With most domestic European seasons now completed, all that remains to finish the football season off are the various cup finals. This weekend there are three domestic cups up for grabs, and with this in mind I’ve put together some cup final tips and analysis for each game.
Cup Final tips: England – Arsenal v Chelsea
The FA Cup final will be held at Wembley between Arsenal and Premier League Champions Chelsea. While Chelsea will be looking to complete their second double in seven years, Arsene Wenger is looking for what would be his 7th FA Cup as a manager and 10th trophy with Arsenal in what could prove to be his final game as boss.
Arsenal have problems at the back. Laurent Koscielny’s red card in Arsenal’s final league match against Everton means the French defender misses the game through suspension while Gabriel is out with a knee injury having been stretchered off in the same game. With Shkrodan Mustafi also doubtful with a suspected concussion Per Mertesacker could make only his second appearance of the season following the knee injury he suffered last summer.
Chelsea have rested players since wrapping up the title and they were able to hold an open training session on Wednesday with all their players taking part. I can’t see Antonio Conte making a massive amount of changes to his first team – although with the possibility that Diego Costa might be on his way to China I do wonder if Michy Batshuayi will get a start.
Chelsea start the game as comfortable favourites – and it’s understandable having seen them rip teams apart in recent weeks. I think this is a game about motivation – will Arsenal perform to save their manager’s pride or will Chelsea knock them off without getting out of first gear? I have to side with Chelsea and they’re my cup final tips at 1.79.
Cup Final tips: Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund make their fourth consecutive DFB Pokal final appearance on Saturday, hoping to end a sequence of three consecutive final defeats. They face an Eintracht Frankfurt side who last won the cup in 1988 and who finished the league season eight places and 22 points behind their opponents.
Dortmund have almost a full squad to choose from. Their only doubt is captain Marcel Schmelzer, who suffered a strain in the warm-up prior to their final game against Werder Bremen. Manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted it will be close whether Schmelzer gets to play or not.
Eintracht Frankfurt welcomed back Jesus Vallejo for the final 30 minutes of their last game with the Spaniard starting a comeback to 2-2 with a goal in the 83rd minute. However, Omar Mascarell, Slobodan Medojevic, Marc Stendera and Makoto Hasebe will all miss out through injury. One player who definitely won’t play is Guillermo Varela, with the Uruguayan defender having been sent back to parent club Manchester United having defied team orders getting a tattoo on Monday.
Frankfurt have taken three opponents so far in this competition to penalties and I have no doubts they will defend and try to nick it against a superior Dortmund side in the same manner. The question is if BVB have enough to beat them – the bookies make them favourites and I have to agree. I’ve backed them to win at 1.44.
Cup Final Tips and ProTipster
Did you know you can improve your betting profits just by posting tips? When you post tips on ProTipster, we rate them individually based on a number of factors in your performance. With this data you can understand which tournaments, leagues and betting markets you perform best in and use this data to adjust your betting strategy accordingly. The more tips you post, the more data we have, the better the insights we can give you. Register today to start your ProTipster journey.