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Published on February 25th, 2012 | by Sportingly Better Tipster

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League Cup Final Betting Tips – Carling Cup Final 2012

Sunday 26th February 2012, Wembley Stadium, 16:00 GMT
Cardiff City v Liverpool

Match Odds

Cardiff 9.00
Draw 4.75
Liverpool 1.36

Team News

Cardiff captain Mark Hudson is a doubt with a calf problem and could face a fitness test and midfielder Stephen McPhail may not feature but goalkeeper Tom Heaton should return between the sticks for the Bluebirds.

For Liverpool Daniel Agger is set to return to the starting line up after being rested last time out in the 6-1 victory over Brighton in the FA Cup. Former Cardiff favourite Craig Bellamy may feature despite a back problem.

Match Preview

Championship side Cardiff City face the most successful club in League Cup history and unsurprisingly Liverpool are short priced favourites to win the first major silverware of the season.

Going into the weekend Cardiff sit 5th in the Football League Championship, seven points off leaders West Ham but Malky Mackay’s side have lost three out of their last four games in the league.

Liverpool have lost three out of the last five games in the league but have come through a much tougher route to the final edging passed Manchester City in the semi-final and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the quarter final. Cardiff’s only opponents of note have been Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and the Welsh side have needed extra time twice along with penalties to secure their place at Wembley.

Road to Wembley

Cardiff
Oxford United     1–3     Cardiff City (AET)
Cardiff City     5–3     Huddersfield Town (AET)
Cardiff City  2–2     Leicester City (7-6 pen)
Cardiff City     1–0     Burnley
Cardiff City     2–0     Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace     1–0     Cardiff City | Cardiff City    1–0     Crystal Palace (3-1 pen)

Liverpool
Exeter City     1–3     Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion     1–2     Liverpool
Stoke City     1–2     Liverpool
Chelsea     0–2     Liverpool
Manchester City     0–1     Liverpool | Liverpool     2–2     Manchester City

Liverpool will have to keep an eye on Cardiff’s Peter Whittingham and Kenny Miller, but the quality of the Premier League side should tell in Sundays Carling Cup final with Suarez, Bellamy and Gerrard likely to unlock Cardiff’s stubborn resillience in a tight low scoring game.

Best Bet: Liverpool to win @1.40
Value Bet: Liverpool to win PLUS under 2.5 goals @3.25
Long Shot: Liverpool 2-0 @6.00

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