Chelsea and Liverpool will clash in the FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend.
There’s set to be a new name on the famous trophy this season after holders Leicester were eliminated by Nottingham Forest in the fourth round.
Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Liverpool have navigated the historic tournament to reach the showpiece match this Saturday.
Chelsea, beaten finalists last season, saw off Crystal Palace to book their place in another final.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, who have never won the cup under Jurgen Klopp, edged past rivals Manchester City to secure a crack at glory.
The two sides will now head to Wembley as they look to claim the prestigious cup.
FA Cup final: Date and time
The FA Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium and will take place on Saturday, May 14.
The game will kick-off at 4:45pm.
The teams can name nine substitutes with a maximum of five being used in normal time and a sixth should the match go to extra-time.
The referee at Wembley will be Craig Pawson with Paul Tierney overseeing the VAR.
Chelsea will be donning their all-yellow away strip with Liverpool in their traditional red.
FA Cup final: How to follow
talkSPORT will have full commentary of the final with extended coverage throughout the day.
We’ll be at Wembley BoxPark to start our pre-match show at 1pm.
Adrian Durham will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend.
The match will also be on free-to-air TV with both the BBC and ITV showing it.
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FA Cup final: Routes
Chelsea’s route to the final
- 3rd Chesterfield (H) 5–1
- 4th Plymouth Argyle (H) 2–1
- 5th Luton Town (A) 3–2
- QF Middlesbrough (A) 2–0
- SF Crystal Palace (N) 2-0
Liverpool’s route to the final
- 3rd Shrewsbury Town (H) 4–1
- 4th Cardiff City (H) 3–1
- 5th Norwich City (H) 2–1
- QF Nottingham Forest (A) 1–0
- SF Manchester City (N) 3–2
FA Cup final: Team news
Mateo Kovacic suffered a nasty challenge from Dan James in Chelsea’s win over Leeds on Wednesday and is a major doubt.
Following the victory, Tuchel said on Kovacic: “It looks swollen and painful. It’s the same ankle he had injured already, it doesn’t look good.”
The Sun have reported that the Croatian is winning his race to be fit for the final but it remains to be seen if he can recover enough in time.
Jorginho has been struggling in recent weeks but did play the full game at Elland Road so should be fine for the final.
N’Golo Kante has also had injury issues recently but is set to return to their matchday squad for the trip to Wembley.
Chelsea will definitely be without Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Liverpool lost Fabinho to a hamstring injury in the first half of their win over Aston Villa on Tuesday night and the midfielder will miss the cup final.
Offering an update on the Brazilian, Klopp said: “There’s a good chance that he will be back whenever – not for the weekend but whenever.”
Roberto Firmino should be part of the Reds’ squad again having returned from a foot problem.
Klopp has no further issues to contend with.
FA Cup final: What has been said?
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “We lost of course a final [Carabao Cup earlier this season] against them when we gave everything and it went until the very last penalty. We were unlucky and we want to turn things around.
“We were here last season in the FA Cup final and we will be here again. That means an unbelievable lot to us because it’s the FA Cup, it’s prestigious, the most traditional cup in the world and played at Wembley, so there are not a lot of bigger games to be part of.
“We will be well prepared because we play against one of the strongest teams in the world that have outstanding form. So it will be a tough one and we will try to make life hard for them.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “Absolutely proud. It was incredible, I think the first half [against City] was one of the best we’ve ever played.
“I respect the quality of City so much. It is so difficult to win against them but because it’s these boys, my dressing room, we have a chance, and that’s enough to give it a try.”
FA Cup final: Match facts
- Liverpool have lifted the trophy in exactly 50% of their 14 previous FA Cup final appearances (7), the joint-third lowest success ratio of the nine sides to have reached the final at least 10 times, ahead of only Everton (5/13 – 38%) and Newcastle (6/13 – 46%).
