Preview & Betting For The 2010 FA Cup Final

April 16th, 2010

In England, when the regular football season draws to a close, and title winners is the hot topic, it means only one thing – the FA Cup Final is getting close.

Considered one of the most prestigious honours in English football is the title of being an FA Cup winner.

The magic of the tournament is that every club in the Premier League and Football League are eligible, and any club in the next six levels of the English football league system as long as they have played in either the FA Cup, FA Trophy of FA Vase competition the previous year compete for the coveted prize.

The 2010 FA Cup tournament saw 762 clubs start out, all working their way throughout the knock out phases hoping to make the final, to be held at the prolific Wembley Stadium on the 15th of May.

Considered one of the most prestigious honours in English football is the title of being an FA Cup winner.

The semi-finals of the 2010 FA Cup were held over the 10th and 11th of April, and were battled between Aston Villa FC, Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and Portsmouth FC.

Chelsea FC and Portsmouth FC both made it through to the prolific final and will battle it out, with the experienced Chris Foy given the honours to referee the match.

The finalists have met twice in the 2009-10 Premier League, with Chelsea triumphant on both occasions – 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and 5-0 at Fratton Park.

In the semi-finals, Chelsea beat Villa 3-0 at Villa Park, with Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard all hitting the back of the net for the Blues in a struggle between the sides.

On the way to the final, Chelsea have had a relatively easy run of it, facing Stoke City FC, Cardiff City, Preston North End FC and Watford FC in their campaign.

As defending Champions, Chelsea have won the FA Cup five times before, and this would be their sixth if they manage the win at Wembley.

The London side are currently sitting on top of the 2010 Barclays Premier League, and look set to win the 2010 Premiership title race – while still being clear favourites to walk away FA Cup winners at $1.25.

In total contrast, their challengers for the Cup – Portsmouth FC are right at the bottom of the table, and will definitely be playing in the Championship League next season.

No doubt the side will be looking for a sweet lining to their bitter season with a win at Wembley on the 15th of May.

Pompey have had a fairytale run in the 2010 FA Cup, in total contrast to their domestic campaign, and beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in their semi-final.

Playing at White Hart Lane, Pompey took Spurs into extra-time after a goalless 90 minutes, and saw Frédéric Piquionne break the drought and Kevin-Prince Boateng secure the win with a well struck penalty.

The road to the final for the relegated side was relatively tough, defeating Birmingham City FC, Southampton FC, Sunderland FC and Coventry City FC to get this far.

Portsmouth have won the FA Cup twice, ironically in 2008 – the one time Chelsea have not won in since 2007 and are going into the match at long odds of $10.

However, what the punter must remember is that the FA Cup is known for the fairytale story of the underdog, but will it continue in the final is the inevitable question.

Pompey went into the semi final against Spurs as very much the underdogs, after having had their relegation set in stone a day earlier, but overcame the odds and their upset, to beat the London side in a deserved manner.

Sportsbet currently have markets open for halftime/normal time scores double, with Chelsea/Chelsea being the safest at $1.57, while a Chelsea/Portsmouth combination is the most lucrative market at $51.

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