Gerrard: Chelsea are cup favourites

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes Chelsea are slight favourites going into Saturday's FA Cup, final but insisted that his side does not fear their opponents.

The Blues go into the cup final on great form, having dispatched QPR 6-1 last weekend at Stamford Bridge. Their success this season has coincided with the emergence of interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has masterminded his side's progression into two cup finals and given them an outside chance of climbing into the top four.

In contrast, Liverpool have endured a disappointing season in the Premier League but have shone in the cup competitions, having already secured the Carling Cup in this campaign's first trip to Wembley.

Reds talisman Gerrard has been involved in some classic encounters with Chelsea in the past, but revealed he never gets tired of facing the London club as the two side's prepare for this weekend's face-off.

Speaking to the LFC magazine, he said: "I don't think we ever get bored of playing them, they are fantastic clashes with top players all over the pitch."

The Liverpool skipper did concede that Di Matteo's side enter the tie as pre-match favourites, but revealed that his team are confident of overturning their opponents in the capital on Saturday.

"Whenever we've played them we've never gone into these contests lacking belief," added Gerrard.

"We've definitely held our own, if not got the better of them. I won't deny that it's going to be difficult, they've shown some very good form under Di Matteo, so they are probably slight favourites."

The Reds currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, having suffered another Anfield defeat last night to Fulham. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish gave several squad players the opportunity to impress before the Wembley final, but the Reds went down 1-0 to Martin Jol's Cottagers.

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