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Chelsea dreaming of a double

Frank Monkhouse | 27 May 2017

London rivals clash in FA Cup final

Chelsea go in search of a win at Wembley in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday evening that would see them finish the season with an incredible double – while sticking the boot into their London neighbours, pushing Arsene Wenger out the door of English football.

The league form of both sides would suggest a strong win for Antonio Conte and co, but the match betting has it closer than many punters would’ve expected, meaning there’s plenty of value around. Our traders have laid on a feast of markets, from winner and first goal scorer, to a range of special offers, aimed at enhancing your enjoyment of the day.

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Head-to-head supports blues to nil

Chelsea put another club from the big smoke, upstarts Spurs, in their place last time, knocking Kane and his men out at the semi-finals stage, thanks to an inspired second-half performance. Matic scored the pick of the bunch in a 4-2 cheer. That high-scoring match was out of character for the favourites however, United beaten 1-0 the round before, Wolves 2-0 in the fifth round and Brentford 4-0 in the fourth.

Three of The Blues’ last five Premier League wins, which saw them cross the line in style, also came to nil. A look at the recent head-to-head stats between Chelsea and Arsenal shows clicking no in the both teams to score market would’ve landed you a winner in nine of the last 10 renewals, and this one keeping pace appeals at Coral’s useful 6/5.

Kante to sign-off on a high

Those with a bit more confidence in Chelsea should know they won half of those 10 to nil, and that’s a 23/10 shot. As well as having the power of the stats behind them, Chelsea, targeting their first league and FA Cup double in seven years, are also the pick of our traders, 3/4 to win the match, 2/5 to lift the trophy.

N’Golo Kante has had critics raving this season, on the back of a stunning run of form in the blue of the Stamford Bridge boys. Fancy him to sign-off on a high? We have Kante priced at a cracking 10/1 to get the man of the match award in the final, while former Gunner Cesc Fabregas to lead the way goes at the same price.

Arsenal finishing with a flurry

Saturday’s final rates as Arsenal’s last roll of the dice to salvage anything from what has been a nightmare season. It could – very possibly – be the last match with long-serving manager Arsene Wenger at the helm. The Frenchman, now disliked by just about everyone in the stands, has refused to be drawn on his own future in the build up, but if fans have their way, he’ll win the match and then go off into the sunset, taking many of his underachieving playing staff with him.

The Gunners came in for no end of stick this season, but that was, perhaps, a little harsh on the north Londoners. They missed out on a top-four finish by a single point, and ended the campaign with five wins in-a-row, beating the likes of Man Utd, Southampton and Everton with a bit to spare during that purple patch. Will they upset the odds, and wreck Chelsea’s double dream on Saturday at Wembley?

Our football betting team really can’t see it happening, and there’s a chunky 10/3 if you fancy the underdogs to spring a surprise, while they go 15/8 in the ‘lift the trophy’ market. Arsenal did pick up a 1-0 victory when last meeting Chelsea at this venue, in the Community Shield at the start of last season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting the winner. The England midfielder is a stunning 20/1 to break the deadlock here.

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