Not much time to bask in the glow of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal win over Manchester United, our first in four tries over them this season. Time for another big match just about 72 hours after, and yet another fourth meeting against one team.
Chelsea have already beaten Liverpool once this season, but we could certainly use three more points in the race for he top four. For Liverpool, already confirmed as Premier League champions for the first time ever, this will be little more than a (poorly attended) party. For Chelsea, it’s a chance to seal a top four finish with a win. A loss is not disastrous, but would make the last match of the season, at home against Wolves, probably an absolute must-win.
A win at Anfield would however confirm Chelsea’s place in the Champions League next season, and would spoil (just a little bit), Liverpool’s coronation. It’s the least the could do after we confirmed their title for them, no?
N’Golo Kanté is Chelsea’s only injury of note, and there’s a (small) chance that he could be back for this one. Christian Pulisic is supposedly carrying a small niggle as well, but it did not prevent him from being named to the bench of Sunday. Fortunately, he wasn’t needed, so he should be rested and recovered a bit more than recently.