Cup specialists Liverpool and Chelsea this weekend contest this year’s FA Cup final in a repeat of the EFL Cup final for only the second time. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
Saturday’s game is at 4.45pm at Wembley Stadium.
What’s new from the team?
Fabinho was forced off with a hamstring problem in Tuesday’s win at Aston Villa, which has ruled him out of the FA Cup final and the last two Premier League games against Southampton and Wolves.
With Jordan Henderson called up for the defensive midfield role he has played on occasion this season, it means Jurgen Klopp will likely rely on Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita to equalize his three in center against Chelsea.
James Milner and Curtis Jones, who have made their first starts at Villa Park since early April, are Klopp’s backup options and with a spot in the matchday squad now becoming available, it could mean Harvey Elliott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to make the cut for Premier League games in recent months.
Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic could still have a surprising chance to show his FA Cup final fitness.
The Croatia midfielder limped out of Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Leeds on Wednesday night after suffering a nasty ankle injury in the tackle that saw Dan James sent off.
The former Real Madrid midfielder is believed to be in the running on Friday, where he will then assess the chances of a Wembley appearance.
Kovacic has proved a crucial influence at Chelsea this season and his availability would give the Blues a huge boost should he win his fitness race now.
N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s trip to Leeds after suffering a knock in recent weeks, while Jorginho had to shake off his own little problem to appear midweek.
Where can I see the game?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC 1 and ITV for those with access to the latter. The game will also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.
Have the teams ever met in the final?
The FA Cup has been a happy hunting ground for both sides in the past, with Liverpool winning seven finals in 14 before this year, while Chelsea have a lead with eight wins in each of 15 finals.
However, the clubs have only met once in the final, back in 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea side of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba met Liverpool, who were managed by Kenny Dalglish, who, like this season, has Den He had already won the League Cup on penalties, against Cardiff City.
The Londoners took a 2-0 lead with a first-half goal from Ramires, followed by a goal from Drogba after the break. An Andy Carroll header gave Liverpool hope and sparked a frantic finish, but Chelsea persevered before clinching a trophy double later that month by winning the Champions League.
The teams also met Ireland’s Caoimhín Kelleher, the hero, in this year’s EFL Cup final after he scored the winning goal on penalties after a thrilling game that ended despite a goalless finish. However, Kelleher will have to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday.
What are the match odds?
Liverpool are favorites to lift the trophy on 4/7 and Chelsea on 5/4. The tie after 90 minutes is 12/5.
What can you read and hear on Independent.ie?
We have full preparation for the Showpiece event in the Irish Independent sports supplement on Saturday and on Independent.ie and there is a selection of pieces for you below.
What do the managers say?
“I felt that before the game the team was very calm, very determined and very focused and delivered a performance that we have grown accustomed to over so many weeks.
“I’m very happy and of course it was necessary given our situation and not just because we’re arriving for a big game now, but it’s very good to come to a game like Saturday’s with a calm mind.”
“We can handle it. Having Fabinho or not having him is a difference.
“It’s normal what’s happening. It’s never in a position where you have 12 options, it’s always in a position where you [don’t]. We have a few players. hendo [Jordan Henderson] came and played amazing, he’s played great six games this season so that’s not a problem.
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