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

Chelsea and Liverpool contest the 2012 FA Cup final at Wembley this Saturday. Here is a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score for the game

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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.

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.

50 Comments

50 Comments

  1. Ramires luqman

    May 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Chelsea we beat Liverpool 2 – 1 to nothing.

  2. Quainoo

    May 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Chelsea will lose to liverpool. But i think kuyt shd play instead of carrol.

  3. Usman Tunde

    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    chelsea wil win the match 2-1 score line

  4. Darryl

    May 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Kuyt in. Spearing out. Liverpool 1-0 over chelski

  5. victor

    May 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    chelsea wil beat livepool 3-1

  6. zaks

    May 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    liverpool will win 2 – 0 suarez will score the two goal

  7. Pastore Hezekiah

    May 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    CHELSEA 2 vs Liverpul 0

  8. Dauda saeed

    May 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Chelsea wil beat liverpool by 2goals to nothing.

  9. Pastore Hezekiah

    May 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Chelsea 2 vs Livepul 0

  10. henderson

    May 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    livapool wil beat chelsea 2-0

  11. bora

    May 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    chelsea 0 vs liverpool 2

  12. mozo

    May 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Liverpool 4-1Chelsea

    • Rajiv

      May 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Hahaha! Liverfool winning 4-1? What are u high on? Seriously?

  13. Aikandy

    May 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Chelsea 3 Vs Liverpool 1

  14. archangel

    May 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    d 2 teams r gud, bt i wnt chelsea 2 win nd by God’s grace d blues wil lift d truphy. Chelsea 2 vs liverpool 1. Up chelsea! 4 entanity

  15. Kayode katola

    May 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Chelsea 2 liverpool 1,up chelsea

  16. Bryt iandi

    May 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Liverpool will win 2-1

  17. Kelly

    May 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    It will be for sure that chelsea will win by 2- 1 tomoroW.

  18. tobias

    May 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    God almighty have signed it, Chelsea must win liverpool with 2-1

  19. tobias

    May 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    God almighty have signed it, Chelsea will win liverpool with 2-1

  20. Chizoba

    May 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Up chelsea we go beat liverpool by 3~1

  21. kentexcy

    May 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    CHELSEA 2. LIVERPOOL 1. UP CHELSEA BLUES 4EVER!!!

  22. Abdul noor

    May 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Ithing liverpool will win 2.1 sueres and s.gerrad will score

  23. Chizoba

    May 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    D cup is for chelsea 3~1

  24. Clintonio

    May 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Red day at Wembley! Liverpool 2 Chelski 1!

  25. Yommi

    May 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Chelsea…..3-1 liverpool…..by GOD grace…blues shall lift the trophy…up blues

  26. Steve

    May 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Iverpool win 3-1

  27. mwmerlin7

    May 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Are u crazy I go 4 a liverpool win cup kings 4 life Y N W A

  28. chuks

    May 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    i blive liverpool ar d underdogs here. But if dey play dere cards wel dey wil win. Am cin a hard game .

  29. Jon

    May 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Likely line Up: Cech, Ferriera, Ivan, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lamps, Mata, Rammy, Kalou, Drog.
    Subs: Turnbull, Hutchinson, Bosingwa, Malouda, Meireles, Sturridge, Torres.
    Final Score: Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1.
    Mata and Drogba to score. Long live Chelsea Fc

  30. AHMED ADEOLA

    May 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Am a true chelsea fans and i want 2 join d team,but 2moro chelsea is winnin liverpop 4 goals torres and drogba scoring one each.chelsea til dealth

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