- Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium
- Wednesday: May 29th 20:00
- Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
If there is a tiny chance for saving his job this would be it. Maurizio Sarri needs to win the clash against Arsenal, take the Europa League trophy and turn this season from one very bad to a decent one. The Blues were much better at the start of the campaign, but as time went by, their form dropped, and along with several unlucky games, they finished far behind the leading duo. Also, in other English competitions such as EFL Cup and FA Cup, they suffered eliminations which indicated that this might be a year without a trophy. What is also a problem for the Italian are injuries. Guys who were in best shape Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are ineligible for this event, and there is no doubt that Chelsea’s game will be affected with that. Overall, the Blues were looking ok in the last 10 games. During that span, they recorded only one loss. About the efficiency, a moderate one, 2 or 3 goals happened in five of the last six events.
Arsenal too has to win, only they aren’t doing it because of Emery’s job, but instead, to reach the Champions League. If by any chance they fail to do that it would be a huge setback for the Gunners who are already without the most prominent European competitions for quite some time. It would affect their finances and roster also. So, for them, this is a battle for the future of the club. The present, meanwhile, is not good at all. Instead of finishing among top four teams in the Premier League, they frustrated their fans with several awful performances in the final few rounds of the championship. Gunners won only one Premiership game in the last five, and that was something shocking. It was like they didn’t want to play with 100%. Arsenal’s latest four games ended with both teams to score. Six of the previous seven saw over 2.5 scores. In general, they have a bad defence and solid attack, which often covers up the mess of the team’s back line.
|19.01.19||Arsenal 2:0 Chelsea||PL|
|18.08.18||Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal||PL|
|01.08.18||Arsenal 2:1 Chelsea||ICC|
|24.01.18||Arsenal 2:1 Chelsea||EFL|
|10.01.18||Chelsea 0:0 Arsenal||EFL|
As we said, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi are not available. What is worse, they will be out until the start of the next season, which will very much complicate Chelsea’s life in the future. Antonio Rudiger is also out. N’Golo Kante is back in the line-up, which is a huge boost for the Blues.
For the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey, Sanny Welbeck, Denis Suarez are all out for this clash.
When we speak about efficiency, it is our strong belief that there will be over 2.5 goals in this event. These two sides played a couple of exciting matches this season in which we saw many chances and should have ended with even more goals. The defences of these teams are much weaker than attacks, and that should provide higher efficiency. Because of that, over 2.5 goals is our choice. Bet365 offers nice odds on that one, 10/11
When talking about the winner of the match, Chelsea is closer to come out victorious after 90 minutes. The Blues are looking much better and stronger than pale Arsenal, whose defence is a potential Achilles Heel. Blues are more balanced, and we believe that despite injury issues, they are going to win. After all, the overall form of Chelsea is better than Arsenal’s. The odds on their triumph are highest at Unibet, 7/5
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