The match is over. Score: 4-1. Chelsea 11/18 | Draw 227/100 | Arsenal 207/100 Bet Now With Royal Panda Predictions | Betting Tips | Odds | Statistics The two London clubs make the 8000km trip to Baku to contest Europe’s second-tier competition final with the stakes set high for both sides. Predictions Forget the trophy, Europa League success remains Arsenal’s last chance to qualify for the Champions League next season, which is an even bigger prize than the club landing a first European trophy of any kind since 1994. For Chelsea, Champions League has already been assured, however, if rumours are to be believed, defeat for the Blues could spell the end of Maurizio Sarri’s tenure in the dugout. There is much at stake then offering plenty of excitement for the neutral and tension for both sets of fans. However, the venue itself has caused plenty of debate as Azerbaijan is no easy place to get to with host city Baku right on the Caspian Sea. Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will also be absent from the final as tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia have been at boiling point for a number of years leading to many suggesting the final should be moved. But its too late for that now and if history is anything to go by, we should be in for plenty of goal mouth action. Only one of the last four finals has seen under three goals in 90 minutes whilst in the sides two Premier League meetings this season, they have averaged 3.5 goals per game. Expect more of the same especially with the Europa League’s joint top scorer in Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud set to play an important role. The pressures on for both sides but victories in the Europa League and Champions League in recent years give Chelsea the edge and our prediction is to back the Blues with popular sportsbooks to get the job done 3-2 in Baku. 1×2 Predictions Score Predictions Betting Tips Olivier Giroud to score is 43/20 with Unibet With ten goals in the competition this season and a one-year contract extension in the bag, life is pretty good for Frenchman Giroud this season and his scoring record in Europe is impeccable making it a no brainer to back him with online betting sites to add to his tally. Over 9.5 shots on goal in the game including extra-time is 21/20 with 888Sport Too good to ignore this especially as if the game runs to extra-time the bet still stands. As mentioned above, 14 goals have been scored in the last four finals making this worth a punt. Odds 1 x 2 Odds Chelsea Draw Arsenal 11/18 227/100 207/100 7/5 47/20 21/20 27/20 9/4 39/20 7/5 47/20 21/20 7/5 23/10 9/4 5/4 23/10 21/10 27/20 2/1 9/4 27/20 23/10 2/1 Statistics Head to Head The pair have only met in European competition once before in the last eight of the 2003/04 Champions League. The sides were level after the first leg finished 1-1 at Stanford Bridge and Frank Lampard and Wayne Bridge were the heroes back on home soil as Chelsea dumped the Gunners out of the competition 3-2 on aggregate. Stats Chelsea claimed the Europa League title for themselves in 2013, defeating Benfica in the final. This will be the first European meeting between the two since 2004. Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is joint top scorer in the competition with 10. Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the final due to tensions with neighbouring Armenia Despite playing domestically just 10 kilometres apart, both sides have to travel 8000km for the final. Chelsea 11/18 | Draw 227/100 | Arsenal 207/100 Bet Now With Royal Panda Check our additional Europe League predictions and other betting predictions.