Chelsea and Liverpool to Meet in FA Cup Final

This is a guest post from David at Bookies For Sports

For the first time, Liverpool will play Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. The two sides developed a huge rivalry in the last decade which was fuelled on the back of a number of encounters in the Champions League. With Liverpool not in the tournament for a number of years, the rivalry has faded somewhat but it is still strong and both sides will be desperate to win the trophy. At the moment, Bookies For Sports has Chelsea ahead as slight favorites.

Liverpool has already won a trophy this year – taking the Carling Cup on penalties. It has been a very inconsistent year for the Reds and a win here, their first FA Cup triumph since 2006 will make the year more palatable.

Chelsea have had a better season despite the firing of manager Andre Villas-Boas. Chelsea has loved this competition in recent years winning it in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Chelsea are favorites for the final. Their path to the final was pretty simple having beaten Portsmouth, QPR, Birmingham City, Leicester and Tottenham. 

Liverpool beat Oldham before taking out Manchester United in the fourth round. From there they disposed of Brighton & Hove Albion, Stoke and Everton.

Chelsea has a star-studded squad. The likes of Raul Meireles, Didier Drogba, Juan Mata and Florent Malouda will keep the Liverpool defence busy.  Liverpool also have a quality squad and Luiz Suarez, Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt are able to hold their own.

Both sides have out of sorts strikers. For Liverpool, it’s Carroll who was signed from Newcastle and has been a total waste of money. Chelsea signed Fernando Torres who hasn’t been scoring goals for them like he did previously.

While people query the relevance of the FA Cup in today’s time, it is still a fantastic competition. With very few chances to win trophies, teams need to grasp every opportunity they can to win one. Liverpool against Chelsea is the old against the new.

Expect this showpiece clash to be a fiercely contested affair. One can only hope that unlike recent big games, it isn’t marred by poor refereeing.

published: 24th April 2012 by Free Bet Bookmaker

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