Women’s Conti Cup Final Betting Tips: Will Chelsea haunt Arsenal again?
The London rivals meet at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground
Arsenal are targeting a record sixth Continental Cup this weekend but must first overcome a Chelsea side looking for their maiden title.
The Gunners have failed to reach the final just once since the competition’s inception in 2011 and they saw off WSL leaders Manchester City 2-1 in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, Chelsea triumphed 1-0 over Manchester United and, in their debut appearance in the final, they’ll be confident of continuing their impressive record against Arsenal.
The Blues have done the double over Arsenal this season, first beating them 2-1 in October before thrashing them 4-1 last month.
The form book tends to be torn up in one-off ties but the west Londoners may have a psychological advantage heading into the game.
Arsenal have only lost four times since the start of 2019 but three of those defeats have been at the hands of Chelsea.
Emma Hayes U-turn?
Earlier this season, Chelsea boss Hayes was adamant that the competition should be scrapped.
“Get rid of the Continental Cup,” she said. “Sell the Women’s Super League. Why are we diluting our product? This competition, that competition. Boom, one league, it’s not difficult.”
Yet with Chelsea 90 minutes from glory, Hayes is undoubtedly relishing the chance to get her hands on some silverware.
Despite their poor record against Chelsea, Arsenal have more than enough to trouble their opponents, notably in the form of Vivianne Miedema.
The Dutch striker has bagged 27 times in 22 games so far this season and she’ll likely be partnered by new signing Caitlin Foord, who scored on her debut against Lewes last week.
The usually formidable Chelsea saw a run of five consecutive clean sheets end by shipping three goals against Manchester City last time out.
Millie Bright struggled to cope and the Gunners frontline could take advantage.
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