Match Previews

country flag FA Cup Round Final
Sat 01 August 2020 17:30
Referee
Anthony Taylor
Weather at KO
weather icon Mostly Cloudy  24oC | Precip: 3% (0.01 in) | Wind 10.6 mph
Travel Info Arsenal
1/2 hour coach
Distance
15 KM
Venue
No Fans, Neutral
Travel Info Chelsea
1/2 hour coach
Distance
16 KM

Arsenal

Last updated: Mon 03 August 2020 07:33
In Brief

Only win in this final gives access to Europe next season. Mustafi and Mari amongst absentees. Leno back training, but unlikely to feature. Ozil and Guendouzi at odds.

Looking Back

Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe via Premier League and only win in coming FA Cup final will give Gunners access to Europa League next season. This makes coming final of even greater value for club.

Impressive in 2:0 semi-final win vs. Man City and only 2 goals conceded in 5 games on way to this final.

Arsenal most successful FA Cup team in XXI century – won 27 of last 31 FA Cup games played (D1 L3).

Looking Ahead

Coach Arteta will be missing injured Mustafi and 3 others, while both Ozil and Guendouzi deemed unwanted so they are not expected to feature either. Leno was also out for long period and despite being back in training German is not expected to take part in this final, especially with Martinez finishing Premier League season in great form.

Lacazette and Nketiah compete for right to lead attack in this one, with Saka and Pepe in similar position on right wing. Only 2 of those 4 payers expected to start.

Points of Interest

Nothing between sides in their official matches in the last 5 years – 4 wins each and 6 draws.

Chelsea

Last updated: Mon 03 August 2020 07:33
In Brief

FA Cup only chance to win silverware and no extra motivation needed. Gilmour and Loftus-Cheek out. Willian, Kante and Barkley passed late fitness tests.

Looking Back

Chelsea reached final in style after hammering Man United 3:0 in recent semis. Barkley in particular has had very strong FA Cup displays and he scored in 3 of 5 games played on way to final.

Winning silverware in his first year in charge big enough motivation for Lampard, but also extra bonus fact that if Chelsea win their city-rivals Arsenal won’t be in Europe next term.

Looking Ahead

Coach Lampard has practically full squad with only 2 fringe midfielders ruled out. Willian, Kante and Barkley (sick) are passed fit although they might not be at 100% and ready to start.

Giroud is in lethal form right now with French forward scoring goals in 7 of his last 8 starts in all competitions. This should be enough to see him preferred ahead of Abraham to lead attack from the off.

Points of Interest

Jorginho has scored just 4 league goals this season, 2 of those in each of league matches vs. Arsenal.

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Chelsea

Last updated: Mon 03 August 2020 07:33
In Brief

FA Cup only chance to win silverware and no extra motivation needed. Gilmour and Loftus-Cheek out. Willian, Kante and Barkley passed late fitness tests.

Looking Back

Chelsea reached final in style after hammering Man United 3:0 in recent semis. Barkley in particular has had very strong FA Cup displays and he scored in 3 of 5 games played on way to final.

Winning silverware in his first year in charge big enough motivation for Lampard, but also extra bonus fact that if Chelsea win their city-rivals Arsenal won’t be in Europe next term.

Looking Ahead

Coach Lampard has practically full squad with only 2 fringe midfielders ruled out. Willian, Kante and Barkley (sick) are passed fit although they might not be at 100% and ready to start.

Giroud is in lethal form right now with French forward scoring goals in 7 of his last 8 starts in all competitions. This should be enough to see him preferred ahead of Abraham to lead attack from the off.

Points of Interest

Jorginho has scored just 4 league goals this season, 2 of those in each of league matches vs. Arsenal.

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Round 3
Birmingham City - Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1
Bristol City - Shrewsbury 1 - 1
Burnley - Peterborough United 4 - 2
Millwall - Newport County 3 - 0
Rochdale - Newcastle United 1 - 1
Rotherham United - Hull City 2 - 3
Brentford - Stoke 1 - 0
Brighton and Hove Albion - Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1
Cardiff City - Carlisle United 2 - 2
Fulham - Aston Villa 2 - 1
Preston - Norwich City 2 - 4
Reading - Blackpool 2 - 2
Southampton - Huddersfield Town 2 - 0
Watford - Tranmere Rovers 3 - 3
Bournemouth - Luton Town 4 - 0
Fleetwood - Portsmouth 1 - 2
Leicester City - Wigan Athletic 2 - 0
Manchester City - Port Vale 4 - 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Manchester United 0 - 0
Bristol Rovers - Coventry City 2 - 2
Burton - Northampton Town 2 - 4
Charlton Athletic - West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1
Chelsea - Nottingham Forest 2 - 0
Crewe Alexandra - Barnsley 1 - 3
Crystal Palace - Derby County 0 - 1
Middlesbrough - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
QPR - Swansea City 5 - 1
Liverpool - Everton 1 - 0
Gillingham - West Ham United 0 - 2
Arsenal - Leeds United 1 - 0
Blackpool - Reading 0 - 2
Coventry City - Bristol Rovers 3 - 0
Newcastle United - Rochdale 4 - 1
Shrewsbury - Bristol City 1 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Watford -
Tottenham Hotspur - Middlesbrough 2 - 1
Carlisle United - Cardiff City 3 - 4
Manchester United - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Watford 2 - 1
(AET)
Round 4
QPR - Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 2
Northampton Town - Derby County 0 - 0
Brentford - Leicester City 0 - 1
Reading - Cardiff City 1 - 1
West Ham United - West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1
Burnley - Norwich City 1 - 2
Coventry City - Birmingham City 0 - 0
Newcastle United - Oxford United 0 - 0
Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Millwall - Sheffield United 0 - 2
Portsmouth - Barnsley 4 - 2
Hull City - Chelsea 1 - 2
Manchester City - Fulham 4 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Manchester United 0 - 6
Shrewsbury - Liverpool 2 - 2
Bournemouth - Arsenal 1 - 2
Birmingham City - Coventry City 2 - 2
(4 : 1 AP)
Cardiff City - Reading 3 - 3
(1 : 4 AP)
Derby County - Northampton Town 4 - 2
Liverpool - Shrewsbury 1 - 0
Oxford United - Newcastle United 2 - 3
(AET)
Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton 3 - 2
Round 5
Portsmouth - Arsenal 0 - 2
Chelsea - Liverpool 2 - 0
Reading - Sheffield United 1 - 2
(AET)
West Bromwich Albion - Newcastle United 2 - 3
Leicester City - Birmingham City 1 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Norwich City 1 - 1
(2 : 3 AP)
Sheffield Wednesday - Manchester City 0 - 1
Derby County - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round 1/4 Final
Norwich City - Manchester United 1 - 2
(AET)
Sheffield United - Arsenal 1 - 2
Leicester City - Chelsea 0 - 1
Newcastle United - Manchester City 0 - 2
Round 1/2 Final
Arsenal - Manchester City 2 - 0
Manchester United - Chelsea 1 - 3
Round Final
Arsenal - Chelsea 2 - 1