“Crazy!” Paul Merson boldly predicts the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool

For the second time this season, Liverpool and Chelsea are preparing to turn around at Wembley, with the FA Cup this time around. Earlier this year, the two teams took part in the Carabao Cup final which was eventually decided on penalties, in which Liverpool beat the Blues to take the trophy.

120 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to separate the two teams on that February evening, and I felt like this match could be a header or tailgating soccer match as well. Liverpool and Manchester City are widely hailed as two of the greatest teams in Premier League history for their exploits in the past three to four years, but Chelsea have fallen out of favor with the two teams this season.

For three-quarters of the game in their first Premier League meeting with Liverpool this season, Chelsea played with ten men but ended up getting a point, while coming back from two goals down at Stamford Bridge to level with a 2-2 draw in January. . In my opinion, they should have won the Carabao Cup, but it wasn’t like that.

In recent weeks, both teams have looked a little tired and open at the back. Liverpool have beaten both Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League and Aston Villa in the Premier League in the last 10 days or so, but they have opened up in defense a few times and have been slow to respond to danger.

As for Chelsea, they left a two-goal lead at Wolverhampton and looked far behind in the second half, a clear indication that fatigue was starting to creep in.

The injuries to Fabinho and Mateo Kovacic will obviously be heavy blows to their teams, but if the reports are to be believed, the Chelsea midfielder could be available for the FA Cup final if he recovers quickly. However, Fabinho has been officially left out and Liverpool usually lack discipline when he does not play, as he brings it all together.

Thomas Tuchel’s biggest fear, in my opinion, is the fact that he has yet to discover his best front three – it’s crazy! It’s May, a few days left until the cup final, they still don’t know who’s going to play. I think Kai Havertz and Mason Mount will definitely start, but who will join them in the attack? Timo Werner can cause a lot of problems with his speed and directness, while Romelu Lukaku is back in between goals in recent weeks and looks like a different player now. With the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech also in the mix, Tuchel has plenty of options, but which one will get the nod?

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