Millwall v Wigan – FA Cup preview and team news

Compared to the other semi-final, which sees Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City face off, the prospect of Millwall and Wigan at Wembley may not quite roll off the tongue in the same manner but perversely, perhaps better encapsulates the magic of the FA Cup.

Millwall have been here beyond with their famous run to the final in 2004 only stopped by Manchester United but this is brand new territory for Wigan, for whom Saturday will represent a proud day for owner Dave Whelan, who has funded the Latics’ rise from the depths of non-league, but who also had his last Wembley date ended as a player in 1960 when he suffered a broken leg for Blackburn against Wolves.

Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury concerns after Jordi Gomez and James McCarthy shook off knocks picked up in the last-minute draw at QPR last week. Indeed, the Spaniard must choose whether to partner the two together in the middle of the park against Championship opposition or drop Gomez for the more defence-minded James McCarthur.

Up front, Wigan also must choose whether to pair Arouna Kone with Callum McManaman, who has impressed in their run to the last four with goals against both Huddersfield and Wigan, or plump for the more physical Franco di Santo against Millwall’s giant centre-backs.

Kenny Jackett’s men may be without key midfielder Liam Trotter, who was rested for Tuesday’s night league defeat to Sheffield Wednesday but is still only rated at 50-50 by his manager.

Elsewhere, James Henry could start after return from a month on the sidelines with knee ligament damage in midweek, a welcome boost with Martyn Woolford and Jermaine Easter cup-tied and thus absent from the showpiece at Wembley.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Millwall v Wigan

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