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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Chelsea v Man City: Who will meet Wigan in the FA Cup final?


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Chelsea are the current FA Cup holders. This afternoon they take on the 2011 winners and current Premier League champions Manchester City, but who will meet Wigan at Wembley next month in the showpiece final?

Between them, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the last four finals and with Wigan waiting in the wings there is every chance that run will be extended to five. But will it be Rafa Benitez, who led Liverpool to victory over West Ham in 2006, to set up an all Spanish final or will it be Roberto Mancini to have the battle of the Robertos?

Manchester City will be buoyed following their league win at Old Trafford and Mancini would love to end the season with a trophy. Rafa meanwhile, who knocked United out of the competition, wants to leave the Bridge by securing a cup double and a place in the top four.

But who will be facing Wigan at Wembley in May?

Here is what our Squarefootball writers and loyal readers think.

Squarefootball writer Mitch Waddon

"I think Man City will beat Chelsea to reach the final. Chelsea have a fight for the Champions League place on their hands and the Europa League to contend withso I think the FA Cup is the third priority for Chelsea. Whereas the FA Cup is City’s only chance of silverware this season, so I see them going all out to try and claim it."

Squarefootball's Liverpool reporter Dave Disciascio

"This is a massive game as the winner will likely be the favourite in the final. But it will also feature loads of personal motivation for the manager of each club; Mancini needs a trophy to keep City from making a run for Mourinho in the summer. And while Rafa will certainly not continue at Stamford Bridge, if he leaves with a trophy, he can save what is left of his reputation.  

"This will be a close game. But I see the quality of City being too much."

Sunderland fan Tony Ratton

"I can see Man City coming out on top in this clash with Chelsea  for three reasons. They are a better team than Chelsea, it's now their only chance they have of winning some silverware this season and it may well be a game too far in Chelsea's busy schedule of games."

West Brom fan Andy Wakeman

"It's all City have left to play for so I think they will take it seriously and beat Chelsea."

Bolton supporter Dave Blackburn

"The game could go to extra time. It won't be high scoring and the odd goal could win it. City don't have anything else to play for while Chelsea are still involved in everything! City will go for it and I think they will go through."

Squarefootball writer Hugh Larkin 

"Man City can put all their focus on the semi while Chelsea have the Europe League and a Champions League place to defend. Man City to edge it and save their season."

Squarefootball's Aston Villa reporter James Fisher

"It should be an excellent game between two very evenly matched sides. I think Chelsea might just edge it though because the have this amazing cup pedigree. Their problems have been consistency, which is not vital for a good cup run."

Well that's what we think, but do you agree?

Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you. 

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