Liverpool: Superb Season
Liverpool has a lot on the line as the season winds down, starting with Saturday’s matchup against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The Reds have picked up a remarkable 42 points from their 16 English Premier League games since the start of the new year and need to win their final two games to retain their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple. For the league title, they need Manchester City to lose one of their final two games against West Ham or Aston Villa, but the Reds have two more finals to play. The first one is against Chelsea in the FA Cup, and the second one will be against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.
The Reds are in a fabulous run. They’ve lost just one game since December and they have no injury issues. Roberto Firmino is the only player listed as doubtful, but his absence isn’t going to hurt Liverpool too much as he’s been playing a sort of a backup role this season.
Sadio Mane is playing superbly and has arguably overtaken Mo Salah as Liverpool’s key man. His winner at Villa Park was his eighth goal in his last 11 games, so if you love your props you should include him in your soccer picks and parlays.
The EFL Cup has already been placed in the trophy case, a journey to Paris for another Champions League final with Real Madrid awaits, and the Reds are potentially only 90 minutes away from ending a 16-year drought in the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp had never taken Liverpool beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup before this campaign. The Reds saw off Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Man City on their way to the final.
Chelsea: Eager to Salvage Season
The Blues dropped 10 points in their previous six Premier League games. One of the reasons behind Chelsea’s unimpressive run is that this team has some injury problems in the center of the pitch. N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi are listed as injured ahead of the FA Cup Final.
Chelsea has suffered a disappointing season across all competitions. The Champions League reigning champs were expected to challenge for the domestic title, but they are miles behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool. The Blues are having to fend off challenges from fellow London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal just to clinch third place.
They were in action on Wednesday and cruised to a win at relegation-threatened, 10-man Leeds United, trying to build some confidence ahead of this crucial match. After a poor season by his very high standards, Romelu Lukaku is back after netting a double against Wolverhampton and scoring against Leeds United. That’s a bit late, Romelu. Where were you when the team needed you the most? Of course, declaring how unhappy you are and how much you want to go back to Inter.
Chelsea has lost that great level of stability and consistency. No contract negotiations, no further ticket sales, no merchandise and the list goes on — it’s unprecedented in the history of the English top-flight league. If you’re betting online, it’s risky to back Chelsea given their issues on and off the pitch.
Liverpool vs Chelsea 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. Liverpool already managed to beat Chelsea this season in the ELF Cup, winning the trophy on penalties. Timo Werner’s five contributions in the FA Cup this season is the most of any player in the tournament.
Three of Chelsea’s last six outings have ended with both teams scoring, and the Londoners have only failed to score in one of those matches. Liverpool has seen each of their last three games end with both teams finding the back of the net. The two teams share the spoils in the Premier League this season, with both games ending in draws and both teams contributing on the scoresheet on each occasion.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Game Information
- Game: Liverpool (26-8-2) vs Chelsea (20-10-6)
- Location: Wembley Stadium (London)
- Day/Time: Saturday, 11:45 a.m. ET
- Liverpool vs Chelsea Live stream: fubo.tv
Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Lines
|Liverpool||-½ +105||+105||2½ -115o||1½ Evo
|Chelsea||+½ -135||+265||2½ -115u||1½ +190o
Liverpool vs Chelsea Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as +105 favorites on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Chelsea will be confident that they can break down Liverpool’s stubborn defense, having failed to score only once in the 17 games played since drawing a blank against them in the EFL final. It’s hard to know which Chelsea will turn up because they can raise their game on occasions, but form and momentum-wise, we simply can’t back the Blues. They have the weapons to score, but we don’t expect them to win.
They will try to frustrate Liverpool’s attack and stay with the defensive line high, but securing a first-ever FA Cup title with Liverpool would be the perfect way for Klopp to celebrate his recent contract extension. The Reds are not perfect, but they are probably the most solid team in the European leagues. It won’t be a walk in the park for Liverpool but, given their form, quality and squad depth, the Reds should have enough to score at least twice on their own.