Preview: Hull City welcomes Arsenal in an FA Cup Final preview
The difference between the Champions League and the Europa League is significant. With just one point separating them from that line, Arsenal need to earn as many points as possible in their remaining fixtures.
A victory over West Ham mid-week was enough to move them back into the top four, with Everton losing to Crystal Palace. The Gunners now have their fate in their own hands, and will need to be at their best down the stretch.
Sunday’s match against Hull City will be a preview of the FA Cup Final, where both these sides will go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium.
Preview: Arsenal faces a must win at Wembley Stadium
It has been nine long years for Arsenal fans, and on Saturday, they have a chance to see their club at Wembley. Taking part in the semifinals of the competition will not be good enough, and they will expect the Gunners to progress to the final.
All the pressure is on their side, and Arsene Wenger will be on the radar.
The Frenchman knows that he is up against his best chance to claim a title, since their last piece of silverware in 2005. All their injuries will not help, but it should not be an excuse.
Preview: The hurdle preceding the Camp Nou mission
This is perfect chance for Manchester City to boost their confidence ahead of next week’s crucial matchup against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens need to turn around a 2-0 deficit in what will appear to be their most important game of the season.
However, while they dream about surviving in Europe, Man City are also thinking about qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 English FA Cup. They are clear favourites against underdogs Wigan but the latter will want to try their luck and do what Sunderland couldn’t in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley last Sunday.
Preview: Everton have never defeated Arsenal at the Emirates
The last time Arsenal took part in a match at Wembley, things did not go as planned. A late miscommunication between Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny handed Birmingham the Carling Cup.
On Saturday, the Gunners will get a chance to make their way back to Wembley. But in their way will stand an Everton side that has been impressive under Roberto Martinez.
Everton come in as clear underdogs, but the last time they were at the Emirates, they proved that they are far from pushovers. A 1-1 draw against the North London side had Roberto Martinez happy, considering his fought back after a Mesut Ozil goal gave the hosts the lead.
Preview: Recent defeat and Champions League will be on Arsenal's mind
It was not too long ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool met at Anfield. Things did not go so well for the Gunners, who headed home with a heavy defeat, with four of Liverpool’s five goals coming in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
They will now get a chance to bounce back against the Reds, but this time at the Emirates.
One of Arsenal’s concerns will be their upcoming fixture against Bayern Munich. The North London side will go head-to-head with the German champions mid-week, which could cause Arsene Wenger to make some changes to his squad.
Preview: City looking for revenge against league leaders
Mourinho outsmarted his Chilean counterpart last time the two sides met as Chelsea raced to a 1-0 victory over Man City and thus becoming the only English side to beat the Citizens at their own backyard this season. Now the Blues will look forward to achieving the feat for the second time within a span of a month as the two sides lock horns at the Etihad once again.
It took a ferocious strike from Branislav Ivanovic to clinch all three points for the Blues as the Serbian full back scored the only goal of the match.
Preview: Stoke looking to get the better of Chelsea again
Juan Mata’s imminent departure to fellow Premier League club Manchester United has grabbed all the media attention, but Chelsea will be hoping to keep that at the back of their mind when they face Stoke in a FA Cup encounter.
The Potters scored a 3-2 victory over the Blues last time the two sides met earlier in the season. An injury time winner from Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi gave Stoke all three points who will be fancying their chances when they visit the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Preview: City to keep quadruple hopes alive
Much has been spoken of Man City’s chances to record a historical quadruple by the end of the season and by the looks of it, Pellegrini’s men still stand a chance of being the first English team to achieve the feat.
The Citizens come into match fresh from a 3-0 thrashing of West Ham, in doing so City recorded a massive 9-0 win over the Hammers on aggregate which booked their place in the final of the Capital One Cup where they face league strugglers Sunderland.
Preview: Some icing on Luis Suarez’s birthday cake?
Brendan Rodgers will want to see his team improve on its defensive capabilities. The Merseyside Reds have not been quiet upfront this year, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge offering supporters a lot to cheer about. However, there have been several holes at the back.
During the last 180 minutes in the Premier League, Liverpool have conceded as many as five goals – three against Stoke City and two against Aston Villa. As AFC Bournemouth appear to be weaker opponents than the Potters and the Villains, the need for the Reds to improve defensively looks imperative.
Preview: Avoiding elimination against a lower-league side
When Premier League sides go up against lower-league clubs in any cup competition, they always face disappointment. For Arsenal, knowing that they crashed out of the FA Cup last year against Blackburn, they will want to avoid the same fate on Friday, when they host Coventry.
Playing in their own stadium, and knowing that they are heavy favorites, the Gunners have all the pressure on their shoulders. Fortunately for both these outfits, they will be somewhat familiar with each other heading into this match.
