FA Cup — 11 May 2013

Roberto Martinez and Roberto Mancini will both be looking for victory in the FA Cup finalManchester City and Wigan go head-to-head in the FA Cup final later today.

The two teams are in contrasting positions in the top flight.

Manchester City may not have won the Premier League title, but still have some top quality players.

Wigan has endured another season of fighting relegation at the bottom of the Premier League table.  

Staying in the top flight is obviously their priority, I am sure that boss Roberto Martinez and his team could do without the distraction of the cup final.

Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011, while the Latics have never appeared in an FA Cup final. Wigan will be hoping that a cup final appearance will provide the spark they need to aid their survival bid.

Manchester City has had a slightly harder route to the FA Cup, having beaten Watford, Stoke, Leeds, Barnsley and Chelsea. Wigan have beaten just one top flight team on their way to glory, with that coming in the incredible 3-0 victory at Everton in the quarter-finals.

The other teams that the Latics have beaten to reach the final are Bournemouth, Macclesfield, Huddersfield and Millwall. The side from Lancashire will go into the clash as major underdogs.

Manchester City are expected to start with Costel Pantilimon in goal, in-place of usual number one keeper Joe Hart. Midfield man mountain Yaya Toure will return in the centre of midfield, after missing the midweek game with West Brom.

Winger Scott Sinclair is the only first team player that is unavailable to boss Roberto Mancini, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has some selection dilemmas ahead of him with a big visit to Arsenal on Tuesday in the Premier League.

Defender Antolin Alcaraz is a doubt with a hamstring injury and could be rested. Ali Al-Habsi could return in place of on-loan Joel Robles, who has become the regular number one in Premier League games.

Who will claim the FA Cup later today?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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