It’s FA Cup Final time, with Liverpool and Chelsea due to battle it out for England’s greatest trophy.
Some of you will be old enough to remember just how magical the FA Cup used to be, steeped in history and pre-Premier League the biggest day of the domestic football calendar. The White Horse, The Stanley Matthews final, Ricky Villa (“still Ricky Villa!”),Gazza’s free kick, and 80,000 ‘Old Wembley’ spectators belting out Abide With Me.
And let’s not forget maybe the greatest strike of all time from Hereford’s finest…..
The FA Cup may not have the luster it once had, but with Fanteam’s fantasy contest adding excitement all the glory of the Cup comes flooding back!
Enter the FA Cup game lobby by CLICKING HERE to see the contests available for this decorated cup.
The great thing about FanTeam as a platform is I can play daily fantasy contests, player matchups and make my sportsbook bets all in the same place.
FanTeam FA Cup contests are played under the very unique pursuit mode, but what is pursuit mode?
Pursuit is a unique format in which players are essentially handicapped according to how good of a performance we would expect from them. Instead of being limited by a predefined budget users can pick players by bonus points as well as a captain who will score double bonus points and a vice captain who will score 1.5 bonus points.
Bonus points are awarded at the start of a contest. Low expectation players will have a higher starting point whereas high expectation players will have a lower starting point. Pursuit allows the user to start the tournament in the lead, or choose to start behind the eight ball.
More details on pursuit mode can be found by CLICKING HERE or in the rules section inside the game lobby.
Safety Net is enabled for this contest meaning all non starting players will be replaced at the beginning of their match. Note this is only if there is a player from the same club, in the same position with equal or cheaper price.
Standard FanTeam scoring applies.
CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL
Chelsea will take on Liverpool in the 141st Fa Cup final on Saturday and it’s not the first time these 2 great rivals will battle it out in domestic cup finals this year. Liverpool triumphed in February on penalties in the league cup final, thanks to Chelsea goalkeeper smashing his penalty over the crossbar. That win was Liverpool’s third victory in cup finals over the Blues having triumphed in the 2006 community shield and 2019 European Super Cup but the last time these 2 met in a FA Cup final it was a completely different story with the Blues running out winners by 2-1. One thing is for sure we can expect fireworks again on Saturday when these 2 meet again.
It’s been a strange season for the Blues who looked like they could win the title back in November, but off field issues have derailed their season somewhat and it’s just 2 wins in 6 for Tuchels men. The Blues did manage to end their bad run with a 3-0 demolition of Leeds in mid-week and with off-field issues seemingly behind them Tuchels men will look to claim some silverware to end a turbulent season.
Liverpool’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple is still alive having won the league cup back in February, making the champions league final and still in title contention. The Reds will bring a 15 game unbeaten run with them to Wembley, a run that stretches back to March 8th when the 10 men of Inter Milan beat Klopp’s men at Anfield. The Reds will have to tighten up at the back having conceded in their last 3 games if they are to complete a first domestic cup double since 2001.
With neither team able to pick their desired midfield combinations in this game expect an open-ended encounter. There’s plenty of incentives for both, for Klopp a chance to win his first FA Cup and keep the quadruple alive and for Tuchel a chance to impress the clubs new owners.
My final prediction is a narrow 2-1 victory for Liverpool in this match.
PLAYERS TO TARGET
CHELSEA – Reece James, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
LIVERPOOL – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Diego Jota
Most of the Chelsea players will start on plus points for this match. Mason Mount who is in fine form for the Blues will start on minus points as will midweek goalscorer Romelu Lukaku. If you are building a Chelsea lineup I think Mount is an auto-lock, the Blues starlet who scored in midweek and has 14 goals in all competitions has demanded the Blues dust themselves off and win this trophy and is easily Chelsea’s best player this season. Chelsea have been good defensively especially earlier in the year and with the attacking prowess of James and Alonso I’d look to them to make up my core Chelsea plays.
With this in mind and the way I like to build pursuit teams this will be my favourite Chelsea lineup for the FA Cup slate.
Liverpool are heavily favoured in this matchup and that shows with most of their players starting on minus points. The ever popular Mo Salah will be an auto lock for most. I am however going elsewhere with most of my builds and that’s with Sadio Mane who has scored six goals against the Blues since moving to Liverpool in 2016, with no other player netting more against Chelsea in this time. I will be entering multiple lineups so while I will have some exposure to Salah, I think Mane offers a chance to get unique and potentially one up on the field. Trent and Robertson will make up the rest of my Liverpool core.
With this in mind and the way I like to build pursuit teams this will be my favourite Liverpool lineup for the FA Cup slate.
FANTEAM SPORTSBOOK BET
There’s one thing I’m expecting from this match and that’s goals! Chelsea are averaging 2.2 goals per game in all competitions over their last 6 games and Liverpool are averaging 3.1 goals per game in the same time frame. With both clubs struggling defensively in recent weeks my bet is an easy one over 2.5 goals at 1.92
A £20 bet would return £38.40 should it land
The Sportsbook lobby can be found by CLICKING HERE.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.
Best of luck to everyone entering tonight – We look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.