Chelsea FC vs Liverpool: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h for FA Cup final today

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Today’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will feature the two teams who have faced off for the League Cup trophy for only the second time in the competition’s history.

While not a particularly exciting idea on paper, the way these teams last battled it out in February’s thrilling final at Wembley whets the appetite.

History could also turn in the Reds’ favour, after League Cup winners Arsenal doubled their wins at Wembley against Sheffield on Wednesday on the only previous occasion, in 1992/93.

Indeed, rarely has a goalless draw proved so exciting and, even in a Premier League context, there has been so little to separate the two sides all season. Both encounters in this competition ended 2-2 despite Liverpool’s good lead over Chelsea in the table.

Although Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to catch up with Manchester City have taken a hit in recent days, the German could still win all three cup competitions this season and the fact that he has already conquered Chelsea in a knockout tie cannot be ignored.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s men are masters in this kind of football. Under his watch, Chelsea reached the final in every competition and it’s worth remembering that they beat City in the Champions League despite uneven league form. Two of the most entertaining teams in Europe, it’s going to be quite an occasion.

Here’s everything you need to know about today’s final…

Date, kick-off time and venue

The FA Cup final is scheduled to kick off at 4.45pm BST today, Saturday 14 May 2022.

Wembley Stadium in London will host the game.

Where to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool

TV channel: The match will be shown for free on BBC One and ITV, with coverage starting at 4pm and 3.45pm BST respectively before kick-off at 4.45pm.

Direct: The BBC iPlayer website, BBC Sport and ITV Hub will all offer live streams available to license payers.

Live: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog with Matt Verri at Wembley. James Robson will also provide expert analysis from the field.

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Chelsea vs Liverpool team news

Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are out for Chelsea but Tuchel has confirmed his intention to risk Mateo Kovacic despite his ankle injury.

“Mateo wants to try it and the medical department has given the green light to try it,” he said on Friday. “The ligament is stretched anyway since the last incident, so there is no new injury but intense pain, and it is very swollen.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, saw Fabinho limp in Tuesday’s win over Aston Villa and Klopp has since ruled out the Brazilian. Klopp has, however, confirmed that he will be fit for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.

Andy Robertson was rested for this game at Villa Park and Mohamed Salah was taken off the bench. Both are almost certain to start this afternoon.

Chelsea vs. Liverpool Prediction

There has been so little separation between these two teams this season, although Chelsea have seemed much less structured in big games lately. Given their firepower, Liverpool could take advantage of this.

Liverpool win, 2-1.

Head-to-head history and results (h2h)

(FA Cup only)

Chelsea win: 2

Draws: 0

Liverpool win: 1

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