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May 11, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
Wembley Stadium — London
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FA Cup Final Preview: Manchester City - Wigan

Roberto Mancini's side is the overwhelming favorite to win the FA Cup for the second time in three years when the two Premier League clubs clash at Wembley on Saturday.

By Oliver Platt

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Pantilimon
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Barry
Silva, Tevez, Nasri
Dzeko

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Joel
Boyce, Caldwell, Scharner, Espinoza
McCarthy, Watson, McArthur
McManaman, Kone, Maloney


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 from which to choose.

Wigan, on the other hand, is currently decimated by injury problems. Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, while fellow center 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 the Latics' 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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City will be looking to lift the FA Cup for the sixth time on Saturday, which would draw the club level with Newcastle and Blackburn on the all-time winners' list and put it 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 it won the FA Cup in 2011. The Citizens followed it up with the Premier League title a year later.
  • In reverse order, City has seen off Chelsea, Barnsley, Leeds, Stoke and Watford to reach the final. The club did not concede a goal until its semifinal meeting with Rafa Benitez's team.
  • Wigan has never won a top-flight competition in its 81-year history. The Latics' 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 its current position of 18th, it 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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