Liverpool and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup final at Wembley this Saturday.
After five rounds, a quarter-final and a semi-final, the FA Cup was finally reduced to the bottom two teams.
When the competition started the likes of Yeovil Town, Ebbsfleet United and Rochdale were struggling to make it this far and of these lower division sides it was Kidderminster who managed the longest to keep the dream alive.
The National League North side were eventually defeated by West Ham in the final minutes of extra time in the fourth round.
The Harriers underscored what the FA Cup means to English football – teams from all leagues compete and mingle with the top flight, often crowding out the bigger boys and creating refreshing drama in the sport.
The top two, however, advanced to the third round in which Liverpool and Chelsea defeated their subsequent opponents with relative ease – now they go head to head again in a repeat of February’s Carabao Cup final for the coveted trophy.
The Blues secured their place in the final with victories over Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace, while the Reds triumphed over Shrewsbury, Cardiff City, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
While Chelsea still have some way to go to qualify for the Champions League, Liverpool are focused on not one, but three competitions. The Reds have five Premier League games to try and beat Manchester City at the top while preparing for the UEFA Champions League final in just under three weeks.
As both teams prepare for the final of one of England’s most historic tournaments, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game at Wembley…
When is the 2022 FA Cup final?
Liverpool and Chelsea meet at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday May 14, 2022.
What is the kick-off time for the 2022 FA Cup Final?
Kick-off is scheduled for 4.45pm BST.
How to watch the 2022 FA Cup final
Both ITV and the BBC have the rights to show Liverpool vs Chelsea this year.
Tickets for the FA Cup Final 2022
Tickets for the FA Cup Final are sold through each club’s website.
Chelsea announced on Monday 9 May that they had 2264 additional seats which went on sale later in the morning.
Liverpool will announce their final allocation of tickets at 14:00 BST today (Tuesday 10 May).
Liverpool vs Chelsea head to head
In total, the two teams have met 191 times, with Liverpool victorious 83 times.
In the last two FA Cup games, Chelsea have won both times but their last game came in the Carabao Cup where Liverpool won on penalties.
Chelsea have won the FA Cup eight times, while Liverpool are just behind with seven FA Cup final wins.
Liverpool vs Chelsea odds
Match odds after 90 minutes:
- Liverpool wins: 21/20
- Draw: 13.5
- Chelsea wins: 4.11
- Liverpool: 8/15
- Chelsea: 6/4