Arsenal – Chelsea (FA Cup)
Arsenal and Chelsea face each other this Saturday, at Wembley Stadium (London), for the the final of the FA Cup 2016/17. The Gunners, who for the first time in two decades are out of the top 4, have in the FA Cup the last chance to save the season. Chelsea, after winning the Premier League, will try to do their best to take this trophy home.
Arsenal arrive to the FA Cup final after a 2-1 home win over Manchester City. Inside this cup, they have played a total of 5 matches and won them all. At the moment, they have 16 goals scored and just 2 conceded. In this competition, they have a 1-2 away win against Preston North End, a 0-5 away win against Southampton, a 0-2 away win against Sutton United, a 5-0 home win against Lincoln City and as mentioned before a 2-1 against Manchester City.
They ended up in 5th place in the table league, with 75 points. After a very disappointing season, Arsène Wenge side will try to beat the Premier League champions in order to save the the entire season.
Their defensive form have been in great shape this season, at least for this cup, but right know they are living a defensive crisis since Laurent Koscielny is suspended and Both Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi are out do to injury.
Probable Lineup: Cech – Bellerín, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka – Ozil, Alexis Sánchez – Welbeck.
Chelsea arrive to the FA Cup final after a 4-2 home win against Tottenham. They have played a total of 5 matches and won them all. At the moment, they have 15 goals scored and 3 conceded. In this competition, they have a 4-1 home win against Peterborough United, a 4-0 home win against Brentford, a 0-2 away win against Wolverhampton, a 1-0 home win against Manchester United and as mentioned above a 4-2 home win against Tottenham.
They ended up in 1st place in the table league, with 93 points. After an amazing season, Antonio Conte side will try to win their 8th FA Cup, after 5 years.
The Blues have quality players, a strong attack, impressive defense and the will to win this cup.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out do to injury.
Probable Lineup: Courtois – Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Matic, Kanté, Alonso – Pedro Rodríguez, Diego Costa, Hazard.
All in all, Arsenal are always a strong side at home and they know that this is their last chance to redeem themselves from a disappointing season. A great clash, with some open spaces, is expected.