It has undoubtedly been a disappointing campaign for Liverpool in the Premier League, they failed to challenge for a top four finish, which was the aim at the start of the season and are running the risk of finishing below neighbours Everton for only the second time since the Toffees won the title in 1987.
Nevertheless, some pundits might understandably suggest that football is all about trophies and as Kenny Dalglish’s Carling Cup winners, head to Wembley on Saturday looking to double their silverware haul in the FA Cup final, it could be argued that the Reds can chalk it up as a successful season if they ultimately overcome Chelsea, an outcome bet365 price at 5/4.
The Blues have also under-performed in the league but have this match as well as the small matter of the Champions League final in which to redeem themselves and they’re 4/6 with Boylesports to land the cup for the third time in four years.
It follows that Roberto Di Matteo’s troops are BetVictor’s 6/4 favourites to prevail in normal time at the expense of Liverpool, William Hill’s 21/10 outsiders but as both teams have excelled in cup competitions this term it could that they cancel each other out and Boylesports post 23/10 against the pair being inseparable across the 90 minutes.
At chunkier odds of 11//2 via Coral is a 1-1 scoreline and with the prospect of a stalemate significant, a case can be made for backing both teams at 11/1 apiece via Skybet and bet365, to triumph via the lottery of a penalty shootout, a combination that guarantees eventual odds of 11/2.
The Wembley showdown meanwhile, also sees two in-form marksmen with recent hat tricks to their names, potentially face-off. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is an 8/1 (BetVictor) shot to break the deadlock but facing up to his former club, the rejuvenated Fernando Torres could be the man to follow; he’s available at 15/2, this time courtesy of Stan James, to notch first.