Chelsea go up against Liverpool in the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, with the first piece of domestic silverware at stake.
It’s a break from the hurly-burly of the English Premier League for the pair, as the Reds set aside their title charge and the Londoners put on hold their top four tilt.
The duo are also right up there among the most successful teams in League Cup history.
Eight times the crown has been claimed by the Merseysiders, who sit level at the top of the tree with Manchester City, while the Blues have collected five titles of their own.
It’s a decade since the Reds last won it, though, with the trophy also not heading to the Stamford Bridge cabinet since 2015.
But it’s the capital city club who are already up and running in the silverware stakes this season, edging out Palmeiras of Brazil to lift the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.
Liverpool came through a keenly contested semi-final against Arsenal thanks to a brace in the second leg from Diogo Jota.
The Portuguese hotshot netted either side of half-time at the Emirates Stadium, after the first leg at Anfield had finished goalless.
It was a safer passage for Chelsea, who knocked the stuffing out of London rivals Tottenham by going two goals clear in the first half of their semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Kai Havertz and a Ben Davies own goal put Spurs firmly on the back foot in the tie, before Antonio Rudiger settled the contest in the 18th minute of the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had earlier squeezed past Leicester on penalties in their quarter-final at Anfield, having seen off Championship Preston and EPL strugglers Norwich before that.
The Blues cruised to victory at west London neighbours Brentford in their last eight tie, following a penalty shootout success over Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Fourth Round and an identical victory over Aston Villa at their first hurdle.
EFL Final 2022: Prediction and result
Prediction methodology explained😕The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
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