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Chelsea vs Liverpool: FA Cup final – LIVE!

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: FA Cup final – LIVE!

The final of the world’s oldest cup competition pits two of the globe’s biggest teams against each other at the magnificent Wembley Stadium today.

Chelsea and Liverpool compete for the FA Cup trophy with the Blues out to lift their ninth crown after back-to-back defeats in the last two finals, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds last won the cup in 2006.

Both enjoyed a relatively safe passage to the showpiece, each having barely encountered Premier League opposition until the semi-finals.

Plymouth and Luton put up surprisingly stout opposition to Chelsea before they brushed aside Crystal Palace last month, whereas Liverpool had to come through Manchester City in the final four following a testing trip to Nottingham Forest.

One extra facet to today’s game is that it is a repeat of the League Cup final.

Not since 1993 have two opponents met in both events, and it was Liverpool who came out on top in the Carabao Cup showdown just over two months ago.

So let’s get our suits on, turn Jerusalem up, and gaze in awe at those steps up to the Royal Box as this promises to be a fascinating FA Cup final.

With kick-off at 4.45pm BST, follow Standard Sport’s live blog for all the updates from Matt Verri and James Robson at Wembley…

Live updates

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Today’s FA Cup final programme

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Thomas Tuchel has refused to rule out bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga on for the penalty shootout, if Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Liverpool goes the distance.

He told reporters: “I will not tell you. I have an opinion about it. If it comes, you will see.”

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The atmosphere is building on Wembley Way

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FA Cup head-to-head record

Chelsea wins: 2

Draws: 0

Liverpool wins: 1

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Evening Standard score prediction

There’s been so little to split these two sides when they have faced each other this season, although Chelsea have looked a lot less structured in big games of late.

Given their firepower, Liverpool could take advantage.

Liverpool to win, 2-1.

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Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Salah, Mane, Diaz.

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Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Werner.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, saw Fabinho limp off during Tuesday’s win over Aston Villa and Klopp has since ruled the Brazilian out of action.

Klopp did confirm that he will be fit for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28, however.

Andy Robertson was rested for that game at Villa Park and Mohamed Salah was brought off the bench. Both are all but certain to start this afternoon.

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Early team news

Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are absent for Chelsea but Tuchel has confirmed plans to risk Mateo Kovacic despite his ankle injury.

“Mateo wants to try it and the medical department gave the green light to try it,” he stated on Friday.

“The ligament is anyway stretched from the last incident, so there’s no new injury but heavy pain, and it’s heavily swollen.”

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How to watch

TV channel: The game will be broadcast for free on BBC One and ITV, with coverage beginning at 4pm and 3.45pm BST respectively ahead of kick-off at 4.45pm.

Live stream: The BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and ITV Hub will all offer live streams to access for license-fee payers.

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