Carling Cup Final betting preview: Liverpool should ease past Cardiff City at Wembley

Kenny Dalglish's side are heavy favourites to record a win over the Bluebirds and William Duncan is backing the Premier League side to claim their first trophy since 2006
Liverpool have a golden opportunity to end their six-year wait for silverware when they face Championship side Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Kenny Dalglish’s side are hot favourites with the bookmakers and William Hill offer 2/5 (1.40) on Liverpool winning the match inside 90 minutes while Cardiff are rated as 15/2 (8.50) outsiders with the same firm. The draw is priced up at 5/2 (3.50).

Liverpool have overcome Exeter City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Stoke City, Chelsea and Manchester City on the road to Wembley and will feel that their time has come.

Cardiff City, who beat Oxford United, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace to set up this clash, will look to draw inspiration from Birmingham City, who upset the odds in last year’s final by beating Arsenal.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez will pose the biggest threat to Cardiff City’s dreams and the Uruguayan striker is the 9/2 favourite with William Hill to open the scoring on Sunday. Craig Bellamy is a 6/1 (7.0) chance with William Hill also offering a great “Match Winner” special on the Wales striker.

William Hill will pay 2/1 (3.0) if Bellamy scores at any time and Liverpool go on to lift the trophy and that carries plenty of appeal considering that Bellamy will probably have a little extra fire in his belly against the side that he made 35 appearances for during the 2010/2011 season.

Cardiff, though, have international strikers of their own and Scotland striker Kenny Miller is 12/1 (13.0) to score first at Wembley, while strike partner Rob Earnshaw of Wales is rated as a 14/1 (15.0) chance by William Hill to break the deadlock.

Presented with such an opportunity to end the club’s trophy drought, the big question is whether Liverpool’s stars will wilt or flourish.

Should they flourish, the 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill for Liverpool to lead at half time and full time carries huge appeal as does the 19/20 (1.95) for Liverpool minus a goal in the handicap betting and there is a feeling that Liverpool’s time has finally come once again.

Bet of the Day

Liverpool to win -1 (handicap) with William Hill
Craig Bellamy to score first at 6/1 (7.0) with Sportingbet

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