Can Drogba continue his fine Wembley form to win Chelsea the FA Cup? Ten key stats for this weekend's action

Ivory Coast international looks for his eighth Wembley goal, and fourth in the domestic cup final, when Roberto Di Matteo's men face off against the Reds in Saturday's showpiece
There are a host of crucial games across the country this weekend as Liverpool and Chelsea face off in the FA Cup final and important matters in the Premier League could begin to be be finalised as we enter the penultimate round of fixtures.

Starting with Saturday’s Wembley showpiece, Kenny Dalglish’s side will be hoping to put their disappointing Premier League campaign to the background as they look to claim their eighth FA Cup and, in doing so, their first domestic cup double since 2001.

Chelsea, who have also struggled to impress on a week-to-week basis, have won the trophy six times, but neither claimed the prize for the first 94 years of the competition's founding in 1871, until Liverpool's 1965 triumph and Chelsea's five years later 1970.

Focusing on the Premier League fixtures now and we start off at Arsenal where Arsene Wenger’s third-placed side host Norwich City. A win for the Gunners against the newly-promoted side will do wonders for their chances of securing Champions League qualification next season.

Speaking of which, fourth-placed Tottenham must improve their terrible May record away at relegation-threatened Aston Villa where three points, and a loss for Newcastle United at home to league-leaders Manchester City, will all but assure a top-four finish for Harry Redknapp.

Regarding the clash at the Sports Direct Arena, arguably the highlight of the weekend’s league fixtures will see Robero Mancini’s men attempt to keep setting the pace of the top of the table after leapfrogging Manchester United into top spot with a 1-0 win in the derby last Monday.

City currently lead their rivals on goal difference so any slip-up at the in-form Magpies will allow United to start their clash against Swansea knowing that they have a chance to take a points advantage into the final weekend with the title still in the balance.

At the bottom of the table we have the monstrously important relegation battle between Blackburn and Wigan on Monday night. A loss for Steve Kean’s side could confirm their relegation, depending on other results from Sunday, whereas a win for Roberto Martinez will all but guarantee that Wigan survive to play out another season in the top flight.

Those ‘other results from Sunday’ refer to QPR hosting Stoke City and Bolton welcoming West Brom. Neither home side can promise their fans safety with victory, but a tally of 37 points come the end of the weekend will be crucial to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

West Brom, in 10th, and Stoke, in 13th, are just playing for pride now, but, as we saw with Wolves’ recovery from 3-1 and 4-2 down to draw 4-4 against Swansea last weekend, once the pressure is off anything can happen.

The final two fixtures see Sunderland travel to Fulham, while already-relegated Wolves entertain Everton. Martin O’Neill and Martin Jol are both hoping their sides can secure a top-10 finish while David Moyes will be looking for the Toffees to extend their points lead over Merseyside rivals Liverpool to stand a chance of finishing the season above them for the first time in eight years.


7 – Didier Drogba has scored seven goals in seven Wembley appearances for Chelsea, including three goals in FA Cup finals.

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Norwich City

900 - Arsene Wenger will be celebrating his 900th game in charge of Arsenal when Norwich City come to town.

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Newcastle United
Manchester City

72 - Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is averaging a goal every 72 minutes since his arrival in January, an all-time Premier League best.

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Aston Villa

37.25 - Tottenham have won just 37.25 per cent of their 51 games in May since the Premier League began.

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West Brom

2 - Bolton have kept just two clean sheets at home all season, while West Brom have failed to score in their last three visits to the Hawthorns.

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6 - The Black Cats have only won just three of their last 15 Premier League meetings with Fulham, scoring just six in the process.

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Stoke City

19 - If all games ended at half-time, Stoke would be 19th in the Premier League standings. Their second-half performances rank them in eighth.

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163 - Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has made the highest number of saves in the Premier League this season with 163 of them, keeping out 69 per cent of shots in the process. The nearest challenger is Swansea City's Michel Vorm with 126.

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Manchester United
Swansea City

7 - Manchester United have won the final two games of the season in just seven times of their 19 seasons in the Premier League.

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Blackburn Rovers

457 - Despite the generally held view that Wigan attempt to play stylish, attractive football, Roberto Martinez's side actually rank as the team who have committed the most fouls over the course of the Premier League season with 457.

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