Latics fans could well enjoy a glimmer of hope at Wembley despite their precarious league position, while The Citizens will be desperate for some silverware after a disappointing season, but one thing they both agree on is the bizarre kick off time the FA have insisted on.
With the first kick of the biggest cup competition in England set for 17.15, many fans will find it difficult to make their way back up north to celebrate, or indeed commiserate their side’s performance.
The vast majority of football fans in general would love to return to the institution of the 3pm kick off, something which broadcasters have latched onto and turned into an excuse to start their coverage from midday.
One broadcaster however, has gone one step further. ESPN will be starting their coverage at 8am – meaning we’ll see nine hours of FA Cup-based fun! Many people have questioned ESPN’s ability to fill that much airtime, but Ian Wright has his own view, as he pokes fun at the broadcaster in the O2 video below which includes highlights such as a confused Ray Stubbs, a svelte John Barnes and Kevin Keegan regressing to his childhood.