The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, will host this Wednesday, May 29, the decision of the 2018/2019 edition of the Europa League. The English Chelsea and Arsenal will decide the title from 16h (Brasília time) in a final shrouded in controversy. Political problems have prevented Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from playing in the country that was chosen by Uefa to host the match but does not maintain good political relations with Armenia.
The winner takes the title. In case of a tie, the regulation establishes an extension of 30 minutes. Persisting the equality the definition will happen through charges of penalties. For the first time in history, teams from one country made it to the finals of the two most important club competitions on the Old Continent. Liverpool and Tottenham will decide the Champions League on June 1 in Madrid.
Chelsea opened their way to the final by quietly securing their first-place finish. They reached 16 (five wins and one draw) out of 18 possible points, scoring 12 goals and suffering three even with most of the games being reserved. He did not have to try hard to beat Bate Borisov (nine points), second place also went to the next phase, and eliminated them Vidi (seven) and PAOK (three).In stage two, the first in the knockout system, he overcame the Swedes of Malmoe with two relatively quiet wins scoring 2-1 (away) and 3-0 (home). Even easier were the clashes in the last 16 against Dinamo Kiev, which were settled with goals from 3 to 0 (home) and 5 to 0 (away).The Blues only had a bit more difficulty in the quarter-finals against Slavia Prague, but even so they advanced with 1-0 wins (away) and 4 to 3 (home). The toughest opponent, however, was reserved for the semifinals. After a 1-1 draw with Eintratch Frankfurt in Germany and London and goalless equality in overtime, Chelsea secured their place in the decision by winning the penalty shootout.This will be his third final of the season. He lost the first two. The start was just a match that gave the start of the season 2018/2019 in England. In the dispute of the Supercopa, was surpassed by Manchester City. The second, at the beginning of 2019, again against the same rival, had to settle for the runners-up League Cup of England.In the English Premier League, after some turmoil, the team managed to achieve their goal of winning the 2019/2020 Champions League berth by completing their third-place finish with 72 points (21 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses). They were 26 fewer than City, two-time Premier League champion.The big doubt for injury to the final of the Europa League is in relation to the participation of midfielder Kanté. The Frenchman suffered a calf injury in the last match of the English Premier League against Watford. He was in an accelerated recovery process, but he ended up kicking his knee during training. But the expectation is that he is released to act.
Arsenal’s move to the Europa League decision also began without further concern. The team reached the first phase the same score of Chelsea. He obtained 16 (five wins and one draw) of the 18 possible points with 12 goals and two. He was led by Group E, leaving behind Sporting (13 points), Vorskla (three points) and Qarabag (three points).However, in the second half of the season, it began to oscillate a lot. This can be seen already in his first knockout match when he faced Bate Borisov, who had been a member of the Chelsea group in the first round. In the first leg in Ukraine, they lose by 1-0. In the second match in London, he reversed the situation without further scares making it 3-0.In the round of 16, it was a bit more difficult. He lost 3-1 to Rennes in France. But he came back to England, where he won 3-0. Against Napoli in the quarter-finals, he had the chance to start the duel at home and asserted the field goal by scoring 2-0. In Italy, service with a new victory, this time by 1 to 0. In the semifinals, repeated the dose against Valencia won the games by 3 to 1 (home) and 4 to 2 (outside).The growth trend in the final stretch was concentrated in the Europa League, since in the English Championship the Arsenal completed its participation in the fifth position. He has reached 70 points (21 wins, 7 draws and 10 losses). He overcame, however, the score of the previous season, the last one in which the team was led by the French Arséne Wenger, who was in charge of technical for little more than two decades.In addition to Mkhitaryan, another important low will be also midfielder Aaron Ramsey, injured. The Welshman would make his departure for the club, once his contract ends at the end of the season and he made a commitment to Juventus, Turin.
Football Prediction of the Day Chelsea vs Arsenal
There is no big technical difference between the teams. Chelsea are expected to have Kante, whose loss would be a significant loss. However, Arsenal showed in the Europa League semifinals to be more prepared for the dispute. Thus, the prognosis in the victory of the Gunners seems to be the best option of guess for the confrontation of Wednesday that will indicate who takes the cup of the edition of Europa League 2018/2019 edition.