The Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, May 29th will see Arsenal and Chelsea face off against each other and for one it will represent a successful conclusion to an inconsistent season, while for the other it will compound what can only be classed as a season of disappointment.
For Arsenal, it is more critical because a loss will mean they miss out on next season’s Champions League, whereas Chelsea have already qualified via the Premier Leagu,e but that does not mean the Blues will not be just as motivated as their London rivals.
Both sides are in relatively good form, all things considered. Arsenal did have an end of season collapse but they go into this game on the back of two very good wins and of course, Chelsea finished the season off snatching the third position in the Premier League from Tottenham
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is a specialist in the Europa League and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has now taken his team to two finals in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
So, the scene is definitely set for what promises to be an enthralling and entertaining spectacle.
Because we have two English teams in the final it has thrown up a massive amount of betting opportunities, the bookies are falling over themselves to offer enticing prices on a wide range of markets and our Europa League Tips are designed to take as much money off the bookmakers as we possibly can.
For starters, Arsenal does look a good thing at excellent odds, they are currently a best priced 9/4 (3.25), and when you consider they did a number on Chelsea 2-0 last time out at the Emirates and beat them the last time these two sides met in a cup fina,l then the value surely lies with the Gunners.
I also like the odds on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score at any time at odds of 7/4 (2.75). The Gabon international is on fire right now, he scored a brace in his last Premier League game, a hat-trick against Valencia and was crowned the Golden Boot winner along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, his confidence is sky high and for me, he is made for this stage.
I must say that I do expect Chelsea to score, the Arsenal defence is notoriously porous and with Eden Hazard leading the front line you have to think they will find the net at least once. Now, because I feel that Arsenal will win and Chelsea will score that means that both teams to score and Arsenal to win at odds of 5/1 (6.00) is simply a ‘must do’ bet.
Finally, I am following the logic of my thinking with Arsenal to win and Chelsea to score to back a couple of correct scores and this is where we can get some fantastic high odds.
The odds on Arsenal winning 3-1 is a beautiful 28/1 (29.00), and that is simply too tasty to pass up, but that is not the highest priced bet I will be placing on this game, no siree, I am also backing Arsenal to win 3-2 at a whopping 35/1 (36.00).
So, there you have it, five betting predictions in total.
Arsenal win @ 9/4 (3.25)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime @ 7/4 (2.75)
Arsenal win and both teams to score @ 5/1 (6.00)
Arsenal win 3-1 @ 28/1 (29.00)
Arsenal win 3-2 @ 35/1 (36.00)