Matt Holt & Paul King give their Chelsea v Arsenal safety bets
They may be going head-to-head with their Emirates FA Cup Final specials predictions but top Twitter tipsters Matt Holt and Paul King have come together to bring you their best ‘safety bets’ when Chelsea take on Arsenal.
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Here’s what Matt and Paul have come up with…
Correct Score: 2-1 Chelsea – 7/1
Chelsea have been in great form lately as they steamed their way to the title. Six consecutive wins in the league, preceded by a 4-2 win over Tottenham in extra-time in the FA Cup semi-final, will have them brimming with confidence.
Both teams to score looks likely here, with the two sides having identical records, only failing to score in two of their last 23 matches.
Arsenal will be buoyed by a recent return to form, in a run where they have won eight of their last nine games. But we expect them to fall just short against an extremely organised Chelsea side. The Blues to run out as 2-1 winners looks like a great bet.
Draw HT/Chelsea FT – 18/5
Six of the last 10 FA Cup Finals have been level at half-time, but only two of those have ended in a draw at full-time.
FA Cup Finals are notorious for slow starts, and with the weather set to be hot this weekend, this will add to the chance of the two sides starting slowly, feeling their way into the game and potentially still being level at the break.
Chelsea have finished strongly in a number of big games this season, and have scored four goals in the last 12 minutes of their last two matches. So, it would be no surprise to see them step it up a gear in the second period.
If they do that, draw HT/Chelsea FT looks like massive value.
First Goalscorer: Pedro – 11/2
Antonio Conte has rested Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at times in the FA Cup this season, and while that almost certainly won’t be the case on Saturday, Pedro has really stepped up in the competition in their absence.
The Spaniard has taken on a pivotal role in attack in almost every game and is their top scorer in the competition with four goals. It’s also maybe worth noting that the last time Pedro lined up in a Cup Final at Wembley was in 2011, where he opened the scoring for Barcelona against Manchester United.
He is a man who loves the big stage and we think he is excellent value to get the first goal ahead of shorter priced favourites Hazard and Costa.
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