Manchester side look to be the favourites against feisty Wigan in League Cup final It's now or never for Manchester United, who take their last realistic shot at winning a piece of silverware this season when they take on Wigan in tomorrow's League Cup final. United were regulars in the final of this competition in the early years of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign - winning once from three appearances in four years in the early 1990s - but they have been finalists only once since, losing to Liverpool in 2003. The trophy cabinet has been bare for two years, however, and Ferguson's men will be grateful even for this cup this season. They start as strong favourites, and deservedly so. Since their Champions League exit in early December, they have won 11 out of 19 in all competitions and their three defeats (against Liverpool, Blackburn and Manchester City) all came away from home. On neutral territory they have a big edge on form. Wigan lost 4-0 at Old Trafford just over two months ago, but United won't be expecting to roll them over so easily this time. Paul Jewell's team have hung on well to a top-half position and last weekend's excellent 2-2 draw at Spurs was another demonstration of their mix of skill and organisation. The return of Jason Roberts to the Wigan front line will increase the threat to United, who must also be wary of Henri Camara's pace and the threat at set-pieces from Pascal Chimbonda. Wigan have lost eight of 10 in the Premiership against the seven sides above them, however, and that suggests a class gap that is not reflected in the league standings. Admittedly, Wigan did beat Arsenal 1-0 at home in the semi-final, but it is fair to say that United will have to perform some way below par to lose. It might play against United's chances if this match is in keeping with recent finals, which have tended to be low-scoring affairs. Six of the last 10 finals have had under 2.5 goals in the 90 minutes and four have gone to extra-time. If United don't make the early breakthrough, they might be just as happy as Wigan to play the long game. But it is hard to go against the favourites, even if the odds aren't generous. Chelsea should have no problem pulling further clear of United in the Premiership when they host Portsmouth tonight, while Liverpool also rate well for a home win over suspect travellers Manchester City. The other home bet that stands out is Bolton, who have a big edge over Fulham on form. There are a couple of question marks, though, including Bolton's ability to recover from their midweek trip to Marseille in the Uefa Cup. Middlesbrough should have no problem recovering from their home tie in the Uefa Cup, and they rate a good away chance at West Brom. Boro look much stronger now their best players are all fit at the same time. With Chris Riggott, Gareth Southgate, George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Yakubu Aiyegbeni in the side, there is little doubt that Boro are a top-half Premiership outfit. The most intriguing game is Birmingham v Sunderland. The visitors have made little appeal all season, but this rates as their best chance yet. Birmingham destroyed Portsmouth 5-0 in their last home battle against fellow strugglers, but they make little appeal at the odds for a follow-up. Best homes: Liverpool, Bolton. Best aways: Middlesbrough. Low goals: Newcastle v Everton.