Arsenal vs Chelsea: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The English season draws to a close for Premier League clubs on Saturday when the two London rivals meet with a trophy on the line at Wembley

Chelsea will be aiming to complete a domestic double when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

The Blues roared to the Premier League title in Antonio Conte's first season at the helm and now have the chance to be the first team to win both the top-flight championship and the FA Cup since they did it under Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10.

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They face an Arsenal side that has been decimated by injuries over the past week or two but desperate to salvage some pride after a disappointing league campaign.

Game Arsenal vs Chelsea
Date Saturday, May 27
Time 17:30 GMT, 12:30 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Chelsea Arsenal FA Cup

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live and for free (with a license fee) on BBC One and is also available on BT Sport 2. It will also be streamed for free on the BBC Sport app and website and can also be watched on the go on the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BBC One / BT Sport 2 BBC Sport app / BT Sport app

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on the FOX network and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go.

US TV channel Online stream
FOX Fox Soccer 2Go

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Ajax players
Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Martinez
Defenders Debuchy, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Holding, Mustafi
Midfielders Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Xhaka
Forwards Giroud, Walcott, Alexis, Welbeck, Perez

Arsenal have been hit by a crisis in defence. Gabriel has suffered an MCL injury and will miss the start of pre-season, Laurent Koscielny is suspended and Shkodran Mustafi is very unlikely to feature having continued to battle concussion symptoms during the week.

If Arsene Wenger wishes to continue with a back three he has Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal and Per Mertesacker - who has not started a game for a year - available, but Monreal may be needed at left-back if Kieran Gibbs does not recover from a thigh problem.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez are expected to shake off knocks but Santi Cazorla and Jeff Reine-Adelaide remain long-term absentees and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is at the Under-20 World Cup.

For full Arsenal team news and a potential starting XI, click here.

Position Chelsea players
Goalkeepers Begovic, Courtois, Eduardo
Defenders Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Aina, Alonso, Luiz, Ake
Midfielders Fabregas, Hazard, Matic, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy
Forwards Pedro, Costa, Batshuayi

Chelsea's only injury doubt is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been struggling with back pain but could be ready for a spot on the bench if required by Antonio Conte at Wembley.

For full Chelsea team news and a potential starting XI, click here.


BETTING & GAME ODDS


Per Mertesacker Arsenal Premier League

Chelsea are 5/6 favourites to win and claim a domestic double, according to Oddschecker, with Arsenal priced at 18/5 and the draw through 90 minutes available at 3/1.

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Diego Costa is the 7/2 favourite to score first, with Eden Hazard rated at 13/2 and Alexis Sanchez available at 8/1 for the Gunners.


GAME PREVIEW


Cesc Fabregas Eden Hazard Chelsea Premier League

Antonio Conte may wish to be able to pick up the phone in the coming weeks to ask Carlo Ancelotti: "What went wrong?"

Perhaps he will, in more diplomatic terms. Ancelotti was another high-profile Italian coach who arrived at Stamford Bridge and enjoyed immediate success, guiding the Blues to the domestic double Conte is now on the verge of achieving in his first season at the helm, but a year later he was gone.

His second season was hardly catastrophic - Chelsea finished second in the league - but the 103 goals they had fired during the 2009-10 campaign came down to 69 and Manchester United won the title by nine points.

Perhaps the most obvious lesson Conte can learn is that Chelsea cannot afford to stand still this summer, especially with Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United - and maybe Arsenal - breathing down their necks. Whether it was down to him or someone else, Ancelotti's squad was boosted only by Yossi Benayoun and Ramires at first and while David Luiz and Fernando Torres followed in January, neither were instant hits and it was too late.

Ancelotti paid the price with his job, and that example is particularly pertinent given the way Chelsea have relied heavily on 13 players this season. Saturday's FA Cup final is a chance to cap a magnificent first season for Conte, but if this is really to be a new dawn for the Blues there is plenty of work still to be done.

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