The FA Cup final at Wembley will be a battle between two fallen giants of English football desperate to return to old glory days.
While Chelsea have yet to win a major trophy this season, Liverpool already have one title in their cabinet, having won the Carling Cup in February, which could give them a psychological advantage over their opponents.
There are no doubts that the Blues have undergone a major turnaround since Roberto Di Matteo took over the reigns from Andre Villas-Boas, but there is still a lot of work to be done if Chelsea are to end the season on a high.
The Stamford Bridge outfit virtually said goodbye to a top 4 finish with midweek’s defeat to Newcastle, although they can still qualify for Europe’s top competition by beating Bayern in the Champions League final.
However, they first need to make sure to enter the most important game of the season on a high, and for that the Blues need to pip Liverpool to the FA Cup trophy.
David Luiz and Gary Cahill continue to miss out, but Juan Mata, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba are expected to start after being rested in midweek.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech – Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole – Lampard, Essien – Ramires, Mata, Kalou – Drogba.
Liverpool may have had another pretty disappointing Premier League campaign, but the Reds have already won the Carling Cup title and are hoping to add the FA Cup trophy to their cabinet as well.
The Carling Cup trophy alone cannot turn this season into a success seeing that Kenny Dalglih’s side once again missed out on a top 4 finish, but another domestic Cup could make all the difference.
Liverpool have been showing signs of promise of late, although after taking just one point from last four Premier League fixtures at Anfield, the Reds would probably be delighted to be facing Chelsea at Wembley instead.
The Reds have been doing well in Cup competitions this season and they are 2.25 (5/4) at Bodog to lift the coveted trophy.
Kenny Dalglish will have a host of first team regulars return to the side after they were rested against Fulham, but Lucas Leiva and Charlie Adam remain sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Reina – Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique – Henderson, Spearing – Bellamy, Gerrard, Downing – Suarez.