Roberto Mancini will lead Manchester City out against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium knowing that even a win might not be enough to secure his future at the club.
After winning the Barclays Premier League last season, Mancini has endured a difficult campaign this season with the only the FA Cup providing the Italian with something to smile about.
Meanwhile, Wigan head into this encounter with the threat of relegation looming large.
Wigan have lost their last seven games against City without scoring but will take confidence from the most recent meeting three weeks ago when their opponents needed a late Carlos Tevez goal to triumph at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City vs Wigan Starting line-ups
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Nasri, Silva, Tevez; Aguero.
Wigan: Joel; Espinoza, Scharner, Alcarez, Boyce; McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez; McManaman, Kone, Maloney
Manchester City have close to a full squad available, with winger Scott Sinclair the only notable absentee after surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder. Midfielder Yaya Toure is fit after recent concerns about fatigue and playmaker David Silva (hamstring) is back in contention. Back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who has played in all the previous rounds, is expected to be selected ahead of England number one Joe Hart.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez must decide whether to stick with his wobbly defence. Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) is rated no more than a 50-50 chance, while captain Gary Caldwell is most at risk following his mistake against Swansea on Tuesday and Roger Espinoza looked ill at ease in the left wing-back role. Ali Al Habsi is expected to return at the expense of on-loan Joel Robles in goal, as he did for the semi-final win over Millwall.
Top scorers: Carlos Tevez (Man City) 17; Arouna Kone (Wigan) 13
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).