Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Final, FA Cup
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Saturday 11th May, 2013
Redferee: Andre Marriner
Wigan Athletic face a huge challenge when they meet Premier League giants Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup, the showpiece match of May.
Manchester City Preview
Manchester City will go into this game fired up by the disappointment of losing the Premier League title to Manchester United. They will be the heavy favourites across many betting markets having beaten Chelsea in the semi-final to get to this stage.
Injuries and Suspensions
Right back Maicon and midfielder Jack Rodwell are the only major injury doubts ahead of this game.
City are the odds on favourites to win at 3/8.
Wigan Athletic Preview
Wigan secured a comfortable win over Millwall in the semi-finals but there is little doubt they are the massive underdogs heading into this final considering their Premier League position.
Injuries and Suspensions
Wigan are missing a long list of players ahead of the final; Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, Roman Golobart, Ryo Miyaichi, Michael Pollitt and Ivan Ramis. Maynor Figueroa and Fraser Fyvie are also rated as doubts.
If you think Wigan can pull off a surprising win then 130/19 is available from Betfair.
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Stats
What works in Manchester City’s favour heading into the final is that they have scored over 60 goals home and away in the Premier League. Determination has the effect of making an attack more precise and the Premier League and Champions League disappointments this season will only enhance that effect.
City are also aided by the fact Wigan have conceded over 60 goals in the Premier League and they have won only one out of their last five matches in all competitions, which was that win over Millwall.
Head to Head
In head-to-head meetings between the teams, there have never been any fixtures on neutral ground. However, from all meetings City have double the number of wins as Wigan with 12 compared to six.
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Prediction
There is only one winner here and as much as Wigan will get themselves up for the match, they simply don’t have the strength in defence to withstand the waves of pressure that City will produce.
This is City’s last chance to secure some silverware this season and it’s important for them to win and take some momentum into next season as this will also maintain their belief they can compete against any English side in domestic competition.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Wigan Athletic
Back this score at best odds of 113/17 with Betfair.