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Tevez to play his way into contention for FA Cup final

| 10.05.2011

Roberto Mancini has been handed a timely boost ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup final with Stoke with the news that Carlos Tevez can take his place on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

The Argentine striker has scored 22 goals in 40 appearances for Manchester City this season and there is no doubt he has been their most influential player.

Since losing Tevez to injury in the Liverpool game, Manchester City have scored just five goals in their four games and Mancini will be hoping that he can hand Tevez some game time tonight ahead of the clash with Stoke.

A win for Manchester City tonight would guarantee them fourth place and a Champions League spot next season, but Spurs are chasing the same dream and Tevez may have to play an influential role off the bench.

Manchester City are 10/11 to beat Tottenham Hotspur tonight and Carlos Tevez is 4/1 to get the last goal of the match, but while tonight’s game is big, Mancini knows all the pressure is on him landing the FA Cup.

Even if Spurs win tonight, they are 3/1 to do so, Manchester City can still secure the Champions League spot in their final three Premier League fixtures.

It’s been 35 years since Manchester City last landed a piece of silverware and the fans are desperate to end the drought on Saturday and the pressure on Mancini is immense.

Manchester City are the huge favourites at 2/5 to lift the FA Cup and 5/6 to win the game inside 90 minutes, and Mancini can expect plenty of stick should he fail to guide his side to victory.

Mancini would love to see Tevez in the starting line-up for Saturday’s game and the Argentine could hold the key to Manchester City re-opening the trophy cabinet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.