Wembley…FA Cup Final…where childhood dreams are realised…

Childhood life in the pre-90s era was a simpler time. Before the invention of game consoles kids would take a football down the park or into the local streets, arranging some jumpers for goalposts and vying amongst friends to recreate the great FA Cup scenes from years gone by. ‘I’m Ricky Villa’, I’m sure they shouted as they pretended to weave through that Coventry defence mimicking the 1981 classic goal. Despite the declining importance of the FA Cup within the English game, I’m sure children in parks around the country will still be doing the same come Sunday morning – and for the adults, they will be counting their winnings after placing a successful bet with Unibet, surely the only logical place to bet on the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo already has his own place sealed in FA Cup folklore as he holds the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup Final (after just 25 seconds against Middlesbrough in 1997), a winning FA Cup final goal for Chelsea against Aston Villa in the last final at the old Wembley in 2000 and was allowed to lead the Chelsea team out in 2002 after an injury forced retirement early into his 30’s. With his steeped history in this competition it is no surprise to see Chelsea favourites for the final at 2.40, especially considering his side’s rampant form. However, whatever Di Matteo has in FA Cup history, Kenny Dalglish matches – having scored 13 FA Cup goals and winning the FA Cup once as a player and twice as a manager. Liverpool’s form however is a bit scratchy with 2 wins from 8 League games, but the cups are where they have found their form this season and they are 3.00 to add to their Carling Cup triumph earlier this year. There have only been two draws in a FA Cup Final since 1993 (this was also the last time the final was played under floodlights) and the lack of recent draws is perhaps the reason why it is available at 3.25.

Chelsea and Liverpool have never met in the FA Cup Final (despite competing in 10 of the last 18 finals and 43 semi-finals between them) but the last time they met in the FA Cup was in the semi-final in 2006, when Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 and a repeat of that scoreline is 11.00, whilst a recurrence of Chelsea’s last 2 final scorelines of 1-0 can be backed at 7.25. Liverpool’s last FA Cup Final was in 2006 and Steven Gerrard (who very nearly became a Chelsea player once upon a time) scored a dramatic 90th minute equaliser to make it 3-3 and that scoreline can be found at 60.00.

“Logic looking at recent results would suggest the smart thing to do would be to back Chelsea, but there is something about Liverpool in the cups this year which gives me my doubts” says Head of Unibet’s Sportsbook Erik Backlund.

“The punters are finding this hard to call as well, with 45% backing Chelsea and 35% Liverpool. Because of this I would edge towards a score draw at 90 minutes, and the 2-2 would be my fancy at 15.00.”

Whatever happens children across the land will be dreaming of replicating their hero come Sunday morning…

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