'I don't see': BBC pundit thinks Chelsea will just not be able to deal with three Liverpool players today
Liverpool take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final this evening and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed his prediction for the big game at Wembley.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been absolutely incredible this season. They’ve played every single game in every competition they’ve been in, and they still have a chance to make history by winning the quadruple.
The Carabao Cup is already in the bag thanks to a hard-fought victory over today’s rivals, Chelsea, back in February.
Liverpool will be looking to do the same this evening, and Lawrenson believes they’ll beat Thomas Tuchel’s side comfortably – all thanks to their fearsome front three of Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
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Mark Lawrenson: Chelsea can’t keep Liverpool’s front three out in FA Cup final today
The Englishman wrote in his weekly column on BBC Sport: “Usually, with cup finals, I expect them to be really tight with extra time and maybe even penalties – like we saw when these two teams met at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final in February.
“This time, though, I think Liverpool will win it pretty comfortably, and in normal time too, just because Chelsea are not at their best right now.
“Liverpool are favourites for me. They will be without the injured Fabinho, which is a blow, but Jordan Henderson will just come in there.
“Up front, they can go with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz. That’s a forward line to win a cup final, because I don’t see Chelsea keeping them out.”
Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for Liverpool.
Chelsea have been the third-best team in the country this season, not many people can dispute that.
However, their recent form has been terrible, so much so, that Arsenal and Tottenham can both leapfrog them if results go their way in the final two games of the season.
The Blues should hold onto their third spot though, but whether they can win the FA Cup today will depend on if their defence can keep Salah, Mane and Diaz quiet.
That’s not easy for any club in the world, let alone a side who have had their fair share of problems at the back over the last few weeks. That makes Liverpool the favourites, but football is a funny old game and anything can happen.
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