Wigan have reached the 5th round in the last two seasons with a place in the quarter final awaiting the winner of this tie, after their convincing 3-0 against Sheffield Wednesday during midweek and Cardiff's devastating defeat to rivals Swansea City last weekend, this game has upset written all over it as they will hope to repeat the same performance they displayed in the 4th round against Crystal Palace.
Wigan's 5th round tie last season saw them travel across to Yorkshire to face Huddersfield where Wigan ran out 4-1 winners after a very impressive display. Goals from Callum McManaman, James McArthur and a double from Arouna Kone set up an unforgettable quarter final with Everton. Wigan are 41 games into their season which could eventually stretch to 63 games but Uwe Rosler told BBC Sport that he will not sacrifice to FA Cup for a chance at the Play-Off's:
"The club is proud to be the holders of the famous trophy"
"The win over Sheffield Wednesday took a lot out of them. We will bring fresh legs in."
"Everybody will be trying to get into the last eight, that's our aim."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however has said he wants to go one better than Wigan after being inspired by Wigan's heroics in the Cup last year insisting he wants to win the cup and stay up:
"They proved last season what the FA Cup was all about, a chance for smaller clubs to win trophies," Solskjaer said.
"I would like to go one better than they did and win the cup and stay up, but in any way, shape or form, if you play in a cup game you want to win it."
Cardiff will want to increase moral with a place in the quarter final ahead of the final 12 games of the Premier League season in a bid to keep "The Bluebirds" in the Premier League. Whilst Magnus Eikrem says it would be "A Dream Come True" to play in the FA Cup Final for Cardiff City. Wigan will want to capitalize on their win during midweek and improve their poor away record.
Cardiff City- Wilfried Zaha is awaiting confirmation that he is eligible to play after being an unused substitute in Manchester United's defeat to Swansea but Kenwyne Jones and Fabio are cup-tied retrospectively.
Wigan Athletic- Lee Nicholls could feature but Ali Al-Habsi is set to retain his place in goal. Nick Powell is set to miss out with an on-going Hamstring problem and James McArthur is ruled out with a virus.
Prediction- Cardiff 1-2 Wigan
Cardiff- 6/5 (fav)
Draw - 23/10
Pick- Wigan 1-0 ht- Draw 2-2 ft @ 70/1