Crusaders v Linfield (Sat)

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Irish Cup Final preview

JJB Sports Irish Cup final

Venue:
Windsor Park
Date:
Saturday, 5 May
Kick-off:
1430 BST
Coverage:
Live on BBC2 NI and Radio Ulster with updates on the BBC Sport website

Crues boss Stephen Baxter is confident his side can upset the odds in the Irish Cup final against the holders.

The Blues, who will complete a sixth league and cup double in seven seasons with victory at Windsor Park, beat Crusaders 2-1 in last year's decider.

"We will not go into the game with any fear, we'll go into it with a hunger to do well," said Baxter.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey believes overcoming the Crues will be a "massive challenge" for his team.

Crusaders have already won the League Cup this season and they will complete a treble if they land the Irish Cup and defeat Derry City in the Setanta Cup final later this month.

"I've watched them in the Setanta Cup and they were magnificent," added Jeffrey.

"They will be coming on the back of last year's final, so they will be highly motivated."

Linfield striker Peter Thompson will be aiming to continue his remarkable record in the competition, having scored 39 goals and failed to taste defeat in his 34 Irish Cup appearances.

Crusaders are targeting a fourth Irish Cup success, while for Linfield it would be a 42nd triumph.

"Linfield are a top team with class players throughout the side, and the game is at their home venue - it will be a tall order for us," added Baxter.

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