Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will face off in the FA Cup at Wembley this morning for the last piece of silverware on offer for the English domestic season. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 2.15am AEST.
After what can only be described as an underwhelming season, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has had to deal with speculation surrounding his job in the lead-up to this game, with Manuel Pellegrini reported to have already reach an agreement with the club.
City also have a host of first-team regulars, including Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Gareth Barry, nearing the end of their contracts and today’s game could be their opportunity to sign off their spells at City with silverware.
Despite being substituted at half time against Swansea last weekend Yaya Toure has been passed fit and is expected to start, while Mancini has confirmed that Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon will start in goal after featuring throughout City’s Cup run.
For Wigan this game could hardly have come at a worse time, with the club needing two wins from their last two English Premier League fixtures to have any hope of avoiding relegation.
Roberto Martinez has a host of injury concerns, with Antolin Alcaraz and Jean Beausejour both doubtful to start in the final, while several other regulars have already had their seasons ended.
Not that it will matter for the Latics this afternoon, who will be aiming to lift their first major trophy in their history.
When the two sides met in the EPL this season City were victorious on both occasions, winning 2-0 at the DW Stadium before an 83rd minute Tevez winner saw them take the three points at Etihad Stadium.
On paper this should the blue half of Manchester should at least partially take the focus away from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement with their sixth FA Cup win.
But this is a Cup final and strange things can happen. They haven’t displayed it much lately but Wigan can play some attractive football at times and City aren’t exactly playing brilliantly themselves.
Can they do it? Find out from 2.15am AEST as we cover the action with live scores and commentary.