Arsenal vs Chelsea Live: The FA Cup Final, featuring Arsenal and Chelsea – two of the world’s most storied and widely-supported clubs – will be live and exclusive in the U.S. on ESPN+ this Saturday, Aug. 1 from London’s Wembley Stadium. Live match coverage will be available in both English and Spanish.
Three days later, ESPN+ will again have exclusive coverage of the EFL Championship Playoff Final, which will determine the final club to be promoted to the Premier League for next season.
For Arsenal, the FA Cup Final has huge ramifications, representing their last chance at qualifying for European competition next season, with a Europa League qualification on the line. The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League table this season – the first time in 25 years that they have not finished in the top six.
For Chelsea, the FA Cup Final is a chance for club legend and first-year Manager, Frank Lampard, to exceed expectations and bring home a trophy. With key contributions from rising American star Christian Pulisic and other top young players, Chelsea secured a place in the UEFA Champions League with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League. An FA Cup win would cap a strong first campaign for Lampard.
ESPN+ coverage will begin at Noon, with ESPN FC counting down to kick-off at 12:30 p.m., with Dan Thomas Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop previewing key matchups and players, plus live reports from Alexis Nunez and Don Hutchison at Wembley Stadium and more. Martin Tyler and Stewart Robson will provide match commentary in English, with Spanish-language commentary from Miguel Simon and Sebastian Dominguez. ESPN FC will also be live on ESPN+ at halftime and following the match, breaking down the action on the pitch, and examining the results.
Prior to the match coverage, the ESPN FC FA Cup Preview show, with Burley, Hislop, and Thomas will air live at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN 2. Additionally, Kay Murray will host FA Cup Final Countdown from Noon-12:30 ET on the ESPN App, and the ESPN FC Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channels, with contributions from Hislop, Nunes, and Hutchinson.
ESPN.com coverage in the buildup to the match includes an exclusive interview with Chelsea and US Soccer’s Christian Pulisic, a Viewers’ Ultimate FA Cup Preview, and a senior football correspondent James Olley will be on-site at Wembley for the Match.
The EFL Championship Playoff Final is often called the “most valuable match in football” because the winner earns a promotion to the English Premier League and the financial resources that come with that elevation. This year’s final will see west London side Brentford FC aiming to reach the Premier League for the first time ever – and play in England’s top division for the first time since 1947. They will face off against west London rival Fulham FC, who had their own storied climb to the top flight in the early 2000s before dropping back to the Championship in 2019.
Nunes will host ESPN FC’s EFL Championship Playoff Final Countdown live from Wembley 2:10 p.m. ET on the ESPN App, and ESPN FC Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. She’ll be joined by Hutchison and special guest Jack Harrison (Leeds United, and former NYCFC, midfielder, recently promoted to the Premier League). ESPN FC will also cover the results in their daily program Tuesday on ESPN+.
The FA Cup final will always be the crown jewel of English football, with the traditional season-closing game serving that purpose once again, albeit a little later than planned.
Of course, May has come and gone, we’re deep into July, and the Premier League has only just drawn to a close. These aren’t normal times to be a football fan.
Against all the odds, football returned under lockdown restrictions the FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals went ahead behind closed doors. Arsenal produced an unlikely defensive masterclass to topple Manchester City in the first semi-final, securing their place in the showpiece game at Wembley.
Chelsea triumphed over Manchester United in the second tie following a slew of errors from under-siege keeper David de Gea. That means the nation has an all-London final to look forward to at the Home of Football, with the FA Cup final transcending sport and bringing the nation together over the beautiful game.
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Arsenal produced a brilliant performance to knock out holders Manchester City in the semi-finals and secure the chance to win their 14th FA Cup. Chelsea, meanwhile, were ruthless against Manchester United in the last four and breezed into the final.
The final will be live on talkSPORT this weekend with Mark Saggers being your host and commentary from Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce. We will be on Wembley Way for a special three-hour pre match party from 2pm. Following the final whistle, join us for ‘The FA Cup Full Time Phone In’ to have your say on the action.