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Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final Betting Odds

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The 2012 FA Cup final takes centre stage on Saturday (5.15pm KO, Live on ITV1) and bookmakers make Chelsea favourites to beat Liverpool in normal time.

The Blues have been chalked up at 2.5 (Betfred and bet365) to do the business in 90 minutes, with Liverpool 3 chances (Betfred and Boylesports), and the draw rated a 3.3 chance by Boylesports.

To lift the trophy, Chelsea are 1.73 shots with bet365 and Liverpool 2.2 chances with Paddy Power.

It really is a tough game to call, so I am going to look at it from a betting perspective from whether you are a Blue or a Red.

I am going to start with Chelsea, who are hoping to win it for the fourth time in six years and the seventh time in their history.

Victory will keep alive their hopes of becoming only the second club to complete the FA Cup and Champions League double, first achieved by Man United when they did the treble back in 1999.

The side have certainly been transformed since Roberto di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the beginning of March, and their midweek lost to Newcastle was their first in 12 games.

They have have won 11, drawn four and lost two in all competitions with him at the helm, and he now he has the chance to become the third Italian manager in three years to win the Cup.

If his record a player is anything to go but then he has a great opportunity of landing a unique “treble”.

His goal after 43 seconds for Chelsea in the 1997 win over Middlesbrough was the fastest scored in the final at the old Wembley and his winner against Aston Villa in 2000 was the last FA Cup final goal there before the stadium was demolished.

As far as the stats are concerned this will be the 10th FA Cup meeting between these two sides and the first FA Cup final contested by them.

There has never been a draw in the nine previous meeting, with Chelsea holding a narrow (5-4) advantage in the head to head record.

That’s good news if you are planning to back them to do the business in 90 minutes, especially when you throw in the fact that they have won five of their last six FA Cup final appearances and also managed to keep a clean sheet in four of these victories.

Juan Mata is their top goalscorer in this competition with four and he looks overpriced at 12 with bet365 to break the deadlock.

However Drogba who – excluding the Community Shield – has scored in all seven of his matches at Wembley looks a safer option at 7.5 with Paddy Power to bag the first, and also looks big at 3.2 with the same firm to net anytime.

So those are the betting suggestions if you support Chelsea, and now onto Liverpool.

This will be the 10th FA Cup meeting between these two sides and the first FA Cup final contested by them.

There has never been a draw in the nine previous meeting, with Chelsea holding a narrow (5-4) advantage in the head to head record.

However Liverpool have won their last four games against Chelsea in all competitions, scoring seven goals and conceding just one in the process.

They have also won four of their last five FA Cup finals, and manager Kenny Dalglish said this week that he regards this one as more than just an opportunity to compensate for his team’s disappointing Premier League season.

He has already guided the Reds to victory in 1986 and 1989 and believes there is still plenty of glory in winning football’s oldest competition.

“There is an obsession with the Premier League simply because of what it holds for every club and the value financially, but there is a satisfaction from winning a cup competition which you don’t get from finishing fifth or sixth, ” he said.

The good news is that Gerrard and Suarez will be back in the staring XI after missing Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Fulham.

Suarez was outstanding when scoring a hat-trick in their previous game to sink Norwich 3-0, and is the club’s top scorer this season with 17.

Three of those goals have come in the FA Cup, so he is the obvious starting point in the first goalscorer market.

The Uruguayan is a massive looking 9 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock, and that has to be worth a wager given that he is as short as 7 with several firms.

Backing him to score anytime at 3.25 to score anytime with Paddy Power also looks a decent punt given that so much rests on his shoulders if Liverpool are to triumph.

One Comment to Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final Betting Odds

  1. Going to be a close one – going to go for Liverpool on pens

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