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Match of the Day Live: The League Cup Final

Match of the Day Live: The League Cup Final

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It might look lopsided, but the Premier League Reds versus the Championship Bluebirds, Liverpool v Cardiff City (kick-off 4pm), should be electric. Liverpool have never been to the new Wembley stadium, while Cardiff have made two recent visits, losing the FA Cup final in 2008 and the Championship play-off final in 2010. Since 2001 they’ve risen from the Football League basement to knock on the Premier League door.

Liverpool are seven-time winners and will be favourites by a mile. But Kenny Dalglish was in charge in 1988, during his first stint managing the club, when the Crazy Gang beat the Culture Club in the FA Cup at Wembley. He won’t countenance a repeat.

Summary

Liverpool v Cardiff City (Kick-off 4.00pm). Gary Lineker presents coverage of the showpiece match at Wembley Stadium, where the winner of the first major trophy of the season will be decided. The Reds have defeated the likes of Stoke City, Chelsea and Manchester City to reach the final and go into the match as clear favourites in their first visit to the national stadium since it was rebuilt. However, the Bluebirds, who defeated Crystal Palace on penalties in the semi-finals, have been in good form in the Championship and will fancy their chances of producing an upset. With commentary by Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson, and analysis by Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer. Subsequent programmes subject to change.

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