Liverpool v Cardiff 16:00 Sun
Despite the Welsh side juggling the demands of a promotion-chasing Championship campaign, Cardiff City, who are long odds for victory with Bet365, have still found the time and reserves to make their way into this season’s Carling Cup final.
The Bluebirds will find it hard to topple their opponents however when they take on Premier League giants, Liverpool.
That being said, the Welsh outfit can be heartened when they look at Birmingham City’s shock victory over Arsenal last year and feel that even if their promotion chances are dented, it is still possible to walk away from the current campaign with silverware.
Liverpool walk into the final with their heads held high after a 6-1 thrashing of Cardiff’s Championship rivals Brighton, meaning the morale in the Merseyside camp will be better heading into the Wembley clash.
It will be interesting to see what kind of side Kenny Dalglish fields on Sunday, as while he isn’t the type of manager to underestimate an opponent, the distraction of the club’s Premier League season may still be a priority for the Scot.
After a fairly lacklustre first half to the season, the Anfield club find themselves sitting in seventh place and while it is still possible, the Reds look unlikely to clinch a Champions League spot in their current form.
Cardiff City are in a similar run of form, winning just two and losing five of their last six matches and Malky Mackay’s side are running slightly on their performances in the first half of the season as they seek to obtain promotion to the top flight.
Stephen McPhail and Mark Hudson will both face late fitness tests before Sunday’s epic fixture after short periods on the sidelines.
Dalglish will be happy to know that Craig Bellamy looks set to overcome a back problem and return to face his hometown club in Liverpool’s first trip to Wembley since 1996