Chelsea vs Liverpool: Match Preview & Head to Head H2H 2022

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Match Preview & Head to Head H2H 2022

Chelsea takes on Liverpool in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley. Liverpool continues their quadruple quest on Saturday as they face off against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

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Facts
  • Chelsea has achieved a run of 3 straight wins in FA Cup.
  • Chelsea is unbeaten in 10 of their 11 most recent matches (FA Cup).
  • Chelsea is having a period of 3 straight FA Cup matches in which they have scored 2 or more goals.
  • The average number of goals scored by Chelsea is 2.60 for their matches in FA Cup.
  • A series of 5 consecutive FA Cup wins mark Liverpool's latest record.
  • Liverpool is scoring an average of 2.60 goals in their FA Cup games.
Head to Head Records

DateGamesCompetiton
27/02/22Chelsea  0 - 0 Liverpool EFL
02/01/22Chelsea 2 - 2 LiverpoolEPL
28/08/21Liverpool  1 - 1ChelseaEPL
04/03/21Liverpool 0 - 1 ChelseaEPL
20/09/20Chelsea 0 - 2 LiverpoolEPL
22/07/20Liverpool 5 - 3 ChelseaEPL

CHELSEAINJURED AND SUSPENDED

1) Ben Chilwell (M) - Will not play
2) Callum Hudson-Odoi (F) - Will not play
3) Jorginho (M) - Uncertain
4) N'Golo Kante (M) - Uncertain

CHELSEAINJURED AND SUSPENDED

1) Andrew Robertson (D) - Will not play
2) Fabinho (M) - Will not play

Another Wembley meeting for Liverpool and Chelsea
Liverpool have a chance to take another step towards an unprecedented quadruple on Saturday as they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Reds are still in the hunt for an incredible four trophies, although their Premier League title chances now look slim, while Chelsea are looking to make it third time lucky after losing the FA Cup final in each of the last two seasons.

The Blues were bested by Leicester last year after slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal the year before.

Liverpool go into the game as the favourites but Chelsea have enjoyed some success against Jurgen Klopp’s men this season. Both Premier League games between these sides ended honours even (1-1 at Anfield and 2-2 at Stamford Bridge) and their EFL Cup final was decided on penalties, with Liverpool prevailing with an incredible 11-10 win in the shoot-out.

Goals markets the best starting point
It has been five years since an FA Cup final was dragged into extra time but given how close the games between these two teams have been this season I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this encounter go the full distance, although I am leaning towards Liverpool given their current form.

Rather than pick an outright winner for the main bet, both teams to score has real appeal here as clearly both of these teams have goals in them. Both teams scored in both Premier League meetings and although the EFL Cup final finished 0-0 after 90 minutes both sides enjoyed plenty of chances (Liverpool managed 19 attempts with six on target in normal time, Chelsea had 10 with four on target).

There have been goals at both ends in Liverpool’s last three games and they have scored in each of their last 15. Chelsea have only failed to score in one of their last 17 since they drew a blank in the EFL Cup final back in February, and both teams scored in nine of those fixtures.

Side with Liverpool in correct score market
I may have avoided picking an outright winner for the main bet but it does make sense to back Liverpool in the correct score market as they are the team in form here. The Reds probably feel the league crown is gone now, and that should mean they are under a bit less pressure here despite the ongoing quadruple talk.

Chelsea have only won two of their last six games, losing twice, while Liverpool have seven wins in their last eight and are unbeaten in 15. A 2-1 win for Klopp’s men looks a reasonable option, as that has been the winning scoreline in two of the last five finals and I am expecting a fairly close affair even if Liverpool do manage to claim the win inside 90 minutes.

Mohamed Salah has gone six games without a goal but he has been chipping in with a few assists during that spell and can end his drought on Saturday. Salah scored in both league games against his former club, and is likely to be on spot kick duties too at Wembley so he stands out as an anytime goalscorer option.

Both of these teams have a couple of injury issues as N’Golo Kante could miss a fourth straight game for Chelsea and Matteo Kovacic looks set to miss out, while Liverpool are likely to be without Fabinho. Timo Werner has enjoyed an excellent run in this competition with two goals and three assists, but Romelu Lukaku could get the nod ahead of the German after scoring three goals in his last two games.

Chelsea predicted lineup: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku

Liverpool predicted lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Thiago, Mane, Diaz, Salah



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