Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic, 2013 FA Cup Final: Open Thread
The 2012-13 FA Cup Final, one of the most prestigious days on the English football calendar, kicks off today live from Wembley Stadium in London.
The match features David versus Goliath. Wigan Athletic are in their first major final against a Manchester City side aiming to win a piece of silverware at the end of the season. Meanwhile, most of the talk going into the match surrounds the future of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Last night, Spanish media were reporting that Manuel Pellegrini is set to replace Mancini.
Surprisingly, Roberto Mancini has decided to drop goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to the bench, despite him playing every single FA Cup match this season. It was expected that he would start the match, so it’s quite a shock.
In Wigan team news, Antolin Alcaraz makes a return to the team after passing a late fitness test.
Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Aguero.
Wigan Athletic starting XI: Robles, Scharner, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Kone.
For viewers in the United States, the match is being televised live on FOX (the free-to-air network, not FOX Soccer) at Noon ET, with the kick-off scheduled for 12:15pm ET. Gus Johnson and Ian Wright will commentate the match.
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