Friday, May 4, 2012

FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Liverpool - Saturday 5 May 2012

So the day has finally come - Liverpool facing Chelsea in the FA Cup final Saturday 5th May 2012.

After winning the Curling Cup, it is a prestige point for the Liverpool to win the FA Cup too Saturday - their second trophy of the year.

But it is also important for the Chelsea to win the trophy too - ahead of their Champions League final against Bayern Munich on 19 May. An error here may have far reaching ramification for the later event.

Liverpool and Chelsea are long time 'foes' and have faced each other 30 times since 2004-05 and Liverpool have won the last five encounters. although both Liverpool and Chelsea have met many times before, but never in FA Cup final, although they have met twice in the FA Cup semis and nine times in other matches of the FA Cup. 

As for their individual appearance in the FA Cup finals, Blues have  played 10 finals, and won six, while the Reds have played 13 finals, winning seven.

So this peculiar and historical encounter is going to be interesting to watch. 

Chelsea (Probable, 4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Essien, Kalou; Malouda, Drogba, Mata.

Liverpool (probable, 4-4-2): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, José Enrique; Kuyt, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing; Carroll, Suárez.

The match is scheduled for Saturday 5 May 2012 at the Wembley Stadium at 17:15 BST