English football’s longest-ever campaign comes to a conclusion on Saturday evening when Arsenal vs Chelsea face off at Wembley in the 139th FA Cup final 2020.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side are set to face off against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in what promises to be a feisty encounter between two of London’s most celebrated and successful clubs
The Blues finished the Premier League campaign in fourth place and ensured that Champions League football would be coming to Stamford Bridge again next year.
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These two have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Premier League, with the Blues ending their maiden campaign under rookie coach Frank Lampard with qualification for the Champions League. Arsenal on the other hand was only able to finish in 8th place on the league table without any European football next season. But an Arsenal win would see them directly enter the Europa League,
Frank Lampard has a number of tough decisions to make, the Blues boss is searching for his first piece of silverware since taking over at Stamford Bridge last summer and his side head into the showpiece clash as favorites.
So this marks the question, what kind of line up will we see against an in-form Arsenal team?
Willy Cabarello is expected to start in his place again ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In defense, Lampard revealed yesterday that Kante is fit to play, so Lampard is expected to return to the natural 4-3-3 formation which means Recee James and Azpilicueta will line up in the wing-back role while Rudiger and Zouma slot into central defense.
In midfield, the present of N’golo Kante will push Lampard to return to the normal two number-8 featuring Mateo Kovacic who has been excellent this season and Mason Mount who will push forward.
In attack, Willian missed Chelsea 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday through leg Injury. The Brazilian’s future is a massive question mark at this point, but if he is back to full fitness, then there’s every possibility that he starts the final on the weekend with Christian Pulisic on the other side of the wing.
Oliver Giroud is expected to start against his former club on Saturday, ahead of Tammy Abraham.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup Against Chelsea:
Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Subs: Macey, Holding, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Smith, Saka
Chelsea Predicted Lineup Against Arsenal:
Cabarello; James, Azpiliqueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Willian, Pulisic, and Giroud.