Liverpool vs Chelsea, Final, FA Cup 2012, Football Live Score and Commentary
Liverpool will play Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium in London on May 5, 2012 to determine the FA Cup winner this year. Liverpool will be chasing their eighth English FA cup title and Chelsea their seventh.
Live action starts at 16:15 GMT. Live Score and commentary can be seen here from 16:15 GMT.
Chelsea are the favorites for this encounter. But that can play into Liverpool’s favor, as they have performed better against the bigger sides this season as compared to the lesser ones.
Both teams have not had the best of seasons in the Premier League this year. Chelsea stands at number six and Liverpool, further down at number eight, with just two games each to go before the end of this season.
Their recent form in the League has also been bad. Chelsea lost its chance to qualify for next year’s Champions League through EPL after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle in a midweek encounter. Similarly, Liverpool lost their last game against Fulham and is now fighting for the eighth spot, with both teams having equal points.
Nevertheless, this can still be a memorable year for both clubs. Chelsea still has a chance to win the most coveted European football title, the Champions League; and Liverpool can make it two trophies for the year, by winning this game.
The two veterans on each side have a lot riding on this game; especially, John Terry, who is out of the Champions League final because of a stupid action on his part. This can be his last meaningful contribution for his club this season. Similarly, Steven Gerard’s experience in such situations would be the inspiration for his team.
Didier Drogba and Luis Suarez on either side of the pitch would be the men to watch. Drogba is Chelsea’s big match player and has a knack of scoring at the Wembley. On the other hand, Suarez has been the most discussed player this year for not so good of a reason (racism charges against Evra). His winning goal against Everton put Liverpool through to the final. A similar performance is required.
Some critics are of the opinion that this is also a battle of the managers, Dalglish and Di Matteo. It is suspected that both will fight out to continue in their current positions next year. A win here will cement either’s position.
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