Wigan perspective: Paul Farrington, Wiganer.net.
We’re ravaged with injuries at the minute, which is clearly an issue going into a game with Manchester City. Centre-backs Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz are all likely to be missing through various injuries whilst in midfield both Ben Watson and James McArthur are out. We’ve also got concerns over both Franco Di Santo and Shaun Maloney. On the plus side, Jordi Gomez showed that we have some more than capable understudies with his hat-trick at the weekend.
We’re like Jekyll and Hyde at the moment. From the brilliance of our away win over Tottenham we then switch off and get turned over by both West Brom and Liverpool. The same old concentration lapses were evident against Reading on the weekend but we got out of jail thanks to Gomez. We cannot afford any such lapses in concentration on Wednesday, as Aguero and co will punish the slightest error.
We usually fare very well against City at home and the games are always exciting to watch. Away from home is a different story but as we’re on our turf I think we’ll give the Champions a run for their money.We’re operating with depleted numbers but there will be a great atmosphere and we could well nick something. I remember our 4-3 win over City back in 2005, and think there will be goals in this one too.
James McCarthy to score first at 22.00. If we are to get anything against City, James McCarthy is going to have to put in the performance of his lifetime. I fancy the Ireland international to nab the opener before City start to turn up the heat.
Sergio Aguero to score at 2.10. The Argentine is back in form and could run riot against our weakened backline.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.65. I think there will be goals in this one, and this could be a banker.
Score prediction: Wigan Athletic 1–2 Manchester City (8.00)
Man City perspective: Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC.
Gael Clichy, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are still missing through injury, but Vincent Kompany unexpectedly played the full ninety minutes against Chelsea. With another difficult game against Everton at the weekend, Roberto Mancini may be tempted to make changes to freshen things up. Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri, in particular, will be pushing for a recall after City drew a blank at Stamford Bridge.
Mancini was disappointed with the draw at Chelsea, and it did feel like a squandered opportunity with Rafa Benitez’s side were there for the taking. However, a draw at the Bridge isn’t a bad result and we’ve now conceded just two goals in the last seven league games. There seems to be a popular misconception that City are more vulnerable defensively than last season but the stats suggest otherwise. We are unbeaten in our last 17 Premier League games.
Our overall record against Wigan is good, with 12 wins, five draws and six defeats in the 23 meetings to date. We have won our last two matches at the DW stadium, and will be looking to extend that run on Wednesday night.
City win at 1.53. I expect City to win a tight affair on Wednesday.
City clean sheet at 2.45. Given our impressive defensive record, this looks an attractive bet.
Carlos Tevez to score first at 5.75. The Argentine will be eager to impress having dropped to the bench against Chelsea.
Score prediction: Wigan 0-1 Man City (8.00)