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FA Cup Final
May 14, 2022 KO: 15:45

Chelsea - Liverpool

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Craig Pawson

Match preview

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea take on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The Blues cruised past Crystal Palace in the semi-final, while the Reds overcame Premier League title rivals Manchester City in rather comfortable fashion.

Having won last season's edition of the Champions League, Tuchel's men now have their eyes on the FA Cup to add to their Club World Cup success in February.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are still in contention for a historic quadruple, after beating Chelsea in the EFL Cup final already in this campaign.

A back three of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger will be hard for Liverpool's forwards to infiltrate.

And, the wing-back pair of Marcos Alonso and Reece James will also be hard to shut out at the other end.

Mateo Kovacic escaped nasty injury against Leeds after a shocking tackle from Daniel James saw him substituted - he should partner Jorginho in midfield.

Mason Mount, one of the nominees for the Premier League's young player of the season award, could feature alongside fellow youngster Christian Pulisic.

Meanwhile, £97.5 million summer signing Romelu Lukaku has shown glimpses of his best form after a difficult season.

As for Liverpool, the favourites to win the trophy, the usual back four of Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to line up.

Holding midfielder Fabinho is suspended, so captain Jordan Henderson could take his place.

A technically gifted duo of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita should feature slightly further up the pitch in the midfield.

The club's top goalscorer Mohamed Salah and long-term strike partner Sadio Mane will take the field at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp could select January signing Luiz Dias over Diogo Jota for the vacant position in the formidable front three.

Chelsea and Liverpool's predicted starting XI's

Match statistics

Chelsea
Statistics
Liverpool
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
13
16
Draws
2
3
Losses
5
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
40
42
Goals Per Game
2.00
2.10
More > 2.5 Goals
11
9
More > 3 Goals
9
7
Scored First in a Match
14
14
Scored Both Halves
7
8
Won More > 1 Goal
7
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
21
14
Did Not Score
2
2
Both Teams Scored
9
8
Kept Clean Sheet
10
11
Won Without Conceding
9
11
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
17
Shots on Target
5.45
5.85
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.14
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.20
1.83
Penalties
0.05
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.50
0.55
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
9.00
7.10
Shots on Target Conceded
3.12
2.80
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.10
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
10
Yellow Cards
0.00
0.00
Red Cards
0.00
0.00