Back in February, Liverpool and Chelsea met at Wembley in the final of the Carabao Cup and after an intriguing game which finished 0-0, with Liverpool seeing a Joel Matip goal disallowed for offside, while Chelsea had two goals disallowed in extra time due to offside through Lukaku and Havertz.
Penalties ensued and every outfield player scored for both Chelsea and Liverpool and then Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher scored the Reds 11th penalty while Chelsea’s keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who had been brought on specifically for penalties, blasted his shot high over the bar to hand Liverpool the win.
Little did we know back then that this would be the first of two domestic cup finals this season as both teams made it through their respective rounds of the FA Cup to earn a place at Wembley once again in the showpiece final this weekend.
And of course, with it being FA Cup Final weekend, betting interest on the game is sure to be huge and as you would expect, bet365 Sport have gone big on the match and are offering a wide range of betting markets on the game.
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Let’s now start our preview of the match by taking a look at how both teams reached Wembley this season.
The Road To Wembley
After losing last year’s final to Leicester City 1-0, Chelsea are back at Wembley for a second year in a row hoping to avoid a third successive domestic cup final defeat and avoid a sixth defeat in seven Wembley Finals.
A defeat on Sunday would also see them lose a third FA Cup Final in a row, which would set a new record for FA Cup Final defeats in succession.
The Londoners began their journey to Wembley with a home tie against Chesterfield in the third round back in January.
3rd Round – v Chesterfield (H) – W 5-1 (Werner 6, Hudson-Odoi 18, Lukaku 20, Christensen 39, Ziyech 55)4th Round – v Plymouth Argyle (H) – W 2-1 AET (Azpilicueta 41, Alonso 105)5th Round – v Luton Town (A) – W 3-2 (Saul 27, Werner 68, Lukaku 78)Quarter Finals – v Middlesbrough (A) – W 2-0 (Lukaku 15, Ziyech 31)Semi Finals – v Crystal Palace (N) – W 2-0 (Loftus-Cheek 65, Mount 76)
Chelsea have won the FA Cup on eight occasions and been runner up on seven occasions. They first won the trophy in 1970, and their latest victory was back in 2018.
This year will be their 16th FA Cup Final appearance which has them third in the all-time list behind Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20).
Chelsea beat Liverpool in their only previous FA Cup Final against the Reds, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in the 2012 FA Cup Final thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba, with Andy Carroll scoring for the Reds.
This FA Cup Final appearance is the first for Liverpool since the 2012 FA Cup Final, which they lost 2-1 to Chelsea, and the Reds have not lifted this trophy since their win on penalties at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff over West Ham in 2006.
In that time, Chelsea have won the FA Cup five times and been beaten in three other finals.
Jurgen Klopp won his first domestic cup with victory at the Carabao Cup in February, he could land both cups within a few months of each other with a victory on Saturday.
The Reds started their road to Wembley with a home game against Shrewsbury Town back in January.,
3rd Round – v Shrewsbury Town (H) W 4-1 (Gordon 34, Fabinho 44(p),90, Firmino 78)4th Round – v Cardiff City (H) W 3-1 (Jota 53, Minamino 68, Elliott 76)5th Round – v Norwich City (H) W 2-1 (Minamino 27,39)Quarter Final – v Nottingham Forest (A) W 1-0 (Jota 78)Semi Final – v Manchester City (N) W 3-2 (Konate 9, Mane 17,45)
Liverpool have won the FA Cup on seven occasions, from 1965 through to 2006, and they have finished as a runner up on seven occasions.
This year will see Liverpool compete in a 15th final, putting them fourth on the all-time list behind Arsenal (21), Man Utd (20), and Chelsea (16).
Head To Head Record
The teams have met a total of 191 times in total in their history, the first meeting coming on Christmas Day in 1907, when Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners.
Liverpool have won 83 of those ties, with Chelsea winning 65 and 43 games have finished as a draw.
In their more recent games, Chelsea have won just two of the last 11 games against the Reds, Liverpool winning six of those games with three matches being draws.
This season, the teams have played out three draws, two in the Premier League (1-1 at Anfield in August and 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in January) and they drew 0-0 in the Carabao Cup Final in February, before Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties.
Team News & Predicted Line Ups
Chelsea’s drop off in form has been a concern for them in the Premier League of late but with their future now seemingly resolved after the club accepted an offer from Todd Boehly’s consortium, perhaps things will settle more at Stamford Bridge.
And they’d love to usher in this new era with a trophy just a week or so after the takeover was confirmed.
Tuchel’s main selection issues are focused in midfield where there are a number of players competing for just two spots with Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic and Saul Niguez competing for the two midfield spots.
Romelu Lukaku’s return to goalscoring form has brought him into contention in attack, but Havertz and Werner have been Tuchel’s first choice of late and they will likely start ahead of Lukaku and American ace Pulisic.
Probable Chelsea Team – (5-3-2) – Mendy, James, Alonso, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a pretty much full-strength squad to pick from for this game, barring any injuries in the game against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The German has rotated his players throughout the FA Cup campaign but notably picked what many feel is his strongest team for the semifinal with Manchester City and it would be strange if he didn’t do so once again for the final here.
However, with a crucial couple of League games coming up next week, plus the Champions League Final, the Liverpool manager will know that he needs to give some players a rest at some point, though I think that is more likely in the game with Southampton next week.
Probable Liverpool Team – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Konate, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Dias, Mane, Salah.
Latest Betting Odds and Our Tips
Bet365 have the teams priced up at the following in the Outright Winner market:
Chelsea – 11/4Liverpool – 19/20 fav.Draw – 13/5
With the last three games between these teams finishing as a draw in normal time, the 13/5 on the draw is a tempting bet once again here, but I always feel in these games, when there has been a run of certain results, things can change.
Chelsea’s lack of form of late has been a worry and in contrast, Liverpool have been playing very well and as such, that would make me err on the side of Liverpool winning the match.
I do like the 3/1 available on both teams scoring and Liverpool to win the match and I think Mo Salah to score at any time at 6/5 is a very solid bet.
The match kicks off at 4.45pm on Saturday 14th March and will be shown live on terrestrial TV and it should be a cracker.