The delayed 2020 FA Cup final takes place behind closed doors this weekend as Arsenal face Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and Blues manager Frank Lampard go head-to-head looking to win their maiden managerial trophy.
Entering the competition at the third round, Arsenal began their cup campaign against leading Championship side Leeds.
A 55th-minute Reiss Nelson goal was enough to secure victory at the Emirates Stadium and saw the Gunners progress to face Bournemouth away in the fourth round.
Teenage star Bukayo Saka handed his side the advantage after five minutes at the Vitality Stadium, with Eddie Nketiah doubling the margin 21 minutes later.Arteta’s squad were then drawn against League One Portsmouth in the fifth round.
Sokratis gave the Gunners the lead before the half time whistle, after which Nketiah sealed the 2-0 triumph and secured his club’s spot in the quarter-final.
Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions: Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta chase their first managerial trophy (Image: GETTY)
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United were Arsenal’s next opponents, with the game held behind closed doors at Bramall Lane.
A penalty was duly scored by Nicolas Pepe to give the Gunners the lead before the Blades’ David McGoldrick produced an equaliser in the 87th minute, but his effort was cancelled out minutes later when Dani Ceballos scored the winner in injury time.
Arsenal then got the better of Manchester City in the semi-final of the competition, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang steering the club to a 2-0 victory.
Also joining in the third round, Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest thanks to first-half goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley.
A trip to Hull to face Grant McCann’s Championship side followed, with an early Michy Batshuayi goal setting the tone as the Blues progressed 2-1 winners.
Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions: Who will win? (Image: GETTY)
Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions: How will the action unfold? (Image: GETTY)
The fifth round saw Chelsea get the better of Premier League leaders Liverpool, secured a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge and a place in the quarter-final.
In an empty King Power Stadium, Barkley scored the only goal of the game to help the Blues past Leicester.
Manchester United were Chelsea’s semi-final opponent as the two teams met at an empty Wembley Stadium.
Olivier Giroud gave the Blues a first-half lead, with Mason Mount then doubling the margin just after the restart.
A Harry Maguire own goal in the 74th minute then extended the Blues’ advantage to 3-0, meaning Bruno Fernandes’ 85th-minute penalty could not salvage the game for United and Chelsea took the spot in the final.
The FA Cup final predictions below have been provided by the Betfair Exchange.
The figures shown are based on how fans have been betting on Arsenal vs Chelsea.
Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes said: “All eyes turn to Wembley this weekend for the final bit of domestic football, in what has been a weird and wonderful 2019/20 season, as Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the FA Cup final.
“Chelsea go in to the final as favourites, with a 44% chance of victory in 90 minutes according to Betfair Exchange, as they will hope to extend their strong finish to the Premier League season for one last game, with punters rating them having a 60% chance of lifting the trophy outright.
“Arsenal’s fortunes were somewhat mixed post-lockdown, and they are certainly the underdogs here, with just a 28% chance of victory in 90 minutes according to Betfair Exchange, and a 40% chance of lifting the trophy outright.
“The FA Cup retains its unique charm as football’s oldest competition even all these years later, and whichever way it goes, we are no doubt in for a great game