In just a few hours Chelsea have the chance to write their names into an elite group of clubs who’ve won the ‘double’ in England.
Avram Grant’s Portsmouth team, relegated from the Premier League this season, and riddled with all manor of financial problems, stand in our way.
With Chelsea coming off the back of a record 8-0 thrashing of Wigan last week, confidence will surely be at a premium, and that could be our downfall if we’re not 100% focused on the match, and nothing is assumed.
Porstmouth are currently a very wounded animal, will have many players looking to fashion an exit from the club, who may play above themselves in rising to the big occasion.
Chelsea should have enough to take Portsmouth comfortably, but for that to happen, Malouda, Lampard, Drogba and Anelka will need to get about the Pompey back line quickly, harrying them in possession and and not leaving them any time on the ball.
An early goal for Chelsea should settle this, however as the game goes on Portsmouth will gain confidence and so will their support.
If Chelsea kill this early, we could be on for a win of Wigan proportions, if not, then I expect a nervous 2-0 with a late goal being decisive.
Ladbrokes have Chelsea at 1/5 for the win, with the draw at 11/2, whilst Pompey are at lengthy odds of 12/1 to take the trophy back to the south coast.