So Liverpool have reached their first final at the new Wembley and the first time at Wembley (new or old) since 1996, when the famous spice boys wore their white suits. Now I don't mind a white suit but not at a final, making them look bad and then going on to lose the game. I am very sure the 2012 side will not be wearing white suits as they come onto the new Wembley for the first time.
It is going to be the first time ever some of the players have played at Wembley including the likes of Jose Enrique, Jamie Carragher and Luis Suarez. For Cardiff they will try not to let the big stadium overwhelm them on this occasion. As Liverpool will be favourites I think they can step up to the plate and lift the first piece of silver-wear since 2006 when they won the FA Cup, winning on penalties after it was 3-3 AET against West Ham.
My Liverpool side prediction is:
Johnson Carragher Skrtel Enrique
Kuyt Gerrard Adam Downing
I think they will set up like this because finally Carroll is starting to look like a good player and the player he was at Newcastle. Also after what I thought was a man of the match performance for Stewart Downing against Brighton last week, I would pick him ahead of Bellamy, but then bring on Bellamy regardless of the score as he can turn a game around for you within moments or can keep the ball and link up well. I would start Carragher ahead of Agger as Jamie Carragher deserves every final we get into as he is a true scouse. I can also see Henderson being brought on as well as he has really impressed me since the first game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, possibly for Dirk Kuyt.
If we need goals at some point during the game we can easily change to a 4-2-4 with Kuyt and Downing pushing forward, or a 4-3-3 if Kuyt was brought off for Henderson and play Gerrard between Adam and Henderson, then bring on Bellamy for Downing and play Bellamy and Suarez on the sides of Carroll, and with the pace of Suarez and Bellamy they can tear any defence apart.
My prediction for the final score is 3-1 to Liverpool FC with goals from Suarez, Bellamy and either Kuyt or Gerrard and Kenny Miller scoring for Cardiff.
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