By News Team
3rd March 2020
The last time Chelsea and Liverpool met in the FA Cup was back in the 2012 final at Wembley, in which the Blues came out victorious – but can the Reds get revenge after an eight-year wait?
We preview the key bets ahead of the two sides meeting in the fifth round on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea to continue their FA Cup form?
With a goalkeeping dilemma and an injury crisis, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side are seriously struggling to find consistency in 2020, with the club only managing to pick up four wins in ten games. Two of those wins have come in the FA Cup against Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Hull.
Chelsea have won five of their previous seven FA Cup encounters with Liverpool, but in all competitions the Blues have only managed to win just one of their past six home games against the Reds, with the latest meeting finishing 2-1 to the Merseyside club in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
However, a further positive for Chelsea is that they have only been beaten once in their previous 12 FA Cup matches at home, winning 10 of those, while they have managed to keep five clean sheets in their previous six FA Cup ties at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who won the FA Cup in 2018, clearly have a strong record in the competition and are 6/4 to back that up with victory against Liverpool on Tuesday. But if you’re looking for more value, and think Chelsea will fail to keep a clean sheet against the runaway Premier League leaders, you can get the Blues to win and both teams to score at 16/5.
Liverpool’s golden youth to conquer the Bridge?
Since Jurgen Klopp took over as Liverpool manager he has failed to make it past the fifth round of the competition. The Reds have only managed to reach the fifth round once under the German, which came in the 2014-15 season. And since last winning the FA Cup in 2006, Liverpool have only managed to reach the quarter-final stage twice.
One of the major stories from this season’s FA Cup so far came from Anfield when Liverpool’s youth players defeated Merseyside rivals Everton. They did not stop there with the young side going on to defeat Shrewsbury over two legs in the fourth round, setting up a brilliant tie at Stamford Bridge.
Although Klopp has said that he is set to strengthen the side on Tuesday as Liverpool look to bounce back from Saturday’s first Premier League defeat of the season against Watford, golden boy Curtis Jones will be hoping to earn his place in the side. The 19-year-old has scored 50% of Liverpool’s FA Cup goals this season, including the top-class strike that ended up knocking out Everton. Jones to score anytime against Chelsea is 16/5.
It will be interesting to see what sort of side Klopp selects for this clash. If it’s a more youthful side then it’s advantage Chelsea, but if not then the enhanced odds of 5/1 for Liverpool to win by two goals or more in the 90 minutes could be worth a flutter.