The 2012 FA Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 5, when Chelsea and Liverpool will do battle to win the world’s oldest domestic football cup competition.
Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Chelsea are clear-cut favorites to lift the English FA Cup trophy on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are coming off a dismal performance against Fulham at Anfield. The match that lacked quality on both sides ended 1-0 in Fulham’s favor courtesy of a Martin Škrtel own goal.
As a result, Chelsea are 4/6 to lift the cup, while Liverpool are 6/5 to claim FA Cup glory.
Head to Head Bets
Saturday’s FA Cup final features a bevy of intriguing head to head matchups, including Didier Drogba v Andy Carroll, Frank Lampard v Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres v Luis Suarez.
Drogba, Torres and Suarez are all 5.50 to score first for their respective clubs, while England international Andy Carroll is 6.50 to score first for Liverpool. In addition, Lampard is 7.00 to score first for Chelsea, and Gerrard is 7.50 to score first for the Reds.
Andy Carroll v Didier Drogba: Head to Head
Andy Carroll is 10.00 to score from a header on Saturday. Meanwhile, Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba is 9.00 to net with his head.
Pick – Didier Drogba: I’d never put my money on Andy Carroll, never.
Steven Gerrard v Frank Lampard: Head to Head
Captain fantastic is 7.00 to outscore Three Lions teammate Frank Lampard, and 1.25 to score the same amount of goals. On the other side of the touchline, Lampard is is 6.25 to bag more goals than the Reds captain.
Pick – Frank Lampard: Two words, penalty taker.
Luis Suarez v Fernando Torres: To score at least 2 goals
Suarez and Torres are both 10/1 to score at least 2 goals.
Pick – Fernando Torres: Not only is the Spaniard on cracking form, but he’s facing his former club. Look for Fernando to stick at least one in the back of the net.
How will the FA Cup final be decided?
As previously noted, Chelsea are the favorites to hoist the FA Cup trophy at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 5.
However, how the match is to be decided is still up in the air.
Will Chelsea or Liverpool triumph in 90 minutes or will it take extra time to decide the 131st FA Cup final? Are penalties written in the stars?
Chelsea in 90 minutes (11/8)
Liverpool in 90 minutes (2/1)
Chelsea in extra time (9/1)
Liverpool in extra time (11/1)
Chelsea on penalties (10/1)
Liverpool on penalties (10/1)
Bet of the Day: 5 May 2012
Saturday’s bet of the day is Chelsea to defeat Liverpool 2-0 at Wembley, paying 9/1 odds.