Europa League Final Preview Chelsea vs Arsenal - 30 May 19

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May 29, 2019, 09:26 PM Last Edit: May 31, 2019, 07:55 AM by Harry85
Europa League Final
Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Thursday, May 30th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match (EL): 2.29
Average goals against per match (EL): 0.64
Top Scorer (EL): Olivier Giroud (10)

Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match (EL): 2.07
Average goals against per match (EL): 0.64
Top Scorer (EL): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( 8 )

The eyes of the footballing world turn on Baku this week as the Azerbaijan capital stages the final of the 2019 Europa League Final. In common with this years Champion's League final this is an all English affair - and in fact an all London affair - as Chelsea take Arsenal.

There wasn't too much between these sides over the course of the Premier League season, with Chelsea finishing in third - two points ahead of fifth placed Arsenal. It was honours even between the sides in their two games, with Chelsea winning 3-2 at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal coming out on top 2-0 at the Emirates.

Antonio Rüdiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek look like missing out for Chelsea. The Gunners will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín and Aaron Ramsey.

Both of these sides head into this game in decent heart which could make for an entertaining encounter.

If rumours are to be believed this may be the final Chelsea game for Eden Hazard, and possibly also coach Maurizio Sarri. Hazard has the potential to light up any game and may well be looking to go out on a high.

Obviously both sides ought to be motivated for this, but this does have a bigger edge for Arsenal, as they need to win this in order to qualify for next seasons Champion's League.

We see a score draw and extra time in this one.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 2 Arsenal


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots:  14 - 16
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession: 50% - 50%

Two bookings in this one, both for Chelsea, with referee Gianluca Rocchi taking the names of Pedro and Andreas Christensen.

Not all that much in this on the stats - although Chelsea were undoubtedly the more productive in the final third - and indeed Arsenal were much the better side in the opening exchanges. A failure to get their noses in front when on top though ultimately proved very costly, as Chelsea turned it on after the break to blow the Gunners away in Baku.

The big talking point in the first half arrived with the non-award of what looked - and still looks - a certain penalty when Kepa Arrizabalaga sent Alexandre Lacazette tumbling in the area. Not given though. 0-0 at the break.

Cheklsea then struck four minutes into the second half through who else but former Arsenal man - and tournament top scorer - Olivier Giroud. Emerson playing a ball in from towards the left corner of the eighteen-yard box and Giroud giving it everything to get in front of his marker to send an excellent stooping header into the bottom left corner from around twelve yards out and slightly to the left.

Seven minutes later it was two. Eden Hazard breaking into the left edge of the area and laying the ball back to Pedro to slot home into the bottom right from around the penalty spot.

Things then really fell apart for Arsenal as Ainsley Maitland-Niles bundled over Giroud in the area in the 65th minute. Penalty kick. Hazard making no mistake to beat Cech to the right.

Arsenal then briefly threatened to get back into it in the 69th minute. A ball in from the left cleared to Alex Iwobi around twenty yards out to the right. The substitute then unleashing an unstoppable first-time volley into the top left.

Any Arsenal hopes were however extinguished for good in the 72nd minute. Hazard to Giroud in the right of the area, wonderful dinked ball from the Frenchman back into the path of Hazard around eight yards out to the right and first time finish from Hazard into the bottom right. 4-1 final score.

A fine send off from the mercurial Hazard who indicated he would be heading to pastures new following this game. The Premier League's loss looking set to be Real Madrid's gain.

Agonising for Arsenal who miss out not only on the trophy, but also the Champion's League as a result of this defeat.

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