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Liverpool and Chelsea kick-off time change in FA Cup final explained

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Liverpool are preparing to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend – but they may have caught the eye with their rather unusual kick-off time.

The Reds beat Manchester City in the semi-finals to reach the showpiece at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Chelsea beat Crystal Palace in the semi-finals to set up a final against Liverpool.

The game has been confirmed to start at the unusual time of 4:45 p.m. This is different from previous years, where in the 2021 and 2020 FA Cup Finals kick-off was at 5.15pm and 5.30pm respectively.

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However, the kick off time for this year’s final has been changed due to the Eurovision Song Contest. Due to BBC scheduling issues, the FA Cup final has been brought forward in a surreal turn of events.

Eurovision will air from 6.15-7.15pm on BBC Two with the FA Cup final on BBC One until 7.15pm, assuming no extra time or penalties. Eurovision then takes over on BBC One from 8 p.m. after a 45-minute break.

If the game ends after 90 minutes, it will end shortly after 6:30 p.m. However, if extra time and penalties are required, the FA Cup Final will impact Unnecessary Celebrity coverage which is scheduled between 7.15pm and 8pm.

It is the first time Liverpool have reached the FA Cup final since 2012, when the Reds lost to Chelsea. For the London club, this is their third consecutive FA Cup final but they have lost their last two.

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