Man City v Wigan FA Cup Final Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
Citizens start as heavy favourites in Wembley showcase7th May 2013 / Lee A Jackson
Man City v Wigan Betting Preview
With the Latics still struggling to hang on to their Premier League status, there could be some silver lining to everything. They have a shot at winning their first FA Cup title, and with Man City having guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League, Wigan will be in the Europa League next term. So can Roberto Martinez’s men shake off their relegation worries and produce another big FA Cup performance this term? Or will City get their hands on it for the second time in three seasons?
Man City v Wigan Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Man City 4/11, Draw 15/4, Wigan 15/2
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Man City v Wigan Recommended Bet:
The Citizens have been enjoying some great form over the couple of months, and despite conceding their Premier League title to Manchester United, there is still some silverware in store for them. They start the FA Cup Final as overwhelming favourites, and beat Wigan twice in the Premier League this season, both times keeping the Latics off the scoresheet. Man City’s big moment in this season’s FA Cup, came in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the semi final. After looking in control for most of the match, the Citizens had to hold off a late surge by the defending champions to book their place back at Wembley in the final. This will be City’s 10th FA Cup Final, having won five of their previous nine.
Man City have only met Wigan twice before in the FA Cup, and on both occasions it was City who prevailed. The most recent encounter was back in the fourth round in 2006, the prior meeting to that coming all the way back in 1971. So City do take a 100% FA Cup record against the Latics into this meeting. Manchester City have won ten of their last 11 FA Cup matches, and they have kept clean sheets in nine of those matches during the impressive run. They are also on a streak of having scored in each of their last 18 FA Cup matches now (the second longest run behind Chelsea). Defensively this season, Man City have conceded just one goal since entering at the Third Round and they are the second top scorers so far this season (again, behind Chelsea). David Silva has been involved in four goals in his last two FA Cup appearances, while Carlos Tevez has scored five and assisted two in five FA Cup matches this season.
Wigan have not managed to score a single goal in their last seven meetings with Manchester City (all of those matchups coming in the league). It has led to them going on a seven match losing streak against the Citizens too. Despite their defence being leaky in the Premier League, the Latics have only conceded two goals so far in this season’s FA Cup campaign. Against top flight teams, Wigan have won only two of the last six matches in the FA Cup. Wigan’s big win en route to the final, came at Goodison Park when they beat Everton 3-0. This is their first ever FA Cup final, and the last team to win the trophy at the first attempt was Wimbledon back in 1988.
Wigan are heavy underdogs here and for all of their neat play, defensively they shoot themselves in the foot sometimes. City have the extra quality in depth to come off the bench as well and should enjoy the lions share of the match. Likely worth going for Man City To Win To Nil at a price of 23/20 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes
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13 of the last 17 all top-tier finals have seen one or both sides fail to find the back of the net
Wigan have failed to score in their last seven matches against the Citizens
City have won five of their nine previous FA Cup finals
Man City have conceded just one goal in this season’s FA Cup, Wigan just 2
The last five all top-tier finals have produced just nine goals
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