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Stoke City vs. Man City

Wembley

Saturday 14th May 2011

3pm

Get ready Stokies. Here we go!

This is it! This is going to be a special day for all Stokies with our first ever FA Cup Final. The build-up has been immense and those lucky 27,000 who have tickets for Wembley's East end will be pinching themselves at how far we've come in the last few years since those dark days in the late 1990's. So if Ryan Shawcross can manage to lift that cup there'll not be many dry eyes in the house.

Vital Quotes:

The two goal hero of the semi-final win over Bolton, Jon Walters, told TheFA.com website that he thinks Wembley is just a special place: 'I think every goal's the same whether it's in a park or in front of 80,000 people,' he said. 'I guess scoring [at Wembley] is a different sort of emotion, hard to describe, a one-off. It's such a big occasion and it`s great that all your family are here - you make a lot of people proud.'

Stoke City Team News:

Everyone is sweating on the fitness of Matty Etherington and Robert Huth, hopefully they'll both be fit and we'll have a full complement for the TP to choose from. If not, it may provide memorable opportunities for Dean Whitehead in midfield and Abdoulaye Faye in defence. Despite having seen little action this season, Faye came on for the injured Huth against Arsenal and gave a creditable performance.

Player to watch: The 12th man

It's hard to single out a player so this is for all us Stokies and for all those Stoke fans who've gone before us in the last 148 years.

Man City Team News:

We'll be hoping that Carlos Tevez is not deemed fit enough to start after he came on as a late sub against Spurs in midweek after suffering a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Mario Balotelli

The 20 year old Italian striker has hit the headlines for both good and bad reasons since joining the blue half of Manchester for a reported 24m. Incidentally that's over half the cost of the ENTIRE Stoke squad. During his first season in the Premier League, he's scored 10 league and cup goals but also managed to pick up 11 yellow cards and 1 red.

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson

Match Prediction:

Who dares but predict a famous Potters' victory? So it'll be 2-1 with goals from Kenwyne Jones and a fit again Robert Huth.

Next Fixtures:

Whatever the result, it'll be all back to Eastlands for our last away match of the season on Tuesday night.




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 13 2011

Time: 8:17PM

Your Comments

From all of at Pompey, we wish you all the best despite your awful kit that reminds of our dearset neighbours, the scummers. This time last yaer we were facing Chelsea & 3 years ago we had a glorious day beating Cardiff. It's a fantastic day, I was grateful to be there for all our recent Wembley trips & away games in Europe are a lifetime must. Special good luck to Begovic & Wilson if they play. Play up Stoke.
storagematt
I actually like our kit! Think of it more as like Inter Milan to settle your hatred ;) Bego wont play but Wilson will do! Thanks for that
Rhin0
Good luck lads, hope you win from all at teh Latics, win and get hammered and forget about that last game of the season, its not important
worbo
 

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