Chelsea vs Liverpool: Blues to shade FA Cup final
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Blues to shade FA Cup final

Kick-off: 1645, 14/05/2022

Stadium: Wembley

TV: BBC1

Chelsea are fancied to avoid a hat-trick of FA Cup final heartbreaks by edging out Liverpool at Wembley.

The Blues will be doubly determined to seize their only remaining chance to secure some silverware this season and avenge February’s penalty shootout loss to the Reds in the EFL Cup decider.

We’re taking 2.45 for Thomas Tuchel’s team to lift the trophy as our first Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction.

Chelsea Odds

Chelsea’s route to a fifth FA Cup final in six years has been a touch laboured, but that will count for nothing this weekend.

The Blues cruised through their opening encounter when crushing Chesterfield 5-1 but then needed extra-time to see off Plymouth 2-1.

Tuchel’s men had to come from behind twice to beat Luton 3-2 before a stress-free 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals.

A tired-looking Chelsea took time to wear down Crystal Palace in the semis, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount helped them to advance.

Wembley was empty when Arsenal beat the Blues two years ago and only 20,000 saw them lose to Leicester last season.

However, having a full house to perform in front of will bring back memories of their 2018 triumph over Manchester United.

Chelsea showed they do not mind being underdogs for a crucial contest when upsetting Manchester City in the Champions League final last term.

Tuchel will hope that the progress made in selling the club to a new owner rekindles the feelgood factor of that memorable success.

Mount showed his well-being with a goal in Wednesday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Leeds and tends to be a man for the big occasion.

Looking at the 4.0 to score at any time here.

Liverpool Odds

Liverpool have battled through to their first FA Cup final for a decade, having lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the 2012 decider.

The Reds eased past Shrewsbury 4-1 in the third round and were given few worries by Cardiff in a 3-1 home victory.

They were then made to work hard in a 2-1 defeat of Norwich, though, and only scraped past Nottingham Forest 1-0 via Diogo Jota’s 78th-minute goal at the City Ground.

Beating Manchester City 3-2 at this venue in the semis reads well, but reserve keeper Zack Steffen had a day to forget for their opponents.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are still technically chasing a historic quadruple but a hectic workload has looked to be taking its toll of late.

Liverpool were given a fright before seeing off Villarreal in the Champions League and then a home draw with Tottenham put a huge dent in their domestic title hopes.

Tuesday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa was another patchy effort and even a deeper squad than in past seasons is showing signs of wear and tear.

The last three head-to-head encounters between these teams have been a draw after normal time but we’re going against that trend here.

Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Liverpool betting tips by taking 11.0 for a repeat of that 2-1 scoreline from 10 years ago.

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