FA Cup final: Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic - Preview

Last Updated: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 08:45

London: Yaya Toure has declared himself fit to start at the heart of Manchester City`s midfield in Saturday`s FA Cup final against Wigan.

The Ivorian missed City`s midweek victory over West Brom but has been training throughout the week after being brought off at half-time against Swansea last weekend.

Scott Sinclair is unavailable after undergoing surgery on a blood clot in his shoulder but otherwise Roberto Mancini has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Wigan, on the other hand, are currently decimated by injury problems. Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury while fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz faces a race to be fit having suffered a hamstring tear last month.

Jean Beausejour (hamstring) is also a doubt and Maynor Figueroa`s season has been ended by a groin problem, so Roberto Martinez is likely to continue with a flat back four.

To add to their woes, Ronnie Stam suffered a suspected broken leg less than a minute after coming off the bench in the 3-2 defeat to Swansea on Tuesday. Albert Crusat (knee) is a longer-term absentee.

STAT ATTACK

• Manchester City will be looking to lift the FA Cup for the sixth time on Saturday, which would draw them level with Newcastle and Blackburn on the all-time winners` list and put them within touching distance of seven-time winners Liverpool, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

• Under Roberto Mancini, City ended a trophy drought stretching back to 1976 when they won the FA Cup in 2011. They followed it up with the Premier League title a year later.

• Carlos Tevez is the top active goalscorer in this season`s competition with five goals, trailing only Aldershot`s Danny Hylton (eight) overall, but Mancini has suggested Edin Dzeko will start in attack and Sergio Aguero is also available.

• In reverse order, City have seen off Chelsea, Barnsley, Leeds, Stoke and Watford to reach the final. They did not concede a goal until their semi-final meeting with Rafa Benitez`s team.

• Wigan have never won a top-flight competition in their 81-year history. Their last trophy was the Second Division (now League One) title in 2002-03.

• The Latics have seen off Millwall, Everton, Huddersfield, Macclesfield and Bournemouth en route to the final. They needed a replay to see off the Cherries in the third round, but have conceded only two goals in six matches.

• Jordi Gomez and Callum McManaman top the FA Cup goalscoring charts for Martinez`s team, having bagged three goals each so far.

• If Wigan were to win at Wembley and finish the Premier League season in their current position of 18th, they would be the lowest-ranked side to win the FA Cup since West Ham in 1980. The Hammers were in the second tier when they beat Arsenal.

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First Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 08:53

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