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Liverpool vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Preview and Videos

Posted on by Matt Jones

fa cup final wembley Liverpool vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Preview and Videos

In case you hadn’t realized, there has been quite a noticeable rivalry developing between Liverpool and Chelsea over the last decade or so. If we are to look back at recent seasons then many of the most significant, if not controversial moments have emerged about when these two clubs lock horns.

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These include the Luis Garcia “goal” in 2005 that paved the way to European glory for the Reds, an incident which still riles former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to this very day. Liverpool then won their second Champions League semi final in three years against Chelsea after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in 2007. The season after John Arne Riise’s 94th minute own goal gave Chelsea the initiative to snatch revenge against Liverpool, as they returned the favor in 2008, dumping the Reds out of the competition at the Semi Final stage. Chelsea went through again in 2009 as the two sides met in a fantastic 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge, which in turn sent Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea side into the semi-finals of the Champions League. Throw in a Carling Cup Final, managerial flare-ups and an ill tempered £50m transfer of Fernando Torres, and its fair to say that the two sets of fans aren’t exactly keen on one another.

The Liverpool faithful bait Chelsea for having “no history”, whilst the Chelsea fans respond that Liverpool’s is now “ancient”. Pretty fiery stuff.

The latest segment in the recent saga between the two clubs takes place in the FA Cup final this Saturday. And whilst both sides have struggled in the Premier League this season, the final looks set to be another explosive encounter, as they have seemingly saved their best form for the cup competitions this campaign. Liverpool are looking to record their third win in three appearances at the new Wembley (as well as their second trophy) whilst Chelsea will be looking to build on the form that has seen them reach their second ever Champions League final, after overcoming Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in the semi final. With both sides overcoming local rivals at Wembley in games the prior to the final, their respective fans will be expectant that their team will be picking up a trophy come 8pm BST on Saturday night, in a game which looks exceptionally tricky to call.

Here’s the brief on both teams, including some of the key questions that Roberto Di Matteo and Kenny Dalglish may have to ponder before the teams kick off on Saturday.

Likely line ups:

Liverpool (4-4-2):
Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Carroll, Suarez

Chelsea (4-3-3):
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Drogba

Previous Meetings:

In the two previous meetings between the sides this campaign, the Reds have come out on top. In the Premier League game, we have seen Liverpool snatch a late winner thanks to Glen Johnson, whereas in the Carling Cup quarter final goals from Maxi and Kelly saw Liverpool secure two wins at the Bridge in little under ten days. The second Premier League meeting comes four days after the Cup Final at Anfield on May 8th.

20/11/2011: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (Sturridge 55′ ; Maxi 33′, Johnson 87′)

29/11/2011: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (Maxi 58′, Kelly 63′)

Liverpool are 11-1 to beat Chelsea 2-1 and complete a domestic cup double. Get your free £50 bet on the FA Cup final here.

Path to the FA Cup Final:

Chelsea: Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth, QPR 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham, Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 5-2 Leicester, Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea.

Liverpool: Liverpool 5-1 Oldham, Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United, LIverpool 6-1 Brighton, Liverpool 2-1 Stoke, Liverpool 2-1 Everton

TV coverage:

United States: Coverage begins at 12:15pm ET on FOX Soccer/FOX Deportes (available after 2:30pm ET from FOX Soccer 2Go)

United Kingdom: Coverage begins on ESPN at 8am BST.

Key Battles:

Terry vs Suarez:

The Chelsea skipper will be keen to make amends for his absence in the Champions League Final by leading his team to glory at Wembley. To do so, he will have to halt the mercurial Luis Suarez who comes into the game on the back of a stunning hat-trick against Norwich. The Uruguayan has proven to be unplayable at times this season as his balance, agility and close control will no doubt be a big concern to the Chelsea back four. Terry will have to be at his best to nullify Suarez’s threat, especially if he will have to cope with the physical threat posed by Andy Carroll in tandem with the brilliance of Suarez. If the Liverpool number seven is at his best, it could tip the balance in the favor of the Reds.

Lampard vs Gerrard:

Two legendary midfielders for their teams! Such is the nature of the important goals these two have scored over throughout their careers, you would not bet against either scoring the winner on Saturday. Lampard plays a less dynamic, but as equally significant role for Chelsea these days, having operated in a deeper role for the majority of the season. He does have the insurance of Mikel and Meireles in midfield alongside him however, which allows him to continue making his trademark bursts into the penalty box. Gerrard will have to be at his best in order to control a midfield in which Chelsea’s system may see him outnumbered. He has proved to be Liverpool’s talisman in the FA Cup Final before however, after he lead Liverpool to victory in the 2006 final with two crucial goals. Lampard also has history in the final of the competition, after he netted the winner for Chelsea in 2009. Both have been ‘big game players’ over the years and the performance of each will be tantamount in determining the destination of the FA Cup come Saturday evening.

Steven Gerrard is always a sure bet to score in a big game for Liverpool. Back him at 11/1 to score on Saturday.

Mata vs Johnson:

Johnson has already netted one winner against his former club this season and has offered a quality attacking threat from full-back for the Reds. His defensive capabilities have come under scrutiny however and he will be up against one of the Premier Leagues top performers in Juan Mata. Mata will line up from the left hand side but likes to float between the lines and find space in front of the opposing back four. Johnson will have to decide when to stay tight with Mata and when to let him go in order to keep the Liverpool back four compact. Teams that have fared well against Chelsea this season have negated Mata’s influence, if he see’s little of the ball then Chelsea could struggle to break through a solid Liverpool defense.

Should Torres or Drogba start for Chelsea?:

Di Matteo, in particular has a big decision to make in regards to who he chooses to spearhead the Chelsea attack, as he must decide between Didier Drogba and former-red Fernando Torres. Both have been in excellent form as of late and the decision could prove crucial to Chelsea’s chances. Drogba has an outstanding record for Chelsea in major finals, whereas Torres scored a hattrick in last weekends game against QPR, signaling his intent to secure a final berth. Whichever marksman the Chelsea manager chooses to go with, the Liverpool back line could be in for a difficult afternoon. It maybe the Ivorian’s big game pedigree and ability to hold the ball up that see’s him get the nod, with Torres used as a late impact substitute. A tactic that they may look to use again after it proved to be very effective in the Camp Nou last week.

Prediction:

Such is the erratic form both sides this campaign it is difficult to make a prediction based on how well either team is playing. I think the game has the makings of a tight affair that may open up towards the end of the ninety minutes when the pace of Bellamy and Torres will be introduced. My gut feeling suggests Liverpool may shade this one, with the quality of Suarez proving to be the difference between the sides.

Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

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21 Responses to Liverpool vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Preview and Videos

  1. dust says:

    prediction liverpool 3 chelsea 1

    Liverpool get on the board first with a penalty rashly given away by one of the 3 stooges, Cole, Ivanovic or Terry.
    Chelsea strike back with a Bosingwa goal.
    Liverpool take the lead, Suarez run from the right, belts it under Cech. Terry looks bemused.
    It’s all over now Kuyt makes it three with a header after being subbed on in the last 10.

    This sketchy prediction is brought to you Courtesy of Nostrodustous.

    For those wondering how I do it, I have a copy of the “Sports Almanac 2050″.

    • Paul says:

      You forgot the bit when Terry gets sent off for violent conduct. Doh!

      • dust says:

        Iam honestly astounded that this muppet is still in the England conversation after the adultery(which should be adulterry), an awful world cup where his antics undermined the whole tourney, racial abuse, and kneeing someone in the back to put your team 10 men down and getting banned for the final.

        The video of the abuse is blatant, you see him racially abusing anton as clear as day. as if kneeing someone in the back wasn’t bad enough, he didn’t even own it. He tried to lie about the knee in the back saying it was “momentum” and then I read this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17943802

        How condescending, “Hey Rio forget about the racial abuse towards your brother, get over it”.

  2. Paul says:

    UK coverage is also on ITV1 starting at 3.15pm

  3. scrumper says:

    Liverpool continue to play rubbish with King Kenny at the helm and haven’t got a hope. He’s become the most annoying and delusional manager in the Premier League always blaming someone except himself. If it’s not the officials it’s the players or their boots or kit or the programme or the halftime tea or something.

    Let’s see – after Saturday it’ll be the ultra secret lost legion of Rome sent to destroy him or evil lizard like creatures that have lived under Anfield for thousands of years only to suddenly emerge from suspended animation.

  4. Guy says:

    Nowhere else to put this.

    OK, Gaffer….with me….Let’s go Blues! Let’s go Blues!

    Wait. You’d rather see the Blues get trounced than see another Welsh team in the Premier League?

    Well, there go West Ham up 1-0. :-)

  5. Dan Striker says:

    I reckon this one will go to penalties with plenty of talking points (red cards) beforehand. Looking forward to it!

    http://www.mysoccerspace.com/fa-cup-final-2012-infographic/

  6. Yespage says:

    I wonder whether Andy Carroll will start. They had Gerrard line up behind Suarez last weekend, and that worked out really well.

    Impossible to predict this game. Both teams have been EPL underachievers, but Chelsea is in the Champions League final, and Liverpool is going for a Double. I’d say Liverpool need this much much more than Chelsea, because otherwise, this season has been almost a failure for Liverpool. Chelsea made it to the Champions League final, so they have that to hang their hat on.

    Certainly both teams will want it. Hoping for a great game with the ref not being the difference in the match.

  7. Funsho emmy says:

    Wao here comes another bip game . Chealsea 3-1 liverpool

  8. ronson says:

    Liverpool 3-0 Chelsea, Suarez 9′, 25′, Bellamy 69′

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