Manchester City vs. Wigan: Complete FA Cup Final Preview

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMay 10, 2013

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Original image IDs are 114494407 (left) and 134153932. ***LEFT IMAGE*** STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Manager Roberto Martinez of Wigan looks on ahead of the pitch ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Wigan Athletic at Britannia Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on November 27, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The magic of the FA Cup will be in full flow when Manchester City and Wigan meet on Saturday.

Neutrals may be hoping for the relegation-threatened side to win the trophy, and create a great story in the process, while City will be looking to salvage some respectability for the season.

The two sides have fulfilled both their Premier League encounters already this season, and City came out on top on both occasions

City have won the title five times in all, with their most recent win in the 2010/11 season helping to propel them their Premier League title last season.

This will be Wigan's first appearance in the final of the tournament, and they'll certainly be looking to make it a special one.

Here is a complete preview of the match with the latest team news and projected lineups.


Manchester City Team and Injury News

City's main goal recently has been to solidify second-place position, with Chelsea lurking in the shadows.

The Citizens have picked up three wins, one loss and one draw in their last five games. One of those wins came against Wigan.

With the firepower in the squad, and their previous results against opposition, City players may be confident of a win.

Scott Sinclair looks to be the only missing player for City heading into the game, so Roberto Mancini will have a virtually full strength City side at his disposal(via FantasyFootballScout).

Swansea City Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia; James Milner, David Silva, Samir Nasri; Sergio Aguero 


Wigan Team and Injury News

Wigan may, or may not, like the distraction that the FA Cup final is bringing, as they have an important game against Arsenal during the middle of next week.

The Latics have won one, drawn one and lost three of their last five Premier League games. They are just inside the relegation zone, and are three points away from Newcastle.

A win would certainly boost morale, but if it would be small consolation if they expend a lot of energy and lose against Arsenal.

There are a lot of injuries for Roberto Martinez to deal with, with key players such as Maynor Figueroa and Ivan Ramis to miss out (via FantasyFootballScout).

Wigan Projected Lineup (4-3-3): Ali-Al Habsi; Emmerson Boyce, Paul Scharner, Gary Caldwell, Roger Espinoza; James McArthur, James McCarthy, Ben Watson; Shaun Maloney, Arouna Kone, Callum McManaman


Players to Watch

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero 

Can the Argentinian increase his status with the Manchester City faithful by bringing in even more silverware? He certainly has the ability to do that.

Sergio Aguero hasn't been able to replicate his form from his debut season, but one game-winning goal could wash away a lot of his disappointments this season.


Wigan: Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell will have to marshal a back line that is missing a lot of key players for such a significant game.

Wigan have given up three goals against City this season, but 10 goals against them in the last five games is a disastrous return.

The defense will have to be in top form, and Caldwell the captain will have to lead the way.


*Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN FC.