This weekend’s FA Cup final will see the oldest football tournament in English history take center stage. Will Liverpool be able to repeat their success in the EFL Cup final? Or will Chelsea take revenge? See our final Chelsea-Liverpool FA Cup picks.
Saturday’s FA Cup final will see the Premier League’s second and third-place teams face off. The FA Cup, which has been around for 151 years, is one of the most prestigious tournaments in football. Last year, Chelsea lost to Leicester City in the final.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been locked in a deadlock this season. They have drawn two games in the Premier League, and one in the EFL Cup final on February 27. Both goalkeepers were able to take their turns in the penalty shootout. The league standings show that the clubs are separated by 16 points, which makes Liverpool the favorite in this match.
The two teams will be returning to Wembley Stadium to try and determine which team is better in the head-to-head matchup this season.
Here are my predictions and picks for Saturday’s FA Cup final match, Chelsea and Liverpool. Odds via BetMGMG and [(1xbet]]; pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5 star scale. Saturday, May 14th at 11:45 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool Game Info
ET ESPN+, Sportsnet One Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool Odds Analysis
If you are looking for a pick on the Moneyline, [1xbet] offers Liverpool at +110. BetMGM offers the Reds at +105, while [(1xbet]] offers them at +100. At [(1xbet),] underdog backers can grab Chelsea on the ML for +250.
[ (1xbet]] offers Liverpool the highest price to win the trophy at -168 while [ (1xbet]] has Chelsea at +150.
The ability to play a total will depend on whether Mateo Kovacic and/or N’Golo Kane are available. Chelsea may be able to defeat Liverpool if either of them are available to play and could achieve a similar result to the EFL Cup final. [(1xbet]] offers Under 2.5 at –110.
If both midfielders are unavailable, you might want to look at Over 2.5 at –115 at [1xbet]. The starting lineups will be announced an hour before kickoff.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool FA Cup Picks
Chelsea vs. Liverpool FA Cup Predictions
All three matches this season ended in a draw after 90 mins, so I will choose Liverpool to be crowned champions over the ML.
The 1-1 draw of Aug. 28 was the most competitive. Liverpool won play with a plus-1.8 expected goal differential. The 2-2 draw that followed was much closer and it came down to who could score the penalty against which of the goalkeepers in the EFL Cup final. This is why the FA might need to find a different way to decide who wins this contest.
Merseyside enters this contest as the more popular of the two clubs. They have 13 points from their five Premier League games, and they are just coming off a victory over Villarreal that saw them advance to the Champions League final. Chelsea has taken only eight points from their five league games so far, including a 2-2 draw away to Wolves and an Everton defeat.
Chelsea is lacking a reliable goal-scorer, in comparison to Liverpool. Mason Mount is the Blues’ Premier League leader with 11 goals. Romelu Lukaku (88) and Kai Havertz (77) are close behind.
Liverpool’s triumvirate menacing forwards are directly in front of them. With 22 goals, Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer. Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota share fourth with 15 each. Roberto Firmino has five Premier League goals and Luis Diaz has four. The former scores more Premier League goals per 90 minutes than any Chelsea player.
Although Liverpool’s midfield suffered a setback when Fabinho was forced off the pitch during their May 10 match with Aston Villa in the 30th minute, they still have the resources to field a strong team. If Kante and Kovacic can play, they will need to work with a combination of Jordan Henderson and Thiago as well as Curtis Jones and Naby Keita.
Liverpool are the front-runners thanks to Virgil van Dijk, the best centre-back in the world, and the full-back partnership Trent Alexander-Arnold-Andy Robertson. Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in football, gives the Reds a huge advantage.
Chelsea will be unable to compete with Liverpool and the Reds will lift the trophy, just like they did at Wembley last year. Salah is the player to always bet on scoring. Salah leads the Premier League with 22 goals. He also scored against Chelsea in both league matches. He averages almost four goals per game and regularly takes penalties for Liverpool. In the EFL Cup final, Salah scored five goals for Liverpool.
After only 18 minutes against Villa, the goal-scoring machine is well rested and ready to go in this match. Salah will be flying out of the gate on Saturday to pepper the Chelsea net until it finally finds its back.
Salah can also bet that he will score two or more goals at +160 [(1xbet]].
Alexander Arnold managed Liverpool’s pace in the Premier League matches against Chelsea this season. He was a pacesetter for his team, completing passes in both matches and adding an assist in the first. He is a regular participant, whipping in corners, free-kicks and crosses.
The 23 year-old could play a greater role in Liverpool’s attack, if they concede early as they have done in the three previous games. In his three previous matches, he scored 19 crosses and provided 10 assists in the EFL Cup final. Alexander-Arnold’s 12 Premier League assist this season is second only to Salah. While this match will not contribute to the total, it will help Liverpool’s quest to win the cup.
Liverpool has conceded in all three of their previous games, two of which were very early. Aston Villa scored their first goal, their sole goal, in the third minute. Villarreal scored similarly in the third minutes of their Champions League second-leg.
After conceding first to Spurs the Reds came up short and settled for a 1-1 draw. They managed to win on Tuesday as well as in the Spain trip against Villarreal. Liverpool will win the FA Cup. Chelsea may score the first goal but Liverpool will have the last laugh.
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Chelsea – Liverpool picks made on 5/13/2022, 12:00 a.m. ET. ET.
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Chelsea-Liverpool picks made 5/13/2022 at 12:00 a.m. ET.