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What to expect from FA Cup final

Liverpool and Chelsea both rested players in midweek league losses, which Michael Cox said could help make for a more entertaining FA Cup final on Saturday ... for FA Cup finals are rarely exciting spectacles. Four of the past five have finished 1-0, and only three of the past 18 have seen both sides score. Liverpool has a habit of contesting -- and winning -- finals in eventful circumstances, but defensive discipline and levels of stamina will probably decide this one.

Liverpool has beaten against Chelsea already this season: a 2-1 win in the league, followed by a 2-0 victory in the Carling Cup, both at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge. But those games were played before Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas and guided Chelsea to the Champions League final.

For Liverpool, the FA Cup has been the sole focus since the Carling Cup success against Cardiff City in February, with its league form disastrous since the turn of the year. Di Matteo kept the hopes of a fourth-place Premier League finish alive until this week, though has conceded defeat after losing to Newcastle.

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1 comment about "What to expect from FA Cup final".
  1. Carlos Thys, May 5, 2012 at 5:38 a.m.

    The key question is: How much time will we lose on the clock to Didier Drogba languishing on the ground, rolling about with face in contorted grimaces...as if he was just 120 volt tazed by a TSA agent? The last time I watched a televised match in Wembley it was Tottenham versus Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, just a few weeks ago. Drogba's performance in the first 30-35 minutes was an utter disgrace. I believe he went to ground, feigned, protested, massaged his back, laid about knowing play would be stopped, wildly gesticulated at least six or seven times in just the match's half hour. I turned the TV off. I guess it is no wonder that these events are dull 0 - 0 or 1 - 0 affairs. I want to see a straight red given for this behavior. And then crown that match referee with the title "World FIFA referee of the decade!"

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