From a financial perspective, Premier League survival is worth more to Wigan than lifting the FA Cup while boss Roberto Martinez insists that his priority is to keep his side in the top flight, however the final represents a huge day out for the club and on such a significant occasion in their history, it seems unlikely that the Latics will be anything other than entirely focused on the Wembley showpiece.
Nevertheless, it’s Manchester City that are well fancied to return home with the trophy, Coral pricing them at 4/11 to repeat their 2011 success in normal time and BetVictor marking 19/2 against Wigan.
The final is 4/1 with Stan James to require extra time but this is City’s only chance of silverware in what has otherwise been a fairly disappointing campaign so they’re sure to come out all guns blazing and their extra quality can tell in 90 minutes.
Still, they won’t find it easy against a Latics side under less pressure and that’s why the favourites might be worth an interest at 11/4 courtesy of Skybet to shade it by a one-goal margin. That was the outcome when the pair met in the Premier League a few weeks ago and a case can be made for a repeat of Manchester City’s 1-0 success from that clash, at 15/2 (BetVictor).
Alternatively, any triumph combined with a clean sheet for Roberto Mancini’s team is a 6/5 chance at William Hill and at the other end Carlos Tevez is an enticing 4/1 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock.