LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates with John Terry as he scores their fifth goal and completes his hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on April 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chelsea faces Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup final and, while the Reds have beaten Manchester City and Manchester United so far in the FA Cup, they will have a tall task trying to beat the red-hot Blues.
Chelsea is not only going for some FA Cup hardware, but it is in the finals of the Champions League after a huge upset of Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. (Lines courtesy of FACupOdds.com).
FA Cup Odds: Chelsea 2.40 / Liverpool 3.00 / Draw 2.40
Moneyline Odds: Chelsea +140 / Liverpool +200 / Draw +225
Over/Under: 2.5 goals
After not doing much since the big money deal that brought him from Liverpool last season, he scored in the last Champions League match facing Barcelona and had a hat trick in his last Premier League match.
Chelsea is hoping the third time is the charm for it this season, as it has been at home twice this season facing Liverpool, once in EPL play and in the Carlin Cup, and the Reds won both matches.
Defense is obviously key in any match, but in the FA Cup final each team’s defense will be tested, as the Blues have scored eight goals in their last two matches and the Reds have scored five goals in their last three matches.
Liverpool will have to rely on their defense more in this FA Cup final, as in EPL play this season they have scored 43 goals while Chelsea has scored 62.
Luis Suárez (11 goals), Craig Bellamy (six goals), and Steven Gerrard (five goals) are the big guns for the Reds and if the Blues and their defense can keep these guys in check they should win the FA Cup final.
Speaking of Chelsea’s defense, it has only conceded four goals in its last five matches and two of those goals came in an away match facing Barcelona.
Torres has been on fire as of late, and Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge each have 11 goals in the Premier League this season. The Reds have to play well in the midfield in this match to thwart the scoring chances of the Blues and if that does not happen they are in for a long match.
Chelsea G Petr Cech has been playing great in the last few weeks, and after a clean sheet facing Barcelona, he has a ton of confidence. If he and the Blues’ defense plays well, they will be tough to beat.
The Blues like to push forward on offense and because of that, Liverpool must take advantage of any counter attack chances they get.
Prediction: The Reds will play a good match on defense, but Chelsea simply has too much offense and it will show it in this FA Cup final. Look for the Blues to beat the Reds by a score of 2-1 or 3-1 in an exciting match.
Liverpool Last Three Matches - EPL Game Logs
April 14 Liverpool 2 Everton 1 (FA Cup Semi-finals)
April 22 Liverpool 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 (Premier League)
April 28 Norwich City 0 Liverpool 3 (Premier League)
Chelsea Last Three Matches
April 21 Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0 (Premier League)
April 24 Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2(Champions League Semi-finals)
April 29 Chelsea 6 Queens Park Rangers 1 (Premier League)