Chelsea and Liverpool clash in the fifth round of the 2019/20 FA Cup on Tuesday 3 March, and both teams have been underperforming in the lead up to this match. Chelsea have won just one of their last five matches, whilst Liverpool’s aura of invincibility is slipping away after two defeats in their last three games.
A place in the FA Cup quarterfinals is at stake, so check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Chelsea vs Liverpool.
Chelsea vs Liverpool FA Cup 5th Round Match Details
Chelsea vs Liverpool kicks-off at Stamford Bridge at 19.45 on Tuesday 3 March. The match is being broadcast live on BBC1.
Chelsea have been the most successful club in the FA Cup in the last 13 years, winning the trophy five times and losing just once. They last lifted the FA Cup in 2018, when beating Manchester United 1-0 in the final. However, they did exit last year’s FA Cup in the fifth round, when beaten at Stamford Bridge by Manchester United.
Chelsea’s current form is worrying, as a win against Tottenham is their only victory in their last five games. In that period, they’ve also drawn with Bournemouth and Leicester and lost to Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Chelsea have made it to the fifth round of the 2019/20 FA Cup by beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 and Hull City 1-2. Frank Lampard did not field a full-strength side for either of those matches, but there were still plenty of regular first-teamers in the starting line-ups.
What effect Liverpool’s defeat to Watford, that ended their 44-match unbeaten Premier League run, will have is open to debate. It could free up Liverpool to concentrate on wrapping up their first Premier League title and defending their Champions League title, or it could put a few seeds of doubt in the minds of the Liverpool players at a crucial time of the season.
But what it probably won’t do is change Liverpool’s viewpoint on the FA Cup, which they haven’t given two hoots about in recent seasons, judged on the team of kids they tend to field. Prior to this season, Liverpool had got no further than the fourth round since Klopp became manager, and Everton should have knocked them out in the third round this season. Liverpool also needed an own goal to beat Shrewsbury in round four.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Head-To-Heads
Chelsea and Liverpool have clashed twice already this season, drawing 2-2 in the UEFA Super Cup before Liverpool won on penalties. Liverpool also won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in September.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Free Tip
The market for this match could change dramatically when the teams are announced, which is why it could be worth backing Chelsea before that happens. A Champions League spot for next season may be their number one priority but, as they have a strong recent association with winning the FA Cup, Lampard looks sure to field a strong line-up.
That might not be the case with Liverpool, and Klopp may put their FA Cup future in the hands of the kids with key Premier League and Champions League matches ahead. If that happens, Chelsea could shorten dramatically.