Liverpool defeat Chelsea twice at Stamford Bridge in Nov, first in the Premier League and then in the Carling Cup quarter-final. However Chelsea are the bookies’ favourites to lift the FA Cup but with Liverpool’s form in knockout competitions far exceeding their league form, the Reds will be optimistic of adding an eighth FA Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet.
Chelsea also rested players in midweek ahead of Saturday’s game; Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Juan Mata all started on the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle on Wednesday. Didier Drogba has been on the bench for Chelsea’s last two games, but may start at Wembley unless Roberto Di Matteo keeps faith in ex-Red Fernando Torres. At the back, Branislav Ivanovic may partner John Terry in central defence as David Luiz and Gary Cahill are both still recovering from hamstring injuries.