Preview: Can Blackburn cause a massive upset?
Manchester City is not quite the force it is at home away from it despite their win in early December against the European Champions at the Allianz Arena. In the Premier League, they managed five away wins in eleven attempts, losing four times. At Ewood Park, therefore, when Scott Dann equalized, not too many regular City viewers were shocked. That draw incidentally is the only poor result for City in a stretch of eight games in all competitions.
Prior to those eight matches, City lost Sergio Aguero to injury against Arsenal in a scintillating 6-3 win. Aguero has returned and is obviously raring to go, though whether he will feature in this match is yet to be confirmed. Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to have his star striker back according to BBC:
“He is a very important player for us.
Preview: Man United hoping to make amends at home
The Red Devils had their six match winning streak come to a shuddering end as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham at home. The new year marked United’s fourth defeat at home in the league this season, rounding of a disappointing display from David Moyes’ side in front of their own fans.
Apart from defeats at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Newcastle, Man United have also drawn their matches at home against Chelsea and Southampton which has left the Red Devils with just four victories at home, amassing just 14 points from a possible 30. Their antics have resulted in Man United having a worse home record than Hull and Stoke this season.
Preview: Will Liverpool prioritize the League over the Cup?
The team from Merseyside topped the table on Christmas only to fall to fourth by the New Year. However, both their defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea came by a single goal. They were unlucky to lose to City and matched the 2011 Champions stride for stride. The games showed that Liverpool can more than hold their own ground against tough opposition.
Now that Champions League football is actually a viable option, will Liverpool sacrifice the Cup for its millions? They reached the FA Cup final in 2012, losing out to Chelsea in a closely fought affair. This time, in the third round, they have a much easier opponent in the shape of Oldham. They will come into this match without three of their important players.
Preview: Easy win expected for Jose Mourinho’s side
The Portuguese tactician won the FA cup with Chelsea in his last full season with the Blues during his first stint at the Stamford Bridge. After 90 minutes without a goal, Didier Drogba scored in injury time to allow Chelsea to lift the trophy at the expense of Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.
The FA Cup victory in 2007 meant that Jose Mourinho had won all domestic titles within his vicinity, however the celebration was short lived with the Portuguese leaving the club by mutual consent in September the same year. Upon his second coming the ‘special one’ will be hoping to continue where he left from and win the illustrious tournament for the second time.
Preview: Both teams have injuries, but both sides will want the victory
When Tottenham last traveled to the Emirates earlier this season, they headed home with a 1-0 defeat. Giroud latched onto a cross and side footed it past Hugo Lloris, giving the Gunners three important points.
These two London rivals will now meet again, this time for the FA Cup. Arsenal's Emirates Stadium will be the venue once again, but their will be some changes to both squads from their first match.
City’s Chilean coach, Manuel Pellegrini already ruled out Martin Demichelis, Sergio Aguero, Jack Rodwell, Stevan Jovetic and Micah Richards. Considering the busy Christmas and New Year schedule of the Premier League, the manager might consider making some changes…
Preview: Latics begin European journey with a trip to Belgium
A last minute goal from Ben Watson against Manchester City in the FA Cup final last season instated Wigan’s position in the realms of European football. However much for their cup success, the latics could not translate their performance in the league and after flirting with relegation for quite some time Roberto Martinez’s side was finally demoted to the second tier of English football.
By qualifying for the Europa league, Wigan became only the third English second division club to play in European competitions after Birmingham City in 2011-2012 and Ipswich Town in 2002-2003.
Arsenal has not taken the field since they defeated Queens Park Rangers on May 4th at Loftus Road. Since then, the league table has altered with Tottenham and Chelsea having won their respective matches, while Blues and Spurs also drew last Wednesday, keeping the Champions League qualification race very tight.
Wanting to keep their streak of consecutive Champions League appearances alive, Arsene Wenger's side will desperately need the full three points on Tuesday night.
After such a long gap in between matches, Arsenal could benefit from it, but it could also work against them. Wigan on the other hand will enter the match fresh off their shocking victory in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 10, 2013) – Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will lock horns at Wembley this Saturday to decide the winner of the 2012/13 FA Cup competition. English Premier League champions Manchester United and FA Cup titleholders Chelsea were among the favourites to clinch glory but both stumbled on the road to the final. The world’s oldest knockout tournament title will now go to either Man City or Wigan. Before Wembley transforms into a full house of supporters, check where to watch Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic and do not miss a single moment of it on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
The Citizens are hopeful of ending this season on a high. They suffered a group stage exit in the UEFA Champions League last year before officially losing their EPL crown to the Red Devils a few weeks ago. Roberto Mancini will be looking to guide his men to a fourth piece of silverware in two years.