Chelsea vs Liverpool: prediction for the FA Cup final
Chelsea had a solid performance at the Champions League group stage and celebrated success over LOSC Lille in the last 16. However, the current trophy holders lost to Real Madrid in the quarterfinal match, thus failing to defend the title.
The Blues were the runners-up in the League Cup - in the final, they lost to Liverpool on penalties. To reach the fnal of the FA Cup, Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace (2:0).
As for the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel's men are 3rd on the log with 70 points from 36 games. The Blues have the third-best attacking record in the league, averaging over two goals per game. After a draw against Wolverhampton (2:2), Chelsea beat Leeds United (3:0).
Kante, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, and Chillwell are unavailable for the Blues today.
Liverpool won all six games during the group stage of the Champions League and cruised past Inter Milan and Benfica in the playoffs. In the semifinal match, Liverpool beat Villarreal (5:2 on aggregate). This will be their third final in one season.
Jurgen Klopp's team won the League Cup in winter and beat Manchester City (3:2) to advance to the FA Cup final. In the Premeir League, the Reds are in second place in the standings with 86 points from 36 games, trailing the defending champions by three points.
After a draw against Tottenham (1:1), Liverpool defeated Aston Villa (2:1). The Reds have the second-best attacking record in the league - they have tallied 89 goals this season.
Fabio Tavares is a doubt for this game.
The last 3 head-to-head games were tied.
In 2 of the last 4 Chelsea games, goals were scored in both halves.
In 3 of the last 4 Liverpool games, this bet won.
No penalties were given in 3 of the last 5 head-to-head games.
In the League Cup final, 22 penalties were needed to decide a winner. The Reds were a bit more fortunate in winter, but we believe today is the day for the Blues. For Chelsea, this is the only chance of winning a trophy this season. On the other hand, Liverpool have a very busy schedule at the end of the football year - they have to win all their league games, and in two weeks they will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. In our opinion, today the Blues have the edge.
Our prediction — Chelsea to win
We expect a traditional scenario for head-to-head matches, in which both teams will be careful on defense. There were three draws between the clubs in the last three meetings, so we predict that a penalty shootout or extra time will decide the winner.
Second bet — draw