With the only trophy in sight for Manchester City and relegation looming large over Wigan, Wembley prepares for an interesting FA Cup final clash.
Wembley Stadium | Date: 11 may 2013 | Kick Off: 5.15 UK Time | Referee: Andre Marriner
Having previously won the same title in 2011, Manchester City will definitely be the favorites to clinch the title once again. that would make it the 3rd title in 3 season for Roberto Mancini’s side, whose future at the club is also under a cloud.
Wigan’s situation in the Premier League is anything but comfortable. With relegation looming large and Roberto Martinez continuously linked with the vacant Everton job, things could not have been more twisted for the Latics. But then it could also be season saver as a positive result in this fixture with definitely lift the spirit around the club. Something which highly need in the remaining games.
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Both the sides met each other on 17 Apr 13 when Manchester City won 1-0 at the Etihad through a late Carlos Tevez goal.
Manchester City might have got all the 3 points but Wigan looked pretty close to it as well. They were defensively tight and created enough chances especially the trio of Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone.
Probable Starting Lineups
Manchester City – Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, Barry, Nasri, Silva; Tevez, Aguero
Wigan Athletic – Robles; Boyce, Caldwell, Scharner; Espinoza, Watson, McArthur, McManaman, McCarthy; Maloney; Kone
Route to the Finals
Manchester City won against Chelsea, Barnsley, Leeds United and Stoke City to reach this far. They have scored at least one goal in their last 18 matches in FA Cup and have only conceded once this season.
Wigan overcame Millwall, Everton, Huddersfield Town and Macclesfied Town to reach the finals. But they have never against Manchester City in the last 7 encounters.
David Platt and Matija Nastasic preview the FA Cup Final
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