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Carling Cup Final: Cardiff City vs Liverpool Predictions & Discussion! 26/02/2012

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    liverpool should win, they will be hungry for a trophy, and i predict a rout, but won't rule out cardiff
    but go liverpoooolll :lfc:
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    (Original post by hasan4life)
    liverpool should win, they will be hungry for a trophy, and i predict a rout, but won't rule out cardiff
    but go liverpoooolll :lfc:
    Arsenal were desperate for a trophy last year, and the pressure got to them.
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    Liverpool 2 - 1 Cardiff
    Skrtel, Bellamy; Mason
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    (Original post by hasan4life)
    liverpool should win, they will be hungry for a trophy, and i predict a rout, but won't rule out cardiff
    but go liverpoooolll :lfc:
    Cardiff will be as hungry for a trophy. ....

    But still, expect a Liverpool win. 2-0. Own goal and Bellamy.
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    (Original post by -Someone-Like-You-)
    Arsenal were desperate for a trophy last year, and the pressure got to them.
    True that.
    Hilarious how fast their end of the stadium emptied. And a credit to the architect.
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    Some updates/preview/match-facts from the BBC website:

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    CARLING CUP FINAL
    Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Sunday 26 February
    Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD and online from 1500 GMT; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Merseyside; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; highlights on BBC One and online from 2305 GMT

    TEAM NEWS

    Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton has overcome an ankle ******* and is set to play in Sunday's Carling Cup final ahead of regular keeper David Marshall.
    Captain Mark Hudson will have a fitness test on a calf *******, while Stephen McPhail is also a doubt with an immune system disorder.
    Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is available to face his former club after an injection to ease a back *******.
    Daniel Agger is also set to return, having been rested in the FA Cup.
    MATCH PREVIEW

    You have to go back to the 1996 FA Cup final - infamous white suits and all - for Liverpool's last visit to Wembley. The current side know that Sunday represents an opportunity to leave a lasting impression for more positive reasons.
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    Savage Says - Carling Cup final
    Everyone at the club would certainly welcome that, given the controversy that has enveloped them for months as a result of Luis Suarez's indiscretions.
    The Suarez fall-out may arguably have damaged the Reds' reputation in the short term but it has also enabled Kenny Dalglish to build a siege mentality within his squad. That may work in Liverpool's favour as they look to win their first silverware since the FA Cup in 2006.
    Dalglish has taken the League Cup seriously all season, fielding strong teams in every round, and his side have beaten three Premier League teams to get this far.
    Dalglish himself was part of the Liverpool team that won the first four of their record seven League Cup victories in successive years between 1981 and 1984.
    The new Wembley Stadium is nothing new to Cardiff City and the club's supporters - this is their fourth visit in five seasons.
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    Anthony Gerrard on competing with Liverpool cousin Steven
    Only Kevin McNaughton, Stephen McPhail and Peter Whittingham remain from the side that were beaten by Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup final and who also overcame Barnsley in a Wembley semi-final - their only victory to date under at England's new national stadium.
    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay may not have experienced a major cup final before but he did achieve a hat-trick of promotions through the play-offs as a player so knows what it takes to win a one-off big game.
    He was rewarded in midweek for a fine first season at the club with a new contract that runs until 2016.
    The one guarantee from the 2012 League Cup is that a Gerrard will get his hands on the trophy, but which one will climb the 107 steps to Wembley's Royal Box as a winner: Reds captain Steve, or cousin Anthony, the Cardiff defender?
    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    The two clubs have only met once before in the League Cup: Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners in a fourth-round tie at Anfield in October 2007.
    Cardiff have won twice as many games as Liverpool in this fixture (18 wins to nine), with two matches drawn.
    Their 29 previous encounters have yielded 95 goals - an average of 3.2 goals per game. There has never been a goalless draw between the two clubs.
    Cardiff

    Cardiff, appearing in their first League Cup final, have become the 16th club from outside the top flight to reach the final, and the first since Birmingham in 2001, who incidentally were beaten by Liverpool.
    City's Carling Cup adventure has so far lasted 750 minutes, with four of their seven matches going to extra-time. Two of their victories came courtesy of penalty shoot-outs.
    The Bluebirds have beaten one Premier League side, three from the Championship, one from League One and one from League Two to reach the final.
    Malky Mackay's men are yet to win outside Wales in 2012 - a run of six matches in all competitions.
    Liverpool

    Liverpool are the most successful club in League Cup history, having won it seven times (latterly in 2003) and finished runners-up three times.
    The Reds have triumphed over lower division opposition in the League Cup final on three occasions: West Ham (1981), Bolton (1995) and Birmingham (2001).
    Kenny Dalglish's men have overcome three Premier League clubs, one Championship side and a League One outfit to reach Wembley this season.
    Liverpool have found the net in each of their last 11 Carling Cup outings. Their 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Chelsea in 2007 is the only time the Reds have failed to score in 44 League Cup matches.
    LEADING GOALSCORERS

    Cardiff

    Miller: 10 goals (1 in League Cup); Whittingham: 10 goals (1 in League Cup)
    Liverpool

    Suarez: 10 goals (3 in League Cup); Bellamy: 9 goals (3 in League Cup)
    MATCH OFFICIALS

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    Assistant referees: Simon Beck and Mick McDonough
    Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
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    Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

    Bellamy
    Skrtel header :P
    Gerrard

    Whittingham
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    Liverpool 3-2.

    Think it will be a Miller brace and a Carroll hatrick.

    That would be interesting
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    (Original post by -Someone-Like-You-)
    Arsenal were desperate for a trophy last year, and the pressure got to them.
    true lol, but this is liverpool, we thrive on finals, we are quite successful, plus we have experienced players who can hack the pressure unlike arsenal like the west ham fa cup and the legend match, against ac milan too

    (Original post by Kevmeister)
    Cardiff will be as hungry for a trophy. ....

    But still, expect a Liverpool win. 2-0. Own goal and Bellamy.
    true, but i meant liverpool have a stronger team on paper, so if liverpool do perform to full potentiol they should win
    btw love your sig :yy:
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    cardiff 1 -0

    remember what happened to arsenal vs birmingham !
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    3-1 Liverpool
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    (Original post by James A)
    cardiff 1 -0

    remember what happened to arsenal vs birmingham !
    Good lad! I'm a little surprised because you have an England flag, but atleast one more vote for us
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    This day is dragging!!
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    Going to be incredibly boring and predict a dull 2-0 Liverpool victory.
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    C'mon redmen!! Beat those sheepshaggin b@stards. BRING IT HOME!!
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    I hate how all the pundits say "The only place to be in modern day football is the Champions League". It's cup final day for christs sake, can we talk it up rather than bleat on about that over-rated european competition which is Barcelona's to lose every year!

    Hope we get an entertaining game and not a bore fest.
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    **** ha
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    Kenny's face
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    Rofl, don't worry 'pool, Carroll (the most prolific striker in the world) will save you.
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    Am I the only person in Cardiff who hasn't gone???
    DAMN YOU SEASON TICKET HOLDERS!!!

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