FA Cup: Who should start for Manchester City against Wigan?

Manchester City will be hoping to put some gloss on a poor season by beating Wigan at Wembley tomorrow, who should start for Roberto Mancini's side.

The FA Cup final is upon us once again, and for all the inconvenience it has caused Wigan and Manchester City's fans, and indeed the impact it might have on Wigan's survival bid, both teams will be desperate to win at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Whilst Roberto Martinez might be considering how to balance his side ahead of their crucial match against Arsenal on Tuesday, there is no doubt that Roberto Mancini will simply be trying to get his best side out to win the trophy.

The one exception to this might come in goal, where Costel Pantilimon will keep his cup place ahead of Joe Hart in what could be his last match for Manchester City.

In defence, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Gael Clichy are likely to start the game, having all been rested for the midweek win over West Brom at the Etihad.

With Didier Drogba now plying his trade abroad, Yaya Toure can claim to be the Premier League's foremost Wembley specialist, with his superb display against Chelsea driving City into the final. He will likely be partnered by Gareth Barry, who has quietly had another fine season for Manchester City.

Ahead of them, Samir Nasri, David Silva and James Milner will probably start, with Sergio Aguero the lone striker. This is one area where Mancini could choose a variety of options, with Carlos Tevez or Edin Dzeko perhaps partnering the Argentinian striker, but it might be best to start with the extra midfielders in an attempt to take command of the match, with firepower available on the bench if required.

Realistically Manchester City should be able to win the match whoever they pay, with Wigan's defensive frailties clearly shown in the loss to Swansea on Tuesday night, and no doubt with some of their players distracted by the relegation battle. However Mancini will hope for a comfortable victory on Saturday, and this is perhaps the best side available.

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