FA Cup Final Tips: The stats suggest former Arsenal final hero can shine for Chelsea
Dan Fitch has analysed the Opta Stats to bring you the best FA Cup final bets and fancies Olivier Giroud to score against his old club....
Arsenal 3.50 v Chelsea 2.26; The Draw 3.60 Saturday 1 August, 17:30 Live on BBC1 and BT Sport
Third cup final meeting for London rivals
"This is the third time Arsenal and Chelsea have faced each other in the FA Cup final, with the Gunners winning the previous two (in 2002 and 2017) - no fixture has been played more in the final (excluding replays)."
Arsenal are2.48 to defeat Chelsea in the FA Cup final for a third time.
Chelsea have better of recent encounters
"In all competitions, Chelsea have lost just two of their last 10 meetings with Arsenal (W3 D5), with the Blues unbeaten against the Gunners in the Premier League this term (W1 D1)."
You can back Chelsea to lift the FA Cup at odds of1.66.
Will Arsenal be in seventh heaven?
"Arsenal have triumphed in eight of their last nine FA Cup final matches, including each of the last six in a row. Only Tottenham (7 between 1901 and 1982) have won more consecutive FA Cup final appearances."
The Gunners are3.50 to win the match in 90 minutes.
Wembley is a second home for Blues
"Chelsea are playing in their 14th FA Cup final, with this their seventh appearance in the showpiece since Wembley Stadium re-opened in 2007. The Blues have won seven of their last nine FA Cup finals."
Chelsea are the2.26 favourites to win the FA Cup in regular time.
Arsenal have been dominant in the cup
"Chelsea have won just one of their last 13 FA Cup games against Arsenal (D4 L8)."
Arsenal are available at2.40 in the Draw No Bet market.
Memories of Baku still fresh
"This will be the third time in the last four seasons that Arsenal will be ending their campaign against Chelsea, losing last season's Europa League final against the Blues in Baku by a humiliating 4-1 scoreline."
A Chelsea win and both teams to score is4.30.
Aubameyang was semi-final hero
"Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored three goals in just two FA Cup appearances, with the Gabonese striker netting both of the Gunners' goals in their semi-final victory against Man City."
Aubameyang is the favourite to score in the FA Cup final at2.60.
Giroud has scored for Arsenal in cup final
"Chelsea's Olivier Giroud will be aiming to become just the second player to score for and against a specific side (Arsenal) in separate FA Cup finals after Frank Stapleton, who netted against Man Utd in the 1979 final (for Arsenal) and then for the Red Devils in the 1983 final (vs Brighton)."
The former Arsenal striker has been in good form for the Blues of late and can be backed at2.80 to score in another FA Cup final.
Arteta follows in footsteps of Arsenal great
"Mikel Arteta is to become only the second man to manage Arsenal in an FA Cup final having also played for the Gunners in one, after George Graham. He could become the first person to win the FA Cup with as Arsenal as both a captain and a manager."
Arteta's side are5.50 to emulate Graham in the most appropriate possible way, by winning to nil.
Lampard can repeat ancient history for Chelsea
"Frank Lampard could be the first English manager to win a major trophy for Chelsea, since Dave Sexton lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1971."
Lampard's Chelsea were leading Wolves 2-0 at half-time in their last Premier League match and are3.80 to win half-time/full-time.