Chelsea v Liverpool: Tammy Abraham absence a blow but Blues have bigger problems – Alan Shearer

Chelsea remain without top scorer Tammy Abraham because of his ongoing ankle injury. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is the latest England striker to be sidelined by injury and it is starting to seem like the position is jinxed.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard: “It’s Liverpool, our fans are coming to see us in the FA Cup trying to overturn the best team in the land.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:“We are Liverpool, we are always under pressure and we are always expected to deliver. If Chelsea make changes, I don’t know if they will, it will still be a very experienced team.”

This is the first FA Cup meeting between the clubs since the 2012 final, which Chelsea won 2-1.

Chelsea have beaten the Reds in five of the past seven FA Cup encounters.

This is their third meeting this season. Liverpool won 2-1 in the league at Stamford Bridge in September, a month after they lifted the Uefa Super Cup on penalties in Istanbul.

Chelsea have won the FA Cup six times this century, the joint-most with Arsenal.

The Blues have lost only one of their past 12 FA Cup ties (W8, D3).

Liverpool have lost two of their last three matches in all competitions.

They have reached the quarter-finals only twice since they last won the FA Cup since 2006.

Liverpool have won just one of their past six FA Cup away matches (D2, L3).

Liverpool have a 79-59 advantage with 41 draws from 174 previous matches against Chelsea. 

Chelsea are favourites among bookmakers with William Hill offering 2.15 for a home win while a victory for Liverpool is priced at 3.00. A draw is set at 4.20 at betfair while bet365 is offering 1.66 for BTTS Yes which had been the outcome in four of the last five meetings. 

Chelsea produced over 3.5 goals in their last fixture and a similar outcome is priced at 2.95 at Unibet, who are also offering 1.72 for over 2.5 goals.

Yes (Both Teams To Score) @ 1.62

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