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Manager's eye Wembley prize
Al Jazeera looks at the 128th FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton.
Last Modified: 30 May 2009 11:43 GMT

Guus Hiddink has quickly become adored by Chelsea's fans [GALLO/GETTY]
Chelsea and Everton contest the FA Cup final in Guus Hiddink's last game in charge of the Blues and David Moyes' first final as a manager.

Hiddink will bid farewell to Chelsea after the encounter and the Dutch coach has earned a place in Chelsea supporters' hearts after an impressive, yet short, tenure since taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.

The Dutchman will no doubt see the clash as an ideal opportunity to bow out in style as he looks to land Chelsea's first piece of silverware since they won the competition in 2007.

The encounter is Everton's first final since they triumphed over Manchester United 14 years ago.

It will also be a fine landmark for three-time LMA Manager of the Year Moyes, who has previously failed to reach a final or lift a trophy during his seven-year reign on Merseyside.

Frank Lampard has given Chelsea a boost by declaring himself fit for the game. The England midfielder sat out last week's win over Sunderland with a knock but will start at Wembley, with Alex and Juliano Belletti (virus) also fit.

Everton have also received good news on the injury front, with Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar fully fit following recent worries over hamstring problems.

Road to Wembley

Under the control of Scolari and then Hiddink, Chelsea had few scares on their road to Wembley, one being Southend taking them to a reply after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the third round.

Ipswich, Watford and Coventry were all comfortably beaten until they met their first Premier League opposition in the semi-final, overcoming Arsenal 2-1.

For Everton, their route to the home of English football began at Macclesfield before they knocked out bitter rivals Liverpool in the fourth round via a replay. Victory over Aston Villa and Middlesbrough then followed before Moyes' men disposed of Manchester United after the match-up went to penalties.

Match facts

If selected, Ashely Cole will be vying for a fifth FA Cup winner’s medal, after winning the competition three times with Arsenal and once with Chelsea, a total not achieved since the 1890s.

Didier Drogba is aiming to hit the back of the net again Everton, and the omens look good. Drogba has scored in every domestic final he has appeared in for Chelsea, and every Wembley appearance he has made of the club.

Everton striker Louis Saha is hoping to make it fifth-time-lucky today. He has previously played for teams in four other FA Cup finals, but has either been injured or cup-tied so could not be selected to play in the Final.

Head to head

Everton have not beaten Chelsea in the last 22 of their 156 meetings.

Chelsea have won 14 and drawn eight in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup since Everton's 2-1 home league victory on 25 November 2000. Only once in those 22 games have Everton scored more than one goal in a game; the 2-3 home league defeat on 17 December 2006.

This season's two Premier League meetings were both goalless draws.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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