DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Europa League Final Breakdown
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Europa League Final Breakdown

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Chelsea and Arsenal meet Wednesday in the UEFA Europa League final in the friendly confines of the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, a mere 2,865 miles away from London. There have been plenty of complaints about the location of the match, as well as the number of tickets allocated to the clubs (6,000 each), and because of the distance from London, plus the lack of direct flights, neither club sold out their ticket allocation, with Arsenal returning 2,300 while Chelsea sold just 2,000. That being said, even if both sides sold every ticket they were given, it's unlikely their supporters would make a meaningful contribution in a stadium that holds 68,700.

And while we're on the topic of negative issues, Arsenal come into the match without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose had three assists in six Europa League appearance this season, because the club was not satisfied with the security measures being taken for an Armenian player having to play in Azerbaijan. I'm not going to go into a history lesson here (you can read all about it here), but Mkhitaryan's absence is definitely a blow to the Gunners. Additionally, Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), who has already signed a pre-contract with Juventus, Rob Holding (knee), Hector Bellerin (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (knock) and Denis Suarez (groin). On the plus side, Danny Welbeck (ankle) could be available after recovering from two ankle surgeries, though he's highly unlikely to start for a variety of reasons.

Chelsea are missing a

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is a seven-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award
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