iBet: Best FA Cup bet may be to back Mancini’s men to win to nil, again

Gareth Purnell

FA Cup Final, kick off 5.15pm, ITV1

Back Manchester City to win to nil at 11/8

My friends at Oddschecker tell me that a Wigan versus Manchester City Cup final was 165/1 before the first round of the FA Cup. And while City (now 1/5 to lift the cup) have never been longer than 6/1, Wigan (9/2 to triumph; 9/1 with Betfair to win in 90 minutes) drifted right out to 125/1 after their third round draw against Bournemouth.

It won’t surprise anyone that I fully expect Manchester City to win today and for Wigan to go down. However, there are a couple of interesting prices knocking about. For instance, Roberto Martinez’s men have failed to score a single goal in their last seven meetings with Manchester City in the league yet you can still get around 11/8 with 888 about Mancini’s team winning without conceding. That really does look bet material, especially as City have easily the best defence in the Premier League, conceding only 31 goals in 36 games. Add to this that Wigan have the joint worst defensive record, with 67 shipped, and you can see why the Mancunians are overwhelming favourites, with the best price about them winning in 90 minutes 4/11.

If Yaya Toure scores first or last in the final, Betfair Sportsbook will refund losing stakes up to £50 on first goalscorer, last goalscorer and correct score markets. The last nine times two teams have contested an FA Cup Final there have been under 2.5 goals. You can back that at around 5/4.

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