Chelsea vs. live stream Liverpool: 2022 FA Cup final predictions, TV channels, how to watch online, timing, odds

The FA Cup final on Saturday will see favorites Liverpool take on Chelsea at the storied Wembley Stadium. This will be the second final the two teams have played this season after fighting in the EFL Cup Final in February. This is also their fourth meeting overall. No goals were scored in that EFL Cup final, but Liverpool needed 11 converted penalties to get past the Blues, 11-10. This time, Liverpool’s expectation is to be on top again while the Blues try to add this hardware along with the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in a season marked by a change of ownership. In their three meetings this season, two of them in the Premier League, neither team has been able to win by regulation.

Here’s our storyline, how you can watch the game and more:

How to watch and odds

Date: Saturday, May 14 | Time: 12:30 PM ET
Location: Wembley Stadium — London, United Kingdom
TELEVISION: None | Live broadcast: ESPN+
Possibility: Chelsea +255; Image +255; Liverpool +105 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Team news

Chelsea: N’Golo Kante is back in training for the Blues, and it comes at the right time given his injury problems in defence. Jorginho has only just returned, but Mateo Kovacic’s status is unclear after being challenged by Dan James over the weekend. Otherwise, Thomas Tuchel has the gist available for this match.

Tuchel said on Friday that Kovacic’s injury was nothing new, but rather painful torn ligaments that were already there.

“It was quite surprising to be in a situation where we could try, and Mateo wanted to try it. And the medical department gave the green light to try it,” Tuchel said ahead of the game. “The advantage is that the ligaments are already torn from the last incident [in the FA Cup semifinal], so no new wounds, just severe pain. His ankle was badly swollen. We hope that there may be enough time for him to make it.”

Liverpool: Liverpool’s only real injury concern lies with Fabinho, who was sent off against Aston Villa in midweek. The Brazilian has a thigh problem and it looks like he won’t be playing in this match. Manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that Fabinho would be back for the Champions League final on May 28 against Real Madrid on CBS and Paramount+. Klopp’s problem is dealing with the demand and obligation to rotate players with a busy fixture schedule with a team still chasing three more trophies.

“When you’re chasing three or four trophies, it’s clear you either get it or you don’t. It’s been a busy season, but it will never happen that the FA Cup is just an ordinary game. This is a special match and, for some, the biggest of their career. We want to enjoy it and give it to our people,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

But he sees the EFL Cup final victory over the Blues as a win. He wants his team to be hungry and show on Saturday what they didn’t do in that game.

“We didn’t ‘beat’ Chelsea. We won on penalties,” Klopp said. “I’ve said a few times without luck you don’t stand a chance, and luck was on our side that day. We know how good Chelsea are. Both teams will go after him.”

Forecast

Mohamed Salah punished his old team, scored twice and led the Reds to the title. Choose: Liverpool 2, Chelsea 1

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