Saturday 11 May 2013 | Wembley | Kick-off 17:15
Coverage: Live on ITV & ESPN
Prize Money: Winning club receives £1.8m and runner-up £900,000
Tickets: Sold out.
Match Officials: Andre Marriner – Stephen Child, Simon Long, Anthony Taylor and Gary Beswick
CITY – Costel Pantilimon should start the game in what could quite possibly be his last game for the club. The Romanian goalkeeper, who has played every round of this season’s FA Cup conceding only one goal, has strongly hinted he needs to leave to further his career. Scott Sinclair is out due to a blood clot on his shoulder. City have no other injury concerns, with Yaya Toure fit after being taken off at half-time in the draw away to Swansea and missing the win against West Brom.
WIGAN – Wigan have a number of injury concerns. Maynor Figueroa (groin), Jean Beausejour (hamstring), Ivan Ramis (knee) and Ronnie Stam (ankle) are all definitely out, while Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) could also miss out.
Manchester City have won 14, drawn five and lost six of the 25 previous league and cup meetings with Wigan.
City have never failed to score a goal in each of the 18 FA Cup matches that Roberto Mancini has been in charge of.
The Latics did not manage a single goal against City in any of those defeats, and last breached their defences in the 1-1 home draw in October 2009, again in the Premier League. The 2-1 victory in the previous home clash in September 2008 was Wigan’s last victory over City.
Wigan are hoping to claim the first major piece of silverware of their 81-year history, and become the 43rd different club to win the FA Cup.
Roberto Mancini, looking to guide City to a second FA Cup win in three seasons, faced the press ahead of this year’s Wembley final and was keen to stress the importance of the match.
It is very important because it is a final, the second final in the last three years. It is important for us and the club. When you start the season you want to win the best trophies and more every year but it is not always possible.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, speaking in the official matchday programme, said:
We’re not here to make up the numbers. We want to enjoy the day and the achievement of getting here, but the moment the whistle goes it’s a game that we want to win.
written and compiled by Rob Pollard