STAMFORD BRIDGE Stadium, London – Everyone should expect a lot of goals to be scored in Chelsea vs. Liverpool because these two powerful teams frequently do so. The home team will enter this match with two victories from their previous five games, while the visiting team has two victories in the previous five games. Everyone has a good chance at another green here.
Predictions for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday at Wembley. Liverpool will compete against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, continuing their quest for a quadruple. Continue reading for free betting advice and predictions.
In both of their Premier League encounters, both teams scored. Each of Liverpool’s previous 15 games has ended with a goal. In their last 17 games, Chelsea has only failed to score once. While Chelsea has only two victories in their last six games, Liverpool has won seven of its last eight games.
When Liverpool and Chelsea square off in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, they will have the opportunity to move closer to the historically rare quadruple.
Although their prospects of winning the Premier League title now appear dim, the Reds are still vying for an unbelievable four trophies, while Chelsea is hoping for third time lucky after losing the FA Cup final in each of the previous two seasons.
After losing to Arsenal 2-1 the year before, the Blues were defeated by Leicester the previous season.
Liverpool are the favorites going into the game, but Chelsea has had some success this year against Jurgen Klopp’s team. Both of their Premier League contests ended in draws (1-1 at Anfield and 2-2 at Stamford Bridge), while the EFL Cup final between them was decided by penalties, with Liverpool winning an unbelievable 11-10.
A shootout for the goals
The last time an FA Cup final went into overtime was five years ago, but given how closely played the games between these two sides this season have been, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this one go the full distance. However, given Liverpool’s recent form, I’m leaning against them.
Both teams to score has genuine appeal here rather than selecting an outright victory for the main wager because it is obvious that both of these clubs are capable of scoring. In both Premier League matches, both teams scored, and despite the EFL Cup final ending 0-0 after 90 minutes, both sides had plenty of chances (Liverpool managed 19 attempts with six on target in normal time, Chelsea had 10 with four on target).
In Liverpool’s last three games, there have been goals at both ends, and they have scored in each of their previous 15. Since drawing a blank in the EFL Cup final back in February, Chelsea has only failed to score in one of their last 17 games, and both teams have scored in nine of those games.
Liverpool just might be a better choice
Although I may not have chosen an outright winner for the primary wager, it makes sense to support Liverpool in the correct score market because they are the team that is currently playing well. Despite the continuous discussion of a quadruple, the Reds likely believe the league championship is no longer in reach, which should relieve some of the strain they are currently facing.
While Liverpool has seven victories in their past eight games and is unbeaten in 15, Chelsea has only won two of its last six games, losing twice. Given that the winning margin in two of the last five championships has been 2-1, a 2-1 victory for Klopp’s team seems like a feasible choice. However, even if Liverpool does manage to win in under 90 minutes, I predict a competitive game.
Mohamed Salah has gone six games without scoring, but throughout that time, he has been contributing with a few assists. On Saturday, he will have the opportunity to do so. Salah sticks out as an option for an anytime goalscorer because he scored in both league games against his previous team and is probably going to be in charge of taking penalties at Wembley.
Both of these sides are dealing with a few injuries. For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante may miss a fourth straight game, Matteo Kovacic appears to be out, while Liverpool will likely be without Fabinho. Timo Werner has had a strong performance in this competition, with two goals and three assists. However, Romelu Lukaku may be chosen above the German due to his recent three-goal streak.
Possible and projected lineup for the match
Chelsea Projected lineup: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku
Liverpool Projected lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Thiago, Mane, Diaz, Salah