Carabao Cup final, the first major domestic cup trophy deciding match will be under way this weekend on 27th February. The historic Wembley stadium will host the match between two English giants: Chelsea and Liverpool.
Chelsea have been in a terrific form since drawing Brighton on January 18, in the Premier League. The current FIFA Club World Cup winner also has an inspiring record of earning a trophy in the recent past by beating both Al Hilal and Palmeiras. Now they will be against Liverpool, who have also been in superb form during the 2021-22 campaign so far. They are yet to lose a match in this year in all competitions.
Match Between: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Match Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Kick-off Date: 27 February 2022
Kick-off Day: Sunday
Kick-off Time: 4:30 PM GMT
Here, we will provide you an update on the Head 2 Head, match prediction, possible lineup, latest injury report, and live streaming details of the match.
The two English heavyweights have met 190 times across all competitions. Chelsea won 65 of those, whereas Liverpool were the winner in 82 matches. However, in the recent years, Chelsea came out on top 10 of the last 32 meetings, while Liverpool were victorious in 11 other games. In the 2021-22 season, these two teams faced twice and both matches ended in a draw.
Last month, the current UCL winner, Chelsea drew 2-2 against the Reds, where Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah netted goals for the Reds, while Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic scored for the Blues.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Lineup
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is struggling to put his best starting XI due to multiple injuries. Despite that, his team has already won two trophies in the current season. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have more freedom to choose his lineup though with the available players with better fitness at present.
Tuchel is always a big fan of going with three defenders. So he would like to try 3-4-2-1 formation in the Carabao Cup final as well. But he would be thinking whether to start with Romelo Lukaku in the front since the Belgian has been out of form for a while. Our predicted Chelsea lineup is following:
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defenders: Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger
Midfielders: Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso
Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
Jurgen Klopp might be ready for this big match with his favorite 4-3-3 formation. In the absence of his main strikers Firmino or Jota, Mane might get the chance to play as the striker. Our predicted Liverpool Lineup is following:
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders: Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones
Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz
Chelsea has been in excellent form during the last one month. Despite trailing by 13 points from the EPL top spot, they have been consistent and winning trophies. Tuchel’s team currently ranks 3rd in the EPL points table, having gone undefeated in last seven games across all competitions.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is ten points above Chelsea at the second position with nine straight wins in last one and half months.
Mohamed Salah is already the leading scorer of Premier League with 19 goals, despite not participating in a few league matches for AFCON. Their attacking power is also boosted by the arrival of Luiz Diaz, the exclusive Winter signing of Klopp. The Portuguese has been excellent in the ongoing season for his former team Porto. And, the Reds didn’t hesitate to spend £37.5m + £12.5m in potential add-ons for him.
When you compare the squad of the two teams, you can hardly differentiate between them. Both teams have two tactical geniuses in the dugout. Tuchel has already won three finals for Chelsea. Klopp, on the other hand, has made a revolution in the Reds camp. So it is surely gonna be a nail-biting clash between these two English teams.
However, the much fitter Liverpool squad with their attackers in outstanding form might give the Reds a bit edge in the battle. In our prediction, Liverpool will win the match by a 2-1 margin.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Injury Update
The first part of the 2021-22 season is already over. And, many players have so far missed crucial fixtures in both teams. On top of that, FA allows only three substitutes to use in Premier League matches whereas other league committees over the world gives the option to use five players from the bench. As a result, the injury of many vital players become a matter of concern for the players in the EPL.
Chelsea have had a lot of injuries throughout the season so far. Their first-choice left back Ben Chilwell is already out for the season due to knee injury. Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi are also doubtful for the game for knock, including Mateo Kovacic. However, both Ziyech and Kovacic trained and completed session, as Tuchel said in the press conference. The good news for the Blues is Reece James is back to training after being sidelined since December, 2021.
Jurgen Klopp has much less to worry than Thomas Tuchel in terms of injuries of the players. Most of his players are in sublime form, especially the attackers. Both Salah and Mane have returned from the AFCON but still look energetic to perform on the field.
However, Diego Jota is still in doubt for the game for his ankle injury which might sideline him. He might be in the bench but it will be challenging for him to start, said Liverpool’s assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders on Friday. Roberto Firmino, on the other hand, is totally ruled out due to groin injury.
Jurgen Klopp expressed his desire earlier after the Leeds United clash that his team is looking forward to win the glory of Carabao Cup. The Reds are in rhythm and Klopp would like to gift this triumph to their fans. It’s fortunate for Klopp that he is getting all the first-team defenders and midfielders fit to play the final.
The Chelsea vs Liverpool match will begin on February 5, 2022, at 4:30 PM GMT for the viewers in the United Kingdom. Hence, the American viewers are getting the opportunity to enjoy the match at 11:30 p.m. EST on the same day, while Indian fans will be able to watch it at 10:00 p.m. IST.
Football fans all over the world are being fascinated to witness the match between Chelsea vs Liverpool. It is a domestic Cup Final and so everyone will be eager to watch the match on TV.
Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event will broadcast it. The former begins its build-up at 15.30, while the Main Event begins half an hour later.
The English game between Chelsea and Liverpool in the final of the Carabao Cup in 2021-22 will be live streamed on ESPN+, Sirius XM FC in the United States, and exclusively on DAZN in Canada. And, by spending £11.98, you can get a Now TV daily sport pass to live stream the match.