It’s FA Cup final day, where Chelsea face Liverpool in a rematch after the EFL Cup final back in February. Chelsea will be hoping to make up for their defeat and lift the trophy later tonight.
As Liverpool head into their second final of the season, they look to keep their quadruple hopes alive and repeat their triumph versus the London opposition to win their 8th FA Cup.
Chelsea are coming into the final on a bad run of form, winning just 2 of their last 6 Premier League games, while Liverpool haven’t lost a game across all competitions since the beginning of March which came at the hands of Inter Milan in the Champions League. Chelsea will see this game as a must-win as a defeat will see their season end with just the Club World Cup trophy to their name, which will be a disservice to their hard work, seeing them reach 2 finals, a quarter final in the Champions League, as well as sitting comfortably in 3rd in the Premier League table.
The EFL Cup final saw a very tense and evenly matched 120 minutes, with the only goal coming from defender Joel Matip, which was later ruled out for a foul committed by Virgil van Dijk. The contest was then sent to penalties, which ended 11-10 in Liverpool’s favour, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga missing from the spot after being substituted on solely for the shootout.
Chelsea will be looking for a major performance from midfielder Mason Mount, who has 10 goals and 11 assists to his name in the 2021/22 season. The Englishman has been at his boyhood club since he was 16 years old and will hope to play a part in his club winning their first trophy of the season. Since returning from his loan spell at Derby in 2019, Mount has made a massive 158 appearances for Chelsea, proving to each manager he has played under that he isn’t a player who can be dropped.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will be looking towards newest addition Luis Diaz to put in a performance to keep the unthinkable quadruple within reach. The Colombian winger has made an instant impact in Merseyside, changing every game he plays in and making it impossible for Jurgen Klopp to demote him to the bench. His impressive skills and forward drives sees him bring a different aspect to Liverpool’s front line, making any oppositions defence struggle to keep him under control.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku could also be of importance for Chelsea, after his return to the club in August last year. Although he has had a relatively quiet season, netting just 8 goals in 25 matches, it’s no secret that the Chelsea man loves a big occasion and will be hoping to reach his 3rd trophy with The Blues.
It remains a mystery as to who Jurgen Klopp will choose as his front 3 for the final, with Sadio Mané, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz all hoping to be chosen to start. Star man Salah is the only certain starter, after his impeccable season where he’s contributed to 35 goals in 34 appearances. As for the other 4 forwards, it could be anyone’s guess as to who the German will opt for, with regular rotation made between the quartet throughout the season, as well as Firmino recently returning from injury and hoping to force his way back into Liverpool’s starters.
The game should be an interesting one, with this being the fourth time of the season that the two clubs face each other. Each of the other 3 games ended in a draw after 90 minutes, which adds emphasis on how evenly matched these two clubs are. With the supporters of both teams also having a fierce rivalry with one and other, we can expect the atmosphere at Wembley to be bouncing and giving their players that extra push towards the FA Cup trophy.