Chelsea v Liverpool: English FA Cup Final Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 13-05-2022 6:26 pm (2 weeks ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date: Saturday 14th May, 2022
Time: 4:45 pm
Stadium  Wembley
Referee   Craig Pawson (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
Chelsea also witnessed one of their midfield stalwarts leave the field with a concerning injury in midweek, as Mateo Kovacic was on the receiving end of a dreadful tackle from Daniel James at Elland Road, for which the Leeds man was sent off for.

The Croatian injured the same ankle in the semi-final win over Crystal Palace, although Tuchel has not ruled out the possibility of him playing some part, while Jorginho made a timely return from an issue of his own in midweek.

N'Golo Kante's comeback would also be welcomed with open arms, but Tuchel is "90% sure" that Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be in the middle for Saturday's final, where Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi will watch on from the sidelines.

Romelu Lukaku's redemption arc continued with another goal in the win over Leeds following his brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the need for a physical presence against the likes of Konate and Virgil van Dijk could tempt Tuchel into handing the Belgian another start here.

Pulisic's goal in midweek has also given Tuchel food for thought - as well as Timo Werner's five contributions in the FA Cup this term, the most of any player in the tournament (two goals and three assists) - but Kai Havertz is well-rested and will expect to force his way back into the lineup.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount; Havertz, Lukaku

Whether it be down to the tireless work of the medical department or sheer dumb luck, Liverpool's treatment room has remained virtually empty during their busy period, with Roberto Firmino back on the bench at Villa Park following a foot injury.

However, the Reds have been dealt a killer blow after Fabinho hobbled off with an apparent hamstring problem in Tuesday night's victory, but the midfielder should be back for the Champions League final.

With much still to play for after Saturday's final is done and dusted, Klopp is sure to avoid taking any risks over Fabinho if he is not 100% fit, but he should be Liverpool's only absentee for the final.

In spite of Caoimhin Kelleher's EFL Cup exploits, Klopp is sure to hand Alisson Becker the gloves for the FA Cup final, where Andy Robertson will return after enjoying a complete rest in midweek.

Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah are also among those primed to return to the first XI, with the latter potentially joining Chelsea's nemesis Mane and star signing Luis Diaz in the final third.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Head To Head

Saturday's FA Cup final will mark the 192nd meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea in all competitions, with the Reds amassing 83 victories compared to 65 for the Blues, while there have also been 43 stalemates in that period.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the guilty party as Liverpool defeated Chelsea on penalties in February's EFL Cup final - their third victory in cup finals over Chelsea following the 2006 Community Shield and 2019 UEFA Super Cup.

The only previous FA Cup final showdown between the two clubs ended in a 2-1 success for Chelsea a decade ago, while both Premier League encounters this season have ended all square, suggesting that a tight contest could certainly be on the menu here.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

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