Liverpool and Chelsea will be at each other's throats on Saturday to fight out the FA Cup final. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Chelsea vs LiverpoolWembley Stadium4:45 pm
|Liverpool and Chelsea will be at each other's throats on Saturday to fight out the FA Cup final. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The FA Cup final is a tale of two cities; one brimming with the confidence of a potential quadruple, although that largely depends on three key variables the possibility exists, and the other, that of fear and uncertainties, it is Liverpool against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
Liverpool can beat Chelsea here to keep alive the hopes of an unprecedented four-trophy haul. The Kops already have the Carabao Cup in the bag, beating the same opponents on the same ground but they wouldn’t want the same route.
The Blues lost the penalty shoot-out in a keenly contested League Cup final, they can have their pound of flesh here. Chelsea has it all to fight for, it has been a frustrating season, and the best way they can remember the season for good is if they land the silverware at Wembley.
For a season that started for the Blues as promising as it did, stepped onto the pitch in August as European champions, it has fallen apart for them enough and a piece of good news from Wembley will do them a lot of good.
Liverpool can still win the premier league but they will need Manchester City to lose a game at least while they go on a scoring rampage; the Kops are in the champions league final where they will face Real Madrid, they can yet lose it all.
When you realize Liverpool can still end with only the Carabao Cup, you would understand why it is important for them to give it their all on Saturday. They have the advantage on paper considering form and pedigree in recent seasons.
Chelsea continues to sweat on the form of Matteo Kovacic and N’golo Kante while Liverpool will be without Fabinho, the latter is a big worry with Liverpool struggling each time the Brazilian doesn’t feature but they would hope he becomes available for the big one in three weeks.
Both sides have met three times already this season and it all ended in stalemates in regulation time, be prepared for another one with Thomas Tuchel likely to remain conservative. Antonio Rudiger and Tiago Silva will feature, you need all the experience you can get against the fleet-footed Kops.
Liverpool will unleash Mohammed Salah who was rested for the midweek win against Aston Villa, the Egyptian hasn’t been on top form since returning from the AFCON but he has the chance to finish strong with the biggest one in sight.