- When: 1pm ET, Saturday, August 1
- Where: Wembley Stadium in London, England
- Broadcast: ESPN+
- Streaming Service: ESPN+ and the ESPN App
Arsenal and Chelsea have advanced to the FA Cup Final, after impressive semi-final performances from both. Chelsea qualified for the Champions League on the final day in the Premier League. Arsenal, meanwhile, will only be playing in the Europa League next season if they triumph on Saturday and hoist the club’s 14th FA Cup. Otherwise, there will be no European football for Arsenal since 1992.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea live stream: How to stream the FA Cup final
The 2020 FA Cup Final is streaming live on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
ESPN+ is a subscription service that extends ESPN’s existing website and app, and it’s essential for soccer fans in particular, carrying Serie A+, MLS, USL, and FA Cup matches. It encompasses other sporting events as well, including 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games, at least one MLB game a day for every day of the season, and a cornucopia of college sports.
ESPN+ also features the network’s sports talk programming, and it features original series starting with the entire 30 for 30 catalog ESPN made its name on. It also unlocks more content and fewer ads on the ESPN site.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Recent form, summary of last match, odds, starting lineups
Arsenal struggled to finish the season under Mikel Arteta, coming in 8th place in his first season in charge. There was no lack of great performances during its FA Cup run, however, including the 2-0 victory over cup holders Manchester City in the semi-final. Arteta showed out against Guardiola, the manager whom he coached for from the 2016 season to December of 2019, and proved to the league that he is more than just an assistant coach.
Arsenal’s next greatest challenge will be a financial one, with the club in an already precarious position without the added pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic. A win on Saturday and the money that would come from a Europa League berth would certainly help the Gunners in this summer’s transfer market.
Chelsea has already achieved its primary objective this season, so the final on Saturday is for bragging rights and for Lampard’s first trophy as manager. Super Frank took over a club in the middle of a transfer ban, and with some help from talented youngsters like Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic, managed to stay in the top four and discover who will be the stars of Chelsea’s next generation. With Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner confirmed and Kai Havertz on the brink of signing, Chelsea will have the firepower to contend for major honors in 2021.
Defeating a rival in a cup final would be the perfect way to bookend the season, much like the Blues did in last year’s Europa League final, which was a great sendoff for Eden Hazard and kept Arsenal out of the Champions League. Chelsea is the favorite based on form and talent, but Lampard will need to keep his side motivated if the Blues are to win an eighth FA Cup.
According to Bovada, as of July 31:
- Arsenal, +140 (wager $100 to win $140)
- Chelsea, -170 (wager $170 to win $100)
Here is how Arsenal lined up in the last EPL game against Watford:
- Martínez; Tierney, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Luiz; Willock, Xhaka, Ceballos, Pépé, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Here is how Chelsea lined up in the last EPL game against Wolves:
- Caballero; Zouma, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger; Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, James; Pulisic, Giroud, Mount
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*First Published: Aug 1, 2020, 4:00 am
Jackson Fowler is the Daily Dot’s resident football expert. Both kinds. He’s a former editorial intern with the newsroom. You can follow him on Twitter at @jacksnfwler.