- Chelsea are the first side to qualify for three consecutive FA Cup finals since Arsenal between 2000-01 and 2002-03. However, after losing in both 2019-20 (v Arsenal) and 2020-21 (v Leicester), they are looking to avoid becoming the first side since Newcastle in 1998-99 to lose three final appearances in a row in the competition (also losing in 1973-74 & 1997-98).
- Liverpool and Chelsea have met once before in the FA Cup final, doing so in 2012 which the Blues won 2-1 thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba. This will be the Blues’ 16th appearance in the competition’s final compared to the Reds’ 15th, the third and fourth most occasions of all sides behind Manchester United (20) and Arsenal (21).
- This will be the fourth meeting of the season between Liverpool and Chelsea, with the other three matches all ending level, despite the Reds lifting the League Cup trophy via penalties in February. The last fixture between two English top-flight sides to see more draws in the same campaign was Arsenal v Chelsea in 2017-18 (4).
- With this match a repeat of the 2021-22 League Cup final, Liverpool will look to win both of England’s domestic cup competitions in the same season for the first time since 2000-01, whilst the last team to lose both the League and FA Cup final in the same campaign were Middlesbrough in 1996-97.
- For only the second time, the same two sides (Chelsea and Liverpool) will contest both the League Cup and FA Cup final in the same campaign. The previous occasion was 1992-93, when Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.
- Since his first season within the Chelsea first team ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, no player has made more club appearances at Wembley Stadium than Mason Mount (6), who has now scored twice there – in the semi-final v Crystal Palace last month and vs Man Utd in July 2020 in another FA Cup semi-final. However, Mount is yet to get his hands on a trophy following a Wembley final, losing the 2020 and 2021 FA Cup finals, and the 2022 League Cup final.
- No player has had a direct hand in more FA Cup goals this season than Chelsea’s Timo Werner (2 goals, 3 assists), which is also the outright most of any player for the two sides in the final. The last players to contribute directly to more Chelsea goals in the same campaign in the competition were both Pedro (6) and Willian (7) in 2016-17, though they did end up on the losing side to Arsenal in the final at Wembley that season.
- Sadio Mané has scored six goals against Chelsea since moving to Liverpool in 2016-17, with no other player netting more often vs the Blues in this time. Following the Senegalese’s brace in the semi-final v Man City, he is looking to become the first Liverpool player to score in consecutive Wembley appearances (when used as a neutral venue) since Phillipe Coutinho in April 2015 & February 2016.
- The 2021-22 FA Cup final will be the 19th managerial meeting in all competitions between Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, meaning Klopp will have faced only Dieter Hecking (21) and Pep Guardiola (24) more often as a manager. In the two knockout ties between the men, Klopp has defeated Tuchel on both occasions – the 2015-16 Europa League quarter-final and the 2021-22 League Cup final.
- Jürgen Klopp is set to become just the second Liverpool manager to take charge of the club in the final of four major domestic/European competitions (League Cup, Europa League, Champions League and FA Cup), after Bob Paisley (League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, European Cup).
- Having been in charge of Chelsea for just one year and 108 days (on the day of this game), Thomas Tuchel is set to take charge of his fourth major domestic/European final at the club (2x FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League), with no manager taking charge of more in the club’s history (José Mourinho also 4).
- In Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, the FA Cup final will see two German managers go head-to-head for the very first time, with the one emerging victorious the first German boss to get their hands on the trophy.
- This match will be both Chelsea and Liverpool’s 41st match at Wembley Stadium as a neutral venue, leaving just Arsenal (42) and Manchester United (52) with more such appearances there. The Blues (55%) are one of just two sides to have played there as neutrals more than 10 times with a winning ratio of more than 50% (22/40), alongside Nottingham Forest (7/11 – 64%).
- The last two winners of the FA Cup, Arsenal (2019-20) and Leicester (2020-21) have ended up finishing lower than their opponents (Chelsea) in both seasons. The lower ranked team at the end of the season hasn’t won the FA Cup in three consecutive years since 1976 to 1978 – Southampton (vs Man Utd), Manchester United (vs Liverpool) and Ipswich Town (vs Arsenal).
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