Manchester City-Wigan Betting Preview: Expect Mancini's men to come out on top in another tight FA Cup final

Having tipped the deposed champions to lift the trophy at 9/2 back in January, Al Hain-Cole fully expects them to finally repay his faith by edging a hard-fought final at Wembley
After meekly surrendering the Premier League title to their noisy neighbours, Manchester City will be hoping to salvage some pride from a disappointing season when they face Wigan in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

A win may not be enough to entirely paper over the cracks, but defeat is unthinkable for Roberto Mancini’s men, who are overwhelming 1/3 (1.33) favourites with Bet365 to lift the trophy. Well done to anyone who backed the 9/2 (5.50) advised in January.

Many have blamed the Latics’ cup run for their seemingly impending relegation, but they are still available at a massive 8/1 (9.00) to make it all worthwhile by collecting the club’s first ever piece of major silverware.

Alternatively, you can get odds of 17/4 (5.25) on the final going into extra-time for the first time since Chelsea’s win over Portsmouth three years ago.

The two sides played out a dress rehearsal for their Wembley engagement just under a month ago, when a Carlos Tevez goal gave City a scarcely-deserved 1-0 win.

That result was the seventh defeat in a row for Roberto Martinez’s side against this opponent, and the Spanish boss has not even seen his side score so much as a consolation goal in any of those games.

However, Wigan are not the only team who have struggled to break down the deposed champions’ defence recently, as Vincent Kompany & Co. have kept an impressive 14 clean sheets in 21 games since the turn of the year.

They are usually particularly mean in the FA Cup, shutting out the opposition in nine of their last 11 ties, winning nine of those.

All in all, odds of 11/10 (2.10) look rather generous on Manchester City winning to nil once again, and continuing the recent trend of tight cup finals.

Three of the last five showpieces have been won by a single goal to nil, including City’s victory over Stoke two seasons ago.

With three of the last five encounters also being won by that same score-line, it makes sense to back Mancini’s men to secure the narrowest of victories once again, at handy 7/1 (8.00) odds.

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Man City to win to nil at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365
Man City to win 1-0 at 7/1 (8.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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