Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday March 1 2008
Wigan Athletic take on Manchester City this evening in a game that will be televised by Setanta sports, hoping to carry on their recent good run of form and their excellent run against City.
Since being promoted to the Prem Latics are undefeated against the Blue half of Manchester and with 4 wins in 5 games it looks like we have a bit of a hoodoo sign over them
City will want to get a good performance in today following their less than impressive home defeat at the hands of Everton on Monday night and they should attack us from the start which will hopefully fall into the Latics hands and we can hit them on the break.
Latics defence and midfield was very good last weekend albeit against a poor Derby team, but with a strong defence and a creative a quick middle of the park I fancy us to nick this one today by the odd goal