Liverpool vs Chelsea in the FA Cup final!
Liverpool are going for their second trophy in what could be a real record-breaking season against Chelsea again in another domestic cup after beating them in the League Cup at Wembley.
Chelsea will obviously want revenge, but where are Chelsea right now? After the Brentford defeat which really rocked them, the next game was against Real Madrid in the Champions League which they went on to lose at home at the Bridge – really rocked Chelsea. They clicked back into gear with three straight wins, beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu 3-2 in the second leg, but it wasn’t enough to take them through to the semi-finals.
Inconsistency really playing a part in the last few games for Chelsea, still trying to go for that third or even fourth place in the Premier League with Arsenal and Tottenham hot on their heels. The FA Cup will make for a welcome relief from Premier League duties and, as I said, revenge will be certainly on the cards.
Liverpool. What can you say? They’re just going from strength to strength at the back end of the season. It’s phenomenal to think that they’ve played over 50 plus games in the season so far. Reaching that Champions League final would put the club in a very good position.
The quadruple is still on. Jurgen Klopp will want it now. It’s in their sights.
Will they slip up against Chelsea? I’m not so sure.
The form Chelsea are in, the form Liverpool are in, I can only see a Liverpool win.
- A Liverpool win in 90 minutes is available at 16/15 (2.07).
- Liverpool are at 1/2 (1.50) to lift the FA Cup trophy.
Chelsea have been very consistent in player selection. Mason Mount has sat behind Kai Havertz and Timo Werner for the last two games for Thomas Tuchel. Lukaku is still fighting to get back in the team and he’ll be really disappointed if he’s not in the final – but the team seems to be picking itself.
There’s a little bit of inconsistency, only one win in four for Chelsea – it might give Thomas Tuchel food for thought, but the rest of the team really picks itself. Jorginho in midfield along with the back three that he’s consistently picked and the wing-backs left and right.
For Liverpool, there will be a few decisions for Jurgen Klopp.
Does he go for Diego Jota over Diaz? Which he did in the Villarreal Champions League semi-final, with Diaz coming on and making such an impact does that warrant a place for him in the team?
Does Jordan Henderson come in for Naby Keïta? I think so. The big-game experience that Jordan has in the midfield is vital for an FA Cup final. I think Jordan comes in.
Is it Konate or Matip? I think his go-to is Matip but Konate has done a fantastic job. Picking the team remains to be seen, but very very strong.
For me, Liverpool run out as convincing winners. They’ve been to Wembley a couple of times this season, last time against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final where they were so convincing in that first half.
I just think with the experience of being there and the fact that the quadruple is on and the form both teams are on, I can’t see anything other than a Liverpool win. I’m going 3-1!
- A Liverpool 3-1 FA Cup win is available at 16/1 (17.00).
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