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Football League Cup Final
Feb 27, 2022 KO: 16:30

Chelsea - Liverpool

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Stuart Attwell

Match preview

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in League Cup final

The first domestic trophy of the season is up for grabs as Chelsea and Liverpool face-off at Wembley

The League Cup final takes place this weekend between Chelsea and Liverpool, and all the talk pre-match will focus on whether or not Thomas Tuchel selects Romelu Lukaku.

In Lukaku's last match in which he started, he managed just seven touches in his entire time on the pitch against Crystal Palace.

He was subsequently left out of the starting XI for Chelsea's Champions League clash against Lille, with Kai Havertz coming in to impress in the centre-forward position.

It is likely that the German will retain his spot for the cup final.

Both Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic were forced off due to injury against Lille, and although they may be fit enough to feature against Liverpool, it might not be from the start. Mason Mount returned to the squad midweek, though, so he could come in.

Kepa Arrizabalaga could be given a start in place of Edouard Mendy in goal, with Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger in defence.

Reece James could be involved, but Cesar Azpilicueta will probably start on the right, with Marcos Alonso in the left wing-back role.

With Kovacic struggling for fitness, it might be Jorginho and N'Golo Kante given the nod.

Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Havertz could start in the front three.

As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's main concern is with regards to the centre-forward position.

Diogo Jota picked up an injury against Inter and is struggling to be fit by the time the final kicks off, while Roberto Firmino is a certain absentee.

Due to that, we'll probably see a fluid front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz. Mane may start through the middle, but expect the trio to continually swap around.

Caoimhin Kelleher will be given a start behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago will continue as the first choice midfield.

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Match statistics

Chelsea
Statistics
Liverpool
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
16
Draws
6
3
Losses
2
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
36
47
Goals Per Game
1.80
2.35
More > 2.5 Goals
8
12
More > 3 Goals
6
10
Scored First in a Match
15
12
Scored Both Halves
5
11
Won More > 1 Goal
6
11
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
18
15
Did Not Score
2
2
Both Teams Scored
11
10
Kept Clean Sheet
8
9
Won Without Conceding
7
8
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
19
Shots on Target
5.55
6.45
Goals out of Shots
0.12
0.13
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.64
2.00
Penalties
0.35
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
10
6.40
Shots on Target Conceded
3.63
2.72
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.08
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
9.15
Yellow Cards
1.70
1.15
Red Cards
0.00
0.05