“They are going through a bit of a patch”

BBC Sports pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool will beat Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Premier League giants will compete in the 141st final in what is also a rematch of this year’s Carabao Cup final.

The Red Devils equalized with the score 11-10 on the penalty spot after both teams failed to break the deadlock.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are now aiming for a second trophy of the season, while their west London rivals are looking for revenge.

Lawrenson feels Chelsea are not at their best at the moment and therefore Liverpool have a better chance of winning. In his column for BBC Sports, he wrote:

“Usually with cup finals I think they’ll be really tight with extra time and maybe even penalty shootouts – as we saw when these two teams met at Wembley in the final. Carabao Cup in February. However, this time around, I think Liverpool will win quite comfortably, and in normal times, just because Chelsea are not at their best right now.”

Liverpool entered the match with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, while Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-0 at Elland Road.

But Lawrenson was yet to convince the Blues as the Peacocks played most of the time with 10 men after Daniel James was sent off early in the first half.

He further wrote:

“I know Chelsea beat Leeds easily enough on Wednesday but I don’t see that when they return to form. That’s because Leeds had a player sent off.”

He added:

“I was at Villa Park on Tuesday to watch Liverpool. They had some good moments, and some mediocre play but they still won. They are going through a bit of a patch when they are not in form. top, but they’ve still picked up four points from their past two games – their record this year is still amazing.”

Both teams may be without their key midfielders for the clash, with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic (still uncertain) and Reds midfielder Fabinho both injured in the aforementioned matches.

However, Chelsea’s strong attack later on may still be too much for Chelsea, Lawrenson feels.

“So Liverpool are the favorites for me. They won’t have Fabinho injured, it’s a shock, but Jordan Henderson will only get there. Up front they can go with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz. It’s a forward line to get to the cup final, because I don’t see Chelsea knocking them out.”

The 64-year-old predicts a 2-0 win for the Reds.


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Emma Bowman

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