Chelsea and Liverpool meet in the FA Cup finals this Saturday afternoon at the famous Wembley. The most prominent football cup in the world and the oldest competition in this sport carries a huge significance in England, and be sure that both sides enter this contest with 100% of their power. Chelsea wants to capture at least one trophy and make this season a positive one, while on the other side, Liverpool needs a boost before the UEFA Champions League finals, especially following last week’s disappointing draw at home against Tottenham. That result pretty much ejected the Reds from the EPL title race.
Chelsea (+260) had a very nasty season. Roman Abramovich forcefully left the club, and the fans aren’t very pleased with the new owners. They are afraid that they might experience the same destiny as Arsenal under American leadership.
They are coming off a win over Leeds on the road this Wednesday, 0-3. That one came following a loss to Everton at Goodison and a draw at Old Trafford. However, the Blues posted nine wins in a row prior to this stretch. Tuchel is getting along much better on the road than at home, which is a constant since he sat on the bench here.
The German uses his fast forwards, like Werner, Havertz, Lukau, Ziyech to create chances from counter-attacks and strike from the transition. That’s how he won the UEFA Champions League last season.
Liverpool (+105) is without a loss for 15 consecutive matches, but a draw at home against Tottenham was equal to a defeat because it allowed Manchester City to create a three-point gap, and pretty much secure another title.
Jurgen Klopp’s unit plays superbly on the road, and we can say that they get along away from home much better than at Anfield. In the past fourteen outings, Liverpool recorded 13 wins and only one draw, which was against Manchester City, 2-2.
Five of the previous six road contests have seen over 2.5 scores. Those same games saw goals on both ends of the field, and that suggests that Liverpool’s away games are full of excitement.
Ben Chilwell is out for the hosts, the same as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic, who suffered a nasty ankle injury against Leeds. N’Golo Kante is doubtful.
Meanwhile, Liverpool can’t count only on Fabinho.
Head to Head Games
The Blues and the Reds have already met three times this season. On all three occasions, we saw draws, at Anfield, 1-1, at Stamford 2-2 and in the EFL Cup finals, 0-0. However, Liverpool would win that trophy on penalties, punishing Tuchel’s ultra-defensive tactics.
The Reds seem better, despite a huge blow against Tottenham. Chelsea isn’t that confident in the recent few games, and despite them beating Leeds in the last contest, overall, they are below Liverpool at the moment. By the way, they did trash the Peacocks but had a player more on the field for more than 65 minutes. All in all, our pick here is Liverpool, and the odds of them winning Saturday’s event are set at +105.
Pick: Liverpool wins +105
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