Wigan set for Wembley woe
Sky Bet's Dale Tempest brings you his thoughts on this weekend's football - and he's expecting Manchester City to walk the FA Cup final.
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Former professional footballer Dale Tempest now makes regular television appearances in his role as Sky Bet's public relations director.
Fulham, Huddersfield and Colchester were among his clubs during a 16-year career so he knows exactly how the game is played.
These days in his role at Sky Bet - you may have seen him on Sky Sports News - he's very much got his finger on the pulse of the markets as both a punter and a bookie.
His regular Friday column explores the mindset of the bookies and highlights the best bets for the weekend's action.
Here is his take on this weekend's action, including Saturday's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan.
Saturday's FA Cup final looks like it could be very one-sided, I'm afraid to say. Wigan looked seriously deflated by their defeat to Swansea on Tuesday and in the wide-open spaces of Wembley I cannot see how they can recover in time. In contrast, Manchester City should be refreshed with David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure all having sat out their midweek match. This game has also been City's sole focus for the last few weeks. Wigan have been badly hit by injuries and that's summed up by the fact Paul Scharner has been playing every week. He was signed as a squad player but injuries to likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figueroa and, most recently, Ronnie Stam, who lasted about 10 seconds against Swansea, have seen him in a more prominent role. I don't see City letting up and can see them opening up Wigan for fun, particularly if the Latics play like they did in the week. I'll be looking to back City to win 4-0 and 5-0 at big prices.
The Premier League is known worldwide for its integrity. Wigan v Swansea in midweek was all about two sides wanting to win and there really are no gimmes in the top flight. However, there's a game this weekend when the draw suits both sides perfectly but the price hasn't changed at all. I'm not saying a carve up is on the cards but when the result suits it should be reflected in the price and that's not the case with Sunderland v Southampton. With a superior goal difference than relegation rivals Wigan, Sunderland know that a draw will leave the Latics needing to win both their remaining games for them to be in danger. It will be the same with Southampton. Given the visitors haven't scored in 301 minutes of football, 0-0 is worth considering for those looking for a bigger price, as is 1-1.