FA Cup: Can Martinez head off to Everton one up on Moyes?

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has a chance to do what David Moyes couldn't this weekend and that’s win some silverware.

It’s a little impossible to predict just how Wigan are going to play in the FA Cup final against Manchester City this weekend because a lot of their focus is still going to be on avoiding relegation to the Championship.

However, Roberto Martinez is the sort of boss who always encourages his teams to go out and play the best possible football, which means Wigan have a chance of upsetting Manchester City if things go their way.

They need a lot to go in their favour because City head into the match as the overwhelming favourites, looking to secure some silverware which will go a long way to easing the pain of losing the Premier League title to Manchester United.

It would certainly be an ironic twist of fate of Martinez pulled off this upset and then headed into the Everton job with a trophy under his belt, when David Moyes failed to put trophies in the cabinet.

Martinez remains the favourite to take that Everton job regardless of the fact his chairman Dave Whelan insulted Everton by suggesting they weren’t a big enough club for a manager of Martinez’s stature.

So how exactly will Wigan go about trying to win a historic piece of silverware?

Well they need City to have an off day in every department with key players in the defence, midfield and attack latching onto complacency like a best friend.

Wigan will still have a high degree of focus, despite important league matches, and Martinez should have them well primed to capitalise on any mistakes from City.

They need to defend well because they are going to be playing the majority of this game without the ball. They will be pressed and pressured, with little room and opportunity to get out of their own half.

If they keep things level and maintain a clean sheet then they only need one good break away and solid counter attack, which may turn out to be enough to win them the FA Cup.

They’re also going to need a bit of luck in the respect of the referee, how the game pans out and the run of the ball.

If they get some favourable decisions when they do attack, it gives them a chance to put the ball into the penalty area and then anything can happen.

They need the run of the ball in the respect of every little deflection, bounce and anything else going in their favour because if it goes against them, they just won’t be able to hold out.

There are going to be a lot of Everton fans upset about Moyes departure but if they can sign a manager who goes to them with literally a better record under his belt, then that’s a very good start.

Do Wigan have any chance this weekend?

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