Manchester City and Wigan Athletic are to fight for the FA Cup on Saturday evening, at Wembley. Both sides are looking to salvage a disappointing Premier League season, with the Latics still in danger of relegation from English football's top tier. City hope to lift the FA Cup for the second time in three years, and the sixth time in the club's history, having failed to retain their Premier League crown.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 5.15pm BST. Coverage is on ITV 1, ITV 1 HD, ESPN UK and ESPN UK HD and BBC Radio 5 live.
Roberto Mancini's men beat Chelsea 2-1 to reach Wembley, with former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero the heroes. The FA Cup run also includes a 4-0 win over Leeds United and a 5-0 hammering of Barnsley. The Chelsea goal was the first City have conceded in the competition so far.
Overall, Mancini has won three of his last five games, with the surprise 1-3 defeat to Tottenham the only blip. The Etihad club have, of course, surrendered their league championship to rivals Manchester United and after elimination from the Champions League, the FA Cup is their last chance of silverware for the season.
City beat West Brom 1-0, at home, in their last game. The players have been beaten only once in the last eight games in all competitions (the defeat to Spurs) and this will provide a huge boost in confidence, particularly since the run includes defeats of both Chelsea and United.
Wigan qualified after beating Championship side Millwall. Scotland international Shaun Maloney gave the Latics an early lead and Callum McManaman guaranteed a trip to Wembley in the final quarter. Martinez's progress to the final included an impressive 3-0 defeat of Everton in the quarter-final.
Overall, Wigan are not in particularly good form, with only one win from their last five games in all competitions. The 3-2 defeat of the Baggies, at the Hawthorns, was the only win. The club's league form does not inspire confidence - three wins in eight games - and with only two games left in the season, the Latics need a minor miracle to escape relegation.
Wigan will travel to the Emirates in midweek and face Aston Villa at home in their final games of the season. An improbable win over City could be just the tonic they need to kick-start a relegation dogfight.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W L W
- Last Match: Manchester City 1 - 0 West Bromwich Albion
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W D L L
- Last Match: Wigan Athletic 2 - 3 Swansea City
Romanian international Costel Pantilimon has been City's No 1 in the cup, but the giant stopper has - surprisingly - been dropped in favour of regular goalkeeper Joe Hart for the final. Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure has been declared fit and will start. Argentines Carlos Tevez and Aguero are likely to lead the attack, with captain Vincent Kompany the key man in defence.
Line-Up: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Silva, Nasri, Tevez; Aguero
Wigan have a number of injury problems, with the defence the most severely hit. Centre-backs Ivan Ramis (knee) and Maynor Figueroa (groin) are definitely unavailable. Jean Beausejour is out, but Antolin Alcaraz (both hamstring) has passed a late fitness test. Albert Crusat (knee) is a long-term loss and Ronnie Stam (leg) is unavailable.
Line-Up: Joel; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Espinoza; McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur; McManaman, Maloney; Kone