FA Cup final 2012 latest odds, news and free bets

Kenny Dalglish and Roberto Di Matteo will lead out their respective teams on Saturday evening when Chelsea face Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup final

The kick-off time of 5.15pm is a little unfortunate for the many Liverpool supporters travelling down from Merseyside, especially as it’s the Reds’ third appearance at Wembley Stadium this season.

Both previous trips have been successful, with a penalty shootout success against Cardiff City ensuring Liverpool claimed the Carling Cup before beating arch-rivals Everton in the FA Cup semi-final to book their place in another final.

However, Dalglish’s side are the underdogs to be victorious this time around, with odds of 21/10 (Ladbrokes free bets) about Liverpool winning in ninety minutes despite the fact that the Merseyside team have a pretty good record against Chelsea this term.

Pool beat the Blues in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge and were also victorious a few weeks earlier in the Premier League, although Chelsea are a different beast now that Andre Villas-Boas has left the club and that could be seen as they beat Barcelona over two legs to reach the Champions League final.

Di Matteo fielded a pretty strong team against Newcastle on Wednesday ahead of the first of two big Cup finals for the west London side although his team were undone by some expert finishing from Papiss Cisse and the Italian now has to select an FA Cup-winning side.

Frank Lampard will return to the starting XI and the England midfielder will be looking to demonstrate to Roy Hodgson that he has what it takes to play a starring role at Euro 2012, with Lamps a 9/1 chance to score the first goal of this particular match.

Juan Mata and Didier Drogba will also feature, along with Salomon Kalou, although Fernando Torres will hope to feature having scored that last-ditch goal at Barcelona before landing a hat-trick at home to Queens Park Rangers.

As for Liverpool, a miserable performance was served up at home to Fulham on Tuesday although it’s worth noting that Kenny Dalglish made nine changes from the team that performed brilliantly to win 3-0 at Norwich last weekend.

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick in that particular match and the Uruguayan will be a popular bet at 8/1 to score first in this game, while Steven Gerrard will be looking to drive the team from midfield.

Recent FA Cup finals have been pretty low-scoring affairs and it would be a surprise to see this one being a goalfest considering that teams are cagey enough these days. Betfred offer a tempting 8/11 that we see two goals or less.

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