Liverpool, Chelsea: Round 4
The FA Cup final brings a rematch of a dramatic EFL Cup final as Liverpool take on Chelsea for a fourth time this season. Liverpool won the EFL Cup in penalties back in February and Chelsea are now looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The Chelsea vs Liverpool odds favor the Reds as they’re still aiming for an unprecedented quadruple trophy haul.
FA Cup Final – Chelsea vs Liverpool Game Info
- Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
- Date & Time: Saturday, 10:45 a.m. ET
- TV: ESPN+
Last Five Meetings:
- Feb 2022: Chelsea 0-0 (10-11) Liverpool*
- Jan 2022: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
- Aug 2021: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
- Mar 2021: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
- Sep 2020: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
Despite finishing in a goalless draw, the EFL Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool in February was full of action. Joel Matip and Kai Havertz had goals called back for Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively, while Thiago Silva cleared a Mo Salah chip off the goal line.
After a grueling 120 minutes, the match went into penalties but not before Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel replaced goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with Kepa. The gamble backfired as Kepa failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11 penalties and he skied his penalty shot over the bar. The Chelsea vs Liverpool odds had the Reds as favorites and they lifted their first trophy of the season.
The last three matches between these sides have finished in 90-minute draws while only one of the last five had had more than two goals scored. The only other time these teams met in an FA Cup final was in 2012, when Chelsea was victorious, 2-1.
Chelsea Back on Track
- Form (All Competitions): W,D,L,D,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M N’Golo Kante (knock), F Callum Hudson-Odoi (back), D Ben Chilwell (ACL), M Mateo Kovacic (ankle)
Chelsea are back in the FA Cup final 2022 after losing to Leicester City in last year’s final. The Blues also fell to Arsenal in the final in 2020 in a PK shootout, but they have a great Cup record under Tuchel.
The Blues broke a three-game winless streak on Wednesday as they defeated Leeds United 3-0 on the road. Mason Mount opened the scoring with a curling effort and Leeds’ Daniel James was sent off midway through the first half for a rash challenge on Mateo Kovacic.
Kovacic is now an injury doubt for Chelsea heading into Sunday. It was, however, a welcome sight for Romelu Lukaku to get on the scoresheet for a second consecutive match. Chelsea have had a tough time lately but they should be motivated after disappointments in the EFL Cup and Champions League.
Liverpool Out for More Trophies
- Form (All Competitions): W,D,W,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: None
Liverpool appear to be gassed as they juggle three competitions and have had to grind out results lately. Tuesday was certainly no exception. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa took the lead after just two minutes through Douglas Luiz, leaving the Reds to catch-up.
An unlikely goal scorer, center back Joel Matip, leveled the match minutes later and both teams had solid chances in an entertaining first half. It wasn’t until the 65th minute that Liverpool took a lead as Luis Diaz whipped in a cross that Sadio Mane headed home. Liverpool hung on to keep their quadruple hopes alive, but Manchester City remains in the driver’s seat in the English Premier League.
With a win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, Liverpool can win their second trophy of the season. The Chelsea vs Liverpool odds list Jurgen Klopp’s side as +105 favorites, but this is a fixture that has often finished in a draw lately. However, a major advantage Liverpool have is that their squad is fully healthy.
What to Watch
This is expected to be another close match, as Liverpool are ½-goal favorites but Chelsea are implied to be more likely to cover. It’s worth monitoring the status of both N’Golo Kante and Kovacic as Chelsea could be thin in midfield in this match.
Liverpool, when at their best, are electric and incredibly hard to contain. Chelsea have been one of the few teams who have gone toe to toe with the Reds lately. That will be a much tougher task without Kante in the heart of midfield.
One of the highlights of the FA Cup final should be watching the wealth of attacking talent on display. Lukaku has struggled a lot in his first season back in England, but he’s scored three goals in his last two. Liverpool’s front line of Salah, Mane and Diogo Jota needs no introduction but Diaz has also been a stellar recent addition.
It is interesting that a draw is listed at +240 and the O/U total is 2½, with the last three meetings finishing in draws and four of five under 2½.Follow us on Twitter