won’t be available on Wednesday night.
– Aaron Ramsey won’t be able to feature for Arsenal, as well as Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, and Danny Welbeck. All have on-going issues.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard
Leno, Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis, Nacho Monreal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang
Eden Hazard has been one of the most important players for Chelsea this season. He helped the Blues manage multiple victories in the Europa League competition which led them straight in the final fixture. The Blues would definitely rely on his ability to score goals in order to edge past the Gunners.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has definitely been brilliant both in the domestic and European leagues this season. He will surely be one of the players who could possibly end the Blues’ hopes to dominate and win the Europa League.
Chelsea v Arsenal: 1-2
Even though Chelsea have been fantastic in the Europa League this season, Unai Emery’s history in the competition would be an even greater threat for the Blues. The Gunners were able to dominate Chelsea during their 2-0 victory at the Emirates, managing to get past Eden Hazard which is something they’ll have to repeat if they want to secure Wednesday night’s victory.
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