This much may have slipped under the radar. With Chelsea’s Champions League exploits and Liverpool’s horrific league form – as well as the fact that it is amongst a packed Premier League schedule – not too many people have been talking about the final of the greatest domestic cup competition in the world.
This doesn’t take anything away from how good a game it should be though. Both teams will be out all guns blazing for the win and some valuable silverware. Liverpool in particular need victory here to salvage their season.
The Carling Cup win was enjoyable of course, but their league form has been so poor of late that they need a second trophy to make up for it. FA Cup success would probably mean fans and pundits are less harsh on a league campaign that has seen them lose 13 matches.
Liverpool are bound to be overly reliant on Steven Gerrard this weekend too. They need their captain to lead them to glory. They also need some of their big money signings to step up and perform, much like Andy Carroll did in the semi-final against Everton.
As for Chelsea, they of course have the Champions League final to come this season, so this game isn’t the biggest in the final few weeks of the campaign. This doesn’t take anything away from how much they will want to win on Saturday though.
The Blues have a famous history in the FA Cup too and this is something they will want to continue. They also have the big name players for this type of occasion and after an up and down season, their squad should be relishing this exciting run-in.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men did slip up in their last Premier League game – with two Papiss Cisse goals handing Newcastle the points – but there is no doubt they had one eye on this weekend.
The likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Ashley Cole will come back in for this Wembley clash, while Fernando Torres could line up against his former club.
It is all set up for a cracking final as two famous English clubs battle it out for FA Cup glory. Bring on Saturday at 5.15pm.