fa cup double

This weekend saw the final games of the Premier League being played across the country, and also saw the champions Chelsea celebrating the title win in style.

Since the arrival of Antonio Conte, Chelsea seem unrecognisable of the team that they were under Jose Mourinho in the 2015-16 season, which saw the squad finish 10th in the league.

While celebrations will of course be underway for the club, who finished on 93 points, with second place Tottenham finishing on just 86, they will also have their eyes on the FA Cup final which will take place next weekend.

Here, we’re taking a look at the likelihood of Chelsea winning the double, with the FA Cup final set to take place against rival London club Arsenal, and why the odds are forever in their favour.

What Do The Bookies Think?

While the Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes that Arsenal should be the favourites going into the FA Cup final due to the fact they will be fighting exceptionally hard having missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 21 years, the bookies are turning to the Blues as favourites.

Their Premier League success however, could see the club still in celebratory mode, meaning their focus may be switched off for the final.

Nevertheless, Conte’s strict management style should be a driving force for the club, particularly as Arsenal’s minds may be on the future of the club.

There are a huge number of ways that you can place your bets for what is set to be a thrilling final. Whether you choose to place your bets online, look at sports betting alternatives like Bitcoin sportsbooks, or simply place a wager amongst your friends, the chances are, this FA Cup final is going to be one to remember.

Antonio Conte

Conte’s arrival at the club was a breath of fresh air. After a huge disappointment last season, Conte managed to very quickly change the team’s attitude and performance, with his no-fuss atmosphere.

Due to the fact the team didn’t qualify for Europe last season, Conte had more time to perfect and fine-tune his 3-4-3 team system, and implement strict tactics and training regimes that have the team performing to a whole new level.

Antonio Conte
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The first few games of the season were rocky for the Blues, having lost to Arsenal 3-0 and then Crystal Palace, and a number of fans were starting to be sceptical of whether or not the new manager could really turn things around as he said he would.

Nevertheless, a change in tactics and structure of the squad led to Chelsea commanding the Premier League right until the end.

His management record alone speaks volumes, and having enjoyed an illustrious playing career mainly at Juventus, he has continued his success as a manager too.

He became a manager for the first time at Arezzo in July 2006, and move to Bari in December 2007 where he helped to crown the club as Serie B champions, promoting them to Serie A for the 2009/10 season, after his first full season in charge.

After a number of brief spells at a range of Serie B clubs, he agreed to move to Juventus in 2011. After three consecutive Series A titles, and back-to-back Supercoppa Italiana successes, it is easy to see how far this manager has come.

Now, he’s taken hold of the Premier League with both hands, showing just how much of an impressive manager Conte is – unlike the infamous Pep Guardiola who has so far, massively underwhelmed at Manchester City.

Arsenal Injuries & Missing Players

One of the biggest hold-backs for Arsenal in the FA Cup final will be the sheer number of missing players they will have. Firstly, the star of the show Alexis Sanchez is highly doubtful for the final due to a leg injury which saw him pull up in the second half against Everton at the weekend.

He went straight down the tunnel to receive treatment which puts serious doubts on his participation in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea. This will be a huge blow for the club, particularly with his current form for the club.

Having received a straight red card for a tackle against Enner Valencia in the first half, the team will also be without their strongest centre-back Laurent Koscielny, and Gabriel is also a doubt for the club after being stretchered off with what seemed to be a knee injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin is also set to be touch and go after a hamstring injury that has ruled him out since May 10th.

This could provide the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to really take advantage of the weaknesses in Arsenal’s squad, leading them to win the double.

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