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Chelsea and Liverpool renew their rivalry at Wembley on Saturday as the two Premier League heavyweights contest the FA Cup final.
These two sides have met three times this season and both Premier League meetings have ended in draws, while Liverpool won the EFL Cup final 11-10 on penalties as they couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes.
Using a few selections from our Match Prediction, I’ve put together an Ultimate Bet Builder ahead of their fourth and final meeting of the season and these five selections combine for one huge 101/1 bet.
Chelsea vs Liverpool FA Cup Final Ultimate Bet Builder Tip
Both teams to score
Both teams scored in both Premier League meetings between these two teams, a 1-1 draw on Merseyside and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. The EFL Cup final meeting may have ended goalless both both teams created plenty of chances, as Liverpool managed 19 attempts with six on target in normal time, Chelsea had 10 with four on target. The Reds have scored in each of their last 15 games, while the Stamford Bridge side Chelsea have only failed to score in one of their last 17.
Mohamed Salah to score anytime
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has gone six games without a goal but he does tend to raise his game against former employers Chelsea. The Egyptian scored in both league games against his former club, and is likely to be on spot kick duties at Wembley.
Sadio Mane to have two or more shots on target
Sadio Mane is the form player in the Liverpool attack with six goals in his last eight games and he has been particularly deadly in cup competitions – scoring twice in the semi-final win over Manchester City in this competition and grabbing a goal in each leg of the Champions League win over Villarreal. Mane averages 1.1 shots on target per-game in the league, and can test the keeper at least twice on Saturday.
Virgil van Dijk to have one or more shots on target
Virgil van Dijk doesn’t have too many goals to his name this season but he has been getting his shots away. The Dutchman has managed at least one shot in each of his last four Premier League appearances – taking six in total – and he also had three shots in the EFL Cup final against Chelsea, and he can manage at least one on target in the FA Cup final.
Jorginho to be shown a card
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has four bookings in 28 appearances this season in the Premier League and has one yellow card in three FA Cup outings. Jorginho has been missing with an injury recently as he sat out the draw with Wolves and could be in for a tough afternoon on Saturday against this slick Liverpool outfit, particularly with N’Golo Kante and Matteo Kovacic likely to sit out – leaving him with a greater defensive responsibility. The Italian is averaging 1.0 fouls-per-game in the Premier League and at a big price looks a contender for a card.
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