A final in Baku. Two of the best teams in Europe are set to fight for the second most prestigious competition in European football, with both sides representing what is turning out to be an English dominated European season. Arsenal will look to win their first ever European trophy, along with the huge bonus of Champions League qualification, while Chelsea look to win the honours for the second time in their history.
Date: 30 May 2019
Venue: Baku National Stadium, Baku
Time: 12:30 AM IST
The UEFA Europa League was made for Unai Emery. The Spanish tactician has won the trophy 3 times in a row, with Sevilla, and Emery knows what it takes to win the competition. A struggling Arsenal side in the Premier League pulls a different face when showing up in Europe, keeping a clean sheet against Napoli in the quarters and defeating Valencia at the Mestalla, both of which big teams have failed to do in this European campaign. And for this reason, Arsenal remain favourites for the tie.
Arsenal Potential Line-Up: GK – Cech, LB – Monreal, CB – Kolasinac, CB – Koscielny, CB – Sokratis, RB – Maitland-Niles, CM – Xhaka, CM – Torreira, CM – Ozil, FW – Aubameyang, FW – Lacazette
Player to Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- The Gabon International is in the form of his life, and will look to add to his 22 Premier League goals with one that actually matters in what would be Arsenal’s first ever European trophy.
Arsenal Form Guide: WWDWLL
Chelsea are coming off a relatively successful debut season under Maurizio Sarri, having secured Champions League qualification with 3rd place, and the Europa League would prove to add to the London sides achievements this season. Amidst rumours of Derby manager and former Chelsea superstar Frank Lampard looking to replace him at the helm next season, Sarri will be eager to prove his haters wrong with Chelsea’s second Europa League trophy, their third European overall.
Chelsea Potential Line-Up: GK – Kepa, LB – Alonso, CB – Christensen, CB – Luiz, RB – Azpilicueta, CM – Kovacic, CM – Barkley, CM – Jorginho, RW – Willian, LW – Hazard, FW – Giroud
Player to Watch: Eden Hazard – Probably the Belgian International’s last game in Chelsea colors. Hazard will look to leave with a bang, hoping he can come up with one last big performance for the London side, and what better way to say goodbye than by giving them their second UEFA Europa League trophy?
Chelsea Form Guide: WDWWDD