Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday as they bring down the curtain on the domestic season in England's top flight.
As well as a renewed rivalry there is plenty at stake for both sides, with the north Londoners able toqualify for next season’s Europa League if they win, whilst it will also be the first major piece of silverware for the winning manager.
Chelsea have won two of the last three meetings between the two sides and bet365 make them 11/10 (2.10) normal-time favourites to win a ninth FA Cup.
No side have won this tournament more than the 13 occasions on which Arsenal have done but they are 5/2(3.50) outsiders to win the match inside 90 minutes.
The last FA Cup final to go into extra time was in 2016 and another stalemate is available at 12/5 (3.40) with the online bookmaker.
N’Golo Kante could be in line to return for Frank Lampard’s men whilst Willian is a doubt andBilly Gilmour remains out.
Mikel Arteta will be without Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli, althoughHector Bellerin may be in line to return to the squad along with Bernd Leno.
Lifting the first trophy as a manager will no doubt be a big weight off the shoulders of Arteta and Lampard, but there is certainly more pressure on the Spaniard considering Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League.
Lifting the FA Cup would not only endear Arteta with the Gunners faithful but it would also ensure a place in next season’s Europa League after Arsenal could only finish eighth in the Premier League.
Chelsea, though, are only playing for the trophy and so may be a little more open in their approach to the game, which in turn may force Arteta’s hand and become an entertaining spectacle for neutrals.
Both Premier League meetings this season saw three or more goals and a repeat of that is offered at 9/10 (1.90) with bet365 ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.