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EFL Cup Final: Chelsea v Liverpool

where to watch

Sky Sports main event and football, Sunday at 4.30pm

90 minute odds

liverpool 11-8, chelsea 23-10, To design 23-10

Form

Both teams come into this match in great shape. Chelsea have lost just one of their last 17 games while Liverpool have been defeated once in their last 23 games.

Liverpool have been on a title run again this season, three points behind Manchester City. Chelsea are ten points behind the Reds with one game less.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their last nine in all competitions, including a 2-0 win away to Inter and a 6-0 win at home to Leeds. Wednesday’s demolition of Marcelo Bielsa’s side took Liverpool to 70 Premier League goals from 26 games, more than Leicester scored in their title-winning season.

The pair have already played twice this season – a 1-1 draw at Anfield where Chelsea were down to ten men for much of the game, and a 2-2 end-to-end stalemate at Stamford Bridge which was one games of the season.

Team News

chelsea
Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic will undergo fitness tests after coming out against Lille with knocks. Callum Hudson-Odoi is doubtful while Ben Chilwell and Reece James are still out long term.

liverpool
Roberto Firmino is out while Diogo Jota could feature well after recovering from an ankle problem.

The tactical battle

Liverpool are unlikely to deviate from the 4-3-3 system that has served them so well under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds will look to use runs from Mo Salah to target the space behind Marcos Alonso, who is likely to be Chelsea’s weak link defensively. The Egyptian scored the second goal against the Blues in January this way. Keep an eye out for a long diagonal pass from Virgil Van Dijk to Salah, a preferred and direct route that Klopp’s side often take.

With both first-choice wingers missing, Chelsea have moved to a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 in recent weeks, a far cry from their traditional 3-4-3.

However, Tuchel has opted to play three at the back both times he has faced Liverpool this season and could return to his usual formation. All eyes will be on Romelu Lukaku’s departure after being dropped for their midweek clash with Lille.

Verdict

Chelsea have proven very difficult to beat in major cup games, while Liverpool could hardly be in better form. Both games the pair have played this season have been exciting encounters and it just might be the same here.

However, Liverpool’s attacking stars might just prove the difference against a Chelsea side that might lack the cutting edge that Romelu Lukaku was supposed to provide. It will certainly be a close affair, but the Reds can prevail.

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Key statistics

  • Liverpool have lost just two of the last ten meetings between these two in all competitions
  • In Thomas Tuchel’s 26 Cup games in charge, Chelsea have a record of 18 wins, five draws and three losses.
  • The two managers have met 17 times in their careers, with Klopp winning nine, Tuchel three and stalemates five.

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