Are you ready for the FA Cup Final?
The FA Cup Final is here and it’s going to be a third London Derby!
Clear your schedules and get in the snacks because you’re going to be glued to the thrills and fireworks exploding out of Wembley Stadium this Saturday.
The English FA Cup Final is finally upon us and its a showdown between the bitter ‘big-smoke’ rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
How did we get here?
The Gunners and Blues have notched up winning streaks since their first match appearances in the third round, back in January, making the final an occasion for some high-octane drama.
Casting our minds back to last weekend… On Saturday, the Gunners managed to pull victory away from the clutches of last season’s victors Manchester City, in their semi-final game, winning 2 – 0. This was their 30th FA Cup Semi-Final appearance, the highest of any English club competing in the competition.
The following day, the Blues beat the Red Devils of Manchester United to secure their position in the finals, with three goals from Giroud, Mount and Maguire. Man United’s Fernandes scored a penalty in the 85th minute, notching up one for the scoreboard.
The August 1st final promises to be a tough game for both sides as they battle it out to become the winners of the 139th edition of the Cup. But, this is not their first showdown at the FA Cup Final!
Bygones be bygones
This is the third time that both teams have actually faced off at the FA Cup Final. In their first showdown in 2002, Arsenal took home the trophy, beating Chelsea 2 – 0. They did it again at the Wembley Stadium in 2017 with a 2 – 1 victory.
When compared, their appearances to wins are quite evenly matched.The Gunners have reached the FA Cup Final 20 times in their history, winning the title 13 times, the highest of any English side. The first was won in 1930 and the latest in 2017. Manchester United holds second place on this leaderboard.
Chelsea are third in this ranking with 13 final appearances and 8 wins.The Blues first title was won in 1970. Their latest win was a 1 – 0 victory against Manchester United in 2018.
Where are the crowds?
While half the thrill of the final is the crowd, it doesn’t look like fans will be allowed to cheer from the stands this year. According to guidelines from the UK government, games will continue to played behind closed doors.
The Prime Minister did say last week that indoor performances can take place as of August 1st, but supporter attendance could get back up to full swing in October. These measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. If all goes well, we could soon see crowds cheering on their teams again.
You might not be able to be one of the 90,000 packing the Wembley Stadium this year, but you will still be one of the many more cheering on either Arsenal or Chelsea, through your TV, Radio, computer or mobile.
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