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Stuart Dalgleish 26th May 2009 - 11:48

Glorious Guus can leave on a high

Chelsea take on Everton in the 128th FA Cup final this Saturday, the third at the new Wembley.

Guus Hiddink's team are the favourites to lift the trophy at 2/5 but are yet to score against Everton this season; drawing 0-0 twice in Premier League matches, the latter of the two goalless draws was one of only three games in which the Blues haven't scored in since Hiddink took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.

The game will be the 22nd and last match of the Dutchman's short reign in charge at Stamford Bridge, and he's really turned the fortunes round of the previously stuttering Blues.

Towards the end of 'Big Phil's' time at the Bridge, Chelsea were lacklustre and struggled to finish off opposition, in particular the likes of Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda failed to make impacts for the Brazilian manager.

Blues fans must be wishing the season had another month or so to run, as John Terry and co would surely have pushed Manchester United all the way in the race for the title with Hiddink at the helm.

As for Everton, it's been another fine campaign for the Merseyside outfit. All season long the Toffees have had to be without key players such as; Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Louis Saha and Yakubu Aiyegbeni, but still they've managed to earn a top five finish and reach the cup final - a great effort for a small squad.

To add to Everton's woes, hero from the semi-final and recently crowned player of the season, Phil Jagielka will unfortunately miss the Wembley showpiece after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester City. He joins an already packed treatment table with Victor Anichebe and Nuno Valente both crocked as well as the aforementioned Arteta and Yakubu.

Chelsea are 4/6 to get the job done in 90 minutes, which they have done in two of their last three FA Cup finals, not conceding a goal in any of those games, the Blues are 2/5 just to pick up the trophy. Three of the last four finals have finished level after 90 minutes so the draw price of 21/10 might prove tempting, 0-0 could look good value at 15/2. David Moyes' men, without a victory against Chelsea in 22 attempts, are 4/1 to emerge triumphant in 90 minutes, 15/8 to lift the trophy for the sixth time by any means.

The competition's top scorers Chelsea will be looking to send Guus Hiddink off with a bang, and one man who knows how to bang the ball in the back of the net is Premier League golden boot winner Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman is also the joint leading scorer of this season's FA Cup and at 6/1 looks a great price to notch the first goal of the game.

Everton, as mentioned, have had their (un)fair share of injuries this season and as such their leading scorers are yet to reach double figures. Tim Cahill (12/1 to score the first of the match) and Marouane Fellaini (14/1) are both on nine goals for the season and would love to make it a perfect ten by grabbing a Wembley goal.

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Chelsea v Everton - Saturday 15:00

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