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Liverpool vs. Chelsea July 23 Preview: How to watch, team news, odds, prediction

11:37 | 21/07/2020

Liverpool will finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy for the very first time on Wednesday night when they welcome Champions League-chasing Chelsea to Anfield in their final home game of an unforgettable season.

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Match preview

Since then there has undoubtedly been a drop-off from Liverpool, which in the grand scheme of things will be forgotten about relatively quickly but will still irk both manager Jurgen Klopp and his players, according to Sports Mole. 

The Merseysiders had a glorious chance to record the best single-season in English top-flight history having dropped only two points from their opening 27 games, but since then they have won four, drawn two and lost three.

In all competitions, Liverpool has now lost more games (six) than they have won (five) over their last 13 outings, the most recent defeat coming at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates courtesy of uncharacteristically sloppy errors from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

That result ended any hope Liverpool had of breaking the all-time points record, with 99 now the limit heading into their final two games of the campaign, but there are still a few landmarks up for grabs.

Liverpool had been on course to record the first-ever perfect home campaign until a 1-1 draw with Burnley in their last such outing - a result which ended an unprecedented run of 24 consecutive league wins at Anfield.

The 58-game unbeaten home run, during which they have now scored 150 goals, continues, but unless the champions can improve on their recent form it could be under threat from a Chelsea team with much more to play for on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard's side remains in pole position to claim one of the two remaining top-four spots, but there is little margin for error heading into a difficult season-ending double-header away to Liverpool and at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Chelsea could even be knocked down to fourth place by the time this match kicks off with Manchester United hosting West Ham United in the earlier kickoff on Wednesday evening, although regardless of what happens there, Chelsea's fate remains in their own hands.

Indeed, Leicester City's defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday means that Lampard's side needs just one win from those final two games to guarantee a top-four finish.

That alone would constitute a successful first season in charge for Chelsea's club-record goalscorer, who had to contend with a transfer ban and a 4-0 defeat in his first match at the helm when initially taking over a year ago.

It could get even better than Champions League qualification, though, with victory over United in their FA Cup semi-final on Sunday sending them through to the final for the 14th time and leaving Lampard just 90 minutes away from marking his debut season with a major trophy.

The match starts at 05:15 on 23 July 2020. 

Team News

James Milner is expected to be back in contention for Liverpool in this match after nursing a hamstring injury in recent weeks.

Henderson and Joel Matip are still sidelined, although the former will still lift the trophy despite taking no part in this match.

Klopp named arguably his strongest possible XI against Arsenal last time out and may do the same again here, although Naby Keita is among those pushing for a recall.

Chelsea are still expected to be without N'Golo Kante due to a hamstring injury, while Billy Gilmour remains sidelined by a knee problem.

Lampard named a strong team for the FA Cup win at the weekend, and Kepa Arrizabalaga may be one of the only regular first-teamers to return as a result.

However, the most expensive keeper of all time has now shipped 42 goals in the Premier League this season - the only Chelsea keeper to concede more in a single campaign is Dmitri Kharine in 1993-94 (48).

Olivier Giroud will certainly be expecting to lead the line once more, having netted on Sunday and also scored in his last three Premier League starts.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic

Head To Head

This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides this season, with Liverpool having beaten Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final and at Stamford Bridge in the league, but Chelsea having knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in March.

Liverpool have not done the Premier League double over Chelsea since 2011-12 but have also not lost a league game to the Blues at Anfield since 2014.

In all, these two sides have faced off 185 times before, with Liverpool leading the overall head-to-head record 80 wins to 64.

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Goal-scorers Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount celebrate with their team-mates after Chelsea's second

(Photo: The FA) 

Chelsea see off Manchester United to set up all-London final in FA Cup

Manchester United are out of the FA Cup after Chelsea recorded a 3-1 win in the Wembley semi-final.

An empty Wembley played host to United and Chelsea, with Solskjaer gunning for a fourth victory over opposite number Frank Lampard this season, but one they did not get.

An empty Wembley played host to United and Chelsea, with Solskjaer gunning for a fourth victory over opposite number Frank Lampard this season, but one they did not get.

An empty Wembley played host to United and Chelsea, with Solskjaer gunning for a fourth victory over opposite number Frank Lampard this season, but one they did not get.

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Aloson watches his header fly over Manchester United goal (Photo: The FA) 

But Bailly went off with a serious knock to the head in the first half, as Olivier Giroud's goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead deep into added time at the end of the first 45 minutes. Anthony Martial was introduced from the bench.

Chelsea then led 3-0 after a strike from Mason Mount and a Harry Maguire own-goal, before Bruno Fernandes pulled one back late on from the penalty spot, Machester Evening News reported.

According to The FA, the result means Chelsea will return to Wembley to face Arsenal in the Final, which is being played in support of the Heads Up campaign, on Saturday 1 August. The two sides have met in the FA Cup Final just twice before, in 2002 and 2017, with the Gunners winning both.

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Manchester United won the trophy in 2019 FA Cup (Photo: Mancity.com) 

What time is the FA Cup final?

The FA Cup final will kick off at an unconfirmed time on Saturday 1st August 2020, according to Radio Times.

Last season’s final got underway at 5:00pm and a similar time can be expected for the next showpiece game.

Where is the FA Cup final?

The FA Cup final will take place at Wembley, London behind closed doors in front of a minimal crowd made up of teams and officials.

It won’t be the same as a 90,000-strong packed-out Wembley, but you can expect the FA to still put on a spectacle for the millions tuning in at home.

How to watch the FA Cup final on TV and live stream

The FA Cup final will be broadcast live on BBC, as it has been since the 1937 clash between Sunderland and Preston North End.

Fans can tune into BBC One or watch via BBC iPlayer to soak up the action.

Alternatively, you can also catch the FA Cup final on BT Sport.

Who won the 2019 FA Cup Final?

Manchester City triumphed in last season’s final with a resounding 6-0 win over Watford.

It was the highest FA Cup final victory since Bury beat Derby by the same scoreline in 1903.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored two each, while David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne also got onto the scoresheet.

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