By Josh Powell | FA Cup Final Manchester City v Wigan
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement might have slightly overshadowed the FA Cup Final but at least that saves us from any ridiculous tripe Dave Whelan might come up with in the build-up to the game. Adrian Chiles will spend a solid TWO HOURS on our TV before the game spewing ‘FA Cup magic’ stuff but, let’s be honest, Wigan will need every spell in the book to conjure a shock on Saturday.
Manchester City are the red-hot 4/11 favourites to win in 90 minutes and 1/7 to lift the FA Cup. It’s not a massively attractive price for punters looking to have a dabble on the Final so here’s 5 bets at better odds which could set you up for a wild Saturday night.
Manchester City to win to nil – 5/4
Bobby Mancini’s men have beaten Wigan without conceding in the last seven meetings between these two. It has been almost 12 hours since Wigan troubled a City keeper which has given Joe Hart plenty of time to consider his next shampoo advert. In the nine games against Chelsea, Arsenal, City, United and Liverpool this season Wigan have scored just once so back them to draw a blank again on Sunday.
Under 2.5 goals – 5/4
Plenty of punters are expecting City to dish out a thrashing to Wigan whose defence has looked as reliable as the Irish weather. But FA Cup Finals don’t tend to be goal-fests. In the last 20 years 70 per cent of Finals have had under 2.5 goals including City’s 1-0 win over Stoke in 2011. Wigan’s last three games have had over 2.5 goals but the final will be a tighter affair. Backing the unders might not be the cool thing to be on in the pub, but it could be the smarter choice.
Manchester City to win 1-0 – 13/2
This game could pan out very similar to City’s 1-0 Final win over Stoke, with the plucky underdogs defending hard and trying to catch the big boys on the break. Clearly Stoke’s defence is slightly stronger than Wigan’s ragtag back four but three of the last five head-to-heads have finished 1-0 to City so it is very plausible.
Carlos Tevez to score first – 4/1
Tevez has been slightly under the radar this season. When we say under the radar, he hasn’t refused to come off the bench, gone AWOL for six months or held up any ‘RIP Fergie’ signs for a while. What he has been doing is bagging a few goals; 11 in the league this year, and only Edin Dzeko has more at City. The Argentinian has had 101 shots in the league this year, more than any other City player and takes an average of 3.2 shots per game. Using some flawless logic he hasn’t scored in over four and a half hours of football so he’s probably due one.
Yaya Toure to score and Manchester City to win – 5/2
If you’re a punter who chants the mantra ‘horses for courses’ than look no further than a Yaya Toure goal. The midfielder has three goals in five games at Wembley, bagging the winners against Manchester United and Stoke in 2011. Whether it is the over-priced seats, the corporate sandwiches or the way the turf cuts up because of last month’s Atomic Kitten gig Toure loves Wembley. It would be no surprise to see Yaya on the scoresheet again as City lift the cup.
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