Chelsea vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 4, 2012

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Chelsea and Liverpool contest the 2012 FA Cup final at Wembley this Saturday evening.

Liverpool are going for a domestic cup double having already secured the Carling Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff in February. Despite their cup success this year, Kenny Dalglish’s men are well off the pace in the league and currently sit 16 points adrift of the top four.

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This failure to challenge for Champions League football next season has led to some supporters questioning King Kenny’s suitability at the helm, but a cup double would go a long way to appeasing those unhappy fans.

Chelsea also have the chance to secure a famous cup double, with a Champions League final against Bayern Munich still to come for Roberto Di Matteo’s men.

The Blues hopes of qualifying for Europe’s premier cup competition via the league looked numbered after a 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Wednesday, so RDM must now win the competition outright in order to book their place in the Champions League next season.

Team News

Kenny Dalglish is expected to recall a number of first team players after making nine changes for the midweek defeat to Fulham. Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina, Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, and Daniel Agger should all return to the starting line-up.

Andy Carroll played the full 90 minutes in midweek and Dalglish will have to decide whether to start the Geordie alongside Suarez in a two-man attack, or play the Uruguayan as a lone striker.

Roberto Di Matteo will almost certainly start John Terry, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic as the quartet will be suspended for the Champions League final.

Gary Cahill and David Luiz haven’t trained ahead of the game, and the Italian will not rush them back for Saturday as the pair will be required for the Bayern Munich game, so they won’t be risked.

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was back amongst the goals during last weeks 6-1 win over QPR, with the Spaniard hitting a hat trick. However, despite his goals it’s expected that Didier Drogba will start on Saturday due to his impressive record of scoring seven goals in seven games at Wembley.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

I think we can expect a tense affair at Wembley on Saturday and these games as usually decided by the smallest of margins. We can see this one going all the way to penalties, where is basically becomes a coin flip, but we’re going with the Blues to knick it. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool. (Chelsea to win on penalties)

What are your thought on the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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50 Comments

  1. Sesan sanni

    May 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I pray chelsea win liverpool

    • samuel

      May 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      By God grace Chelsea will win Liverpool in Jesus name,,,,Amen

  2. chuks

    May 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    we wil never wall alone.

  3. VictorOwoeye

    May 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I pray to Almighty God to favour liverpool YNWA

  4. I pary dat lverpool will win in JESUS NAME {Amen!!!}

    May 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I pray dat liverpool go win in JESUS NAME {Amen!!!}

  5. mcnume

    May 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    it’s CHELSEA’S day, surely 2-1 win by chelsea will do

  6. Aiku oluwasola

    May 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I ray dat God will use fa cup 2 crown cfc effort.

  7. Onyema chima

    May 5, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I pray cfc wl win lvpool 2de,amen.

  8. akowonjo alabi rasheed

    May 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Nothing 4 chelsea. Today

  9. Kingdom Michael

    May 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I tink God has already prepared this day 4 chelsea…A 3-1 win will do 4 d blues..

  10. adeshina olutola

    May 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I pray that Lfc will win Cfc,I don’t know how God is going to do it but I believe and trusth God that Lfc will lift FA Cup today in Jesus Name(Amen)we shall never walk alone.

  11. Bologo

    May 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    May the God of soccer be with chelsea so as the will win liverpool at wembley’s FA cup Final.1-0

  12. omidiji abass

    May 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Liverpool wil win by 2 goals to 1 by the special grace of God

    • wishdonna

      May 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      ok make we nor judge scores any body way won we make he win ohh

  13. omidiji abass

    May 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Liverpool will win by the grace of God,liverpool 2 – chelsea 1

  14. scott

    May 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    2-1 to liverpool and no more god will decide it, its a bad omen ynwa

  15. B-thezi

    May 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Chelsea wil win 2day!

  16. Akanbi abiola

    May 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Today is chelsea day, i no dat chelsea wil beat liverpool today in jesus name 4-1

  17. Lewis Taylor

    May 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Just got myself set up on twitter, ready to update Chelsea Fc football-talk articles. Would live it if I could get some followers to get me going thanks
    @ChelseafcLewis

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