FA Cup Final 2012
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Abide with Me.
It has been an extraordinary season for both Chelsea and Liverpool. Under the grip of their own Messiah, Liverpool have spluttered in the league, particularly at Anfield. Yet if King Kenny lifts cup number two of the season this Saturday, all that will be forgotten.
Chelsea’s year has been no less baffling. One would have got long odds on RDM having replaced AVB at this stage of the season, and the Italian will probably have to win both impending finals to keep his job.
With all this at stake, it is easy to see why this has been called the most important Cup Final for over a decade. But what should we expect?
Both managers know a thing or two about success at Wembley. Di Matteo scored in every one of the three Cup finals he played in at Chelsea, including that memorable screamer against Middlesbrough in 1997.
Dalglish won two finals in his last spell as Liverpool manager, and has also achieved Wembley success in the 1992 Second Division Play-off Final with Blackburn.
Expect a tight final, but with the Champions League at the back of their mind, Chelsea may just be there for the taking. On the three previous occasions the League Cup winners have competed in the FA Cup final, they have gone on to make it a cup double. (Liverpool themselves managed this in 2001, a year in which they also beat a lower league side in the League Cup Final.)
We like Liverpool to win the FA Cup, available at 3.15 with Betfair. Expect to see that famous King Kenny smile at Wembley by 7pm on Saturday…