Liverpool should hold mental edge for FA Cup final
In an illustration of Liverpool’s recent dominance over Chelsea, Saturday’s FA Cup final comes nearly two years to the day since the Blues registered a win against them. It was May 2, 2010, and goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard lifted Chelsea to a 2-0 win at Anfield in a result that was crucial to their securing of the Premier League title that season.
A lot has changed in two years, including the clubs having sacked two managers each. More relevant to the here and now is that Liverpool has dominated their clashes since and, as such, should hold the mental edge heading to Wembley. Or at least they should. The Reds have won the past four meetings between the two sides.
But Chelsea will take a lot of confidence from their shock Champions League semi-final triumph against Barcelona last week. Perhaps it is because of that result that Roberto Di Matteo’s men are $2.35 favourites to win the Cup.
The fact Liverpool’s ($3) league form has been scratchy the past couple of months will have contributed as well, while Chelsea’s three FA Cup trophies in the past five years might have been another consideration. Regardless of all that, though, Liverpool hold the wood over Chelsea at the moment head-to-head and that cannot be underestimated.
Given Chelsea has scored just one goal against Liverpool in two years – and that four of the past five Cup finals have ended 1-0 – the under 2.5 goals ($1.74) looks the logical bet. But Liverpool has kept just one clean sheet in their past nine games, they are in good goal-scoring touch on the back of Luis Suarez’s sublime hat-trick against Norwich on the weekend, and Chelsea has all sorts of problems at the back. Maybe the $2.05 for over 2.5 goals isn’t so illogical after all.1,856 views