The climax of the domestic English season is finally here, and this weekend finally sees the 2020 FA Cup final taking place between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley.
Us older generation still remember the FA Cup as the showpiece event of the English season, but sadly – these days – the competition is no where near as revered as it once was.
The competition this year represents a chance for one of the up and coming generation of managers to win some silverware.
First chance of Silverware for Lampard and Arteta
Both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta would love to win a trophy to mark their respective first season’s in charge. And also for Arsenal, the FA Cup represents a last chance to get into Europe for next season.
The Gunners finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League, outside the Europa League spots. A win here would see Arsenal snatch the third Europa League spot away from Wolves.
FA Cup Final Betting
Chelsea start the match as warm favourites. Lampard’s team are just better than Even money at 21/20. The draw is 5/2, with an Arsenal victory priced at 13/5.
When Is The 2020 FA Cup Final?
This year’s final is on Saturday 1st August. The match has been rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Kick-Off is 5.30pm.
Arsenal have a remarkable 13 FA Cup titles to their name, last winning the trophy in 2017, ironically against Chelsea.
The Gunners won 2-1 with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are looking for their ninth FA Cup victory. The Blues last won the trophy in 2018, beating Manchester United 1-0 with a penalty from Eden Hazed the difference between the teams.
Are Fans allowed to attend the match?
No, is the short answer. The same rules and regulations apply to the FA Cup as did to the Premier League fixtures after the resumption.
This means there will be none of the usual Wembley way excitement we are accustomed to seeing on Cup Final Day.
Why is the FA Cup Final called the Heads Up FA Cup Final?
The FA have decided to rename this year’s FA Cup final to raise awareness about mental health.
FA President, Prince William, is a a massive advocate of mental health awareness. And no doubt his influence has played a part in this.
2020 FA Cup Final Betting Tips
Where Can I Watch the 2020 FA Cup Final?
The FA Cup final is live on BBC1, BBC i Player, and BT Sport. Coverage on the BBC gets underway at 4.30pm.
BT have an hour long preview programme starting at 3.15pm, with official coverage starting at 4.15pm. All times are UK.