Football: FA Cup Final – Liverpool v Chelsea

May 4, 2012

Liverpool and Chelsea look to get something from the season as they meet at Wembley Stadium in the 2012 FA Cup Final.

There is a strange feel about the 2012 FA Cup Final. SO many breaks from tradition. For a start the game is not the season closer for the English Football season. Traditionally it has been played after all the leagues have finished their fixture lists, but this year the premier League is far from finished, let alone decided. Both Manchester Clubs who fight out for the Premier League title are not involved as Liverpool compete for a second trophy of the season and Chelsea hope top make it the first of a brace as they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Kick off time has been switched, no longer do we have the build up to the traditional 3pm kick-off. Today we have to 5.15pm

So to the match and what we can expect. Chelsea are favourites to lift a Trophy with blue ribbons adorned. This despite losing to Liverpool on the last four occasions the sides have met. Incredibly they have yet to play both games for the Premier League season. Liverpool won the first at Stamford Bridge back in November with a 87th minute winner from Glen Johnson. That was the first of two victories for Kenny Dalgleish’s side at Stamford Bridge this season as Chelsea faced the same fate in going out of the League Cup to a 2-0 reverse at home. The fact that the London side edge the betting has to be down to the relative current form of the two sides rather than previous results this season. Liverpool have lost twice from their last three games, both at home, against West Brom and most latterly when Fulham visited Anfied. Although to be fair the Reds had many changes to the squad with this game in mind.

Chelsea on the other hand, until the midweek slip up when Newcastle came and raided the Bridge with a 0-2 victory, thanks to some wonder goals from Cisse, had gone some 11 games without defeat including the amazing performance at Camp Nou as they came from 0-2 down with only ten men to draw with Barcelona and book a Champions League final place against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Stadium.

For this game though I see the full ninety minute being used to share honours and extra time required to find an eventual winner. I am unable to confidently predict either side to lift the trophy and will be simply be playing the 90 minute draw at odds of just over 9/4. I shall also take the obvious and most frequent football scoreline of 1-1 in the correct score market.

I am of the opinion it will be a classic cup final though and one to be savoured despite the funny kick off time and the fact that the winning side will be back in training on Monday morning for the remainder of the Premier League season when they meet again at Anfield in a  couple of weeks.

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