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P.J. Murray 25th Feb 2012 - 13:52

Can the Spice Boys prove too hot for Cardiff

Liverpool are gracing Wembley for the first time in 16 years as Kenny Dalglish looks to land the clubs first silverware in six years, the highly prestigious Carling Cup.

Their opponents on the day, the highly competitive Championship side, Cardiff City. Much has been made of the ability of this game to spur Liverpool up to FA Cup success and that Top Four position that they so desperately crave. It also will be nice for the club to write some positive headlines for a chance.

For Cardiff, their goal is promotion to the Premier League and to join fellow Welsh side, Swansea. But credit where credit is due, they have earned themselves a place in the final fair and square and they will be hoping to emulate Birmingham's cup win two years ago.

No matter what happens a Gerrard will be picking up the winner's trophy as Liverpool captain Steven faces his cousin Anthony.

Craig Bellamy will have no room for sentiment either as he comes face-to-face with his beloved Cardiff, the club he once said it was a dream to play for. Will it be a nightmare for the Welsh side as we are offering a Match Winner that he scores and Liverpool lift the trophy, originally 5/4 we have gone almost double at 2/1.

Cardiff (7/1) are massive underdogs, but are not adverse to winning once off big games as they have been promoted three times through the play-off route. All the pressure will be on a high favored Liverpool (4/9) side.

Kenny Miller is the danger man for The Blues and the Scot will need to be watched as he is aiming to repay Malky Mackay for saving his career.  He can be backed at 12/1 to open the scoring and 5/1 for an anytime goal. Although goals are something that the Welsh side have not been short on this season, there are a host of possibilities from which they can come.

Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are both looking for redemption, for altogether different reasons and some match winning strikes would go a long way toward that goal. Suarez is 9/2 to open the scoring while Andy Carroll is 6/1 (first goalscorer) to score a rare goal.

A popular scoreline in these finals is 2-1 to the winning side, with three of the last five finals ending 2-1. Liverpool to win on this scoreline is 15/2 while a 2-1 win to Cardiff is 25/1.

We have several specials priced up purely for the final, Air Jordan, Jordan Henderson to score a header at 11/1. And many more.

I can't see Liverpool running away with this and I think backing the Reds to win by one goal at 12/5 seems a solid punt.



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