FA Cup Final Betting: Man City v Wigan - Fan v Fan Preview



Man City perspective: Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC

Team news

Yaya Toure has been declared fit to play, meaning City have virtually a full squad to pick from. Only Scott Sinclair, who has been diagnosed with a blood clot on his shoulder, is absent. Roberto Mancini rotated heavily in midweek, and only Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez are likely to retain their places from the side that beat West Bromwich Albion. Costel Pantilimon is likely to make his final appearance for the club in goal.

Form

We are in reasonable form going into the final, having only lost one of our previous eight games. With runner-up spot in the league virtually secured, the last few games have been fairly lacklustre affairs but the hope is that the players are saving themselves for the final. Our season pretty much depends on it.

Head-to-head

Our overall record against Wigan is good, with 14 victories and five draws from 26 games played. Under Roberto Mancini we have won seven consecutive games against the Latics, without conceding a single goal.

Best bets

City to win at 1.33. Whilst you can never take anything for granted, particularly in a cup final, much of the evidence points towards a City victory. Wigan are suffering from injuries, and Premiership survival is their overriding priority.

Yaya Toure to score first at 8.50. The Ivorian always plays well at Wembley, and I see him opening the scoring here.

City clean sheet at 1.92. Our defence has been impressive of late. I think we'll shut Wigan out.

Score prediction: Man City 2-0 Wigan (7.00)

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Wigan perspective: Paul Farrington, Wiganer.net

Team news

Unfortunately it is very much a case of the walking wounded for the Latics at the moment as the FA Cup run and relegation battle have taken their toll on our squad. Ivan Ramis, Maynor Figueroa, Antolin Alcaraz, Ronnie Stam, and Jean Beausejour are all missing from our defensive line-up. We do have an abundance of forward players, however, following the emergence of Callum McManaman and the return to form of Shaun Maloney.

Form

Things don’t look too bright in the league following the midweek defeat to Swansea but our cup form has been very impressive. Given our likely relegation one last big cup performance can be expected.

Head-to-head

Since the money rolled into the blue half of Manchester we have had a tough time against City. We lost 2-0 at home to Roberto Mancini's side but put up a good fight at the Etihad, edging a game we eventually lost 1-0. We have proven we cannot perform consistently over the course of a season but in a 90-minute game we are capable of beating anyone.

Best bets

Callum McManaman to score first at 16.00. The former Everton youngster has been in scorching hot form of late and will be keen to make an impact.

Wigan to win the trophy at 4.60. We may be underdogs, but we're perfectly capable of springing a surprise.

Both teams to score at 1.86. We’ve got a poor defence but a good attack. It should make for an entertaining final.

Score prediction: Man City 1-1 Wigan Athletic (9.75) (Wigan to win in extra time)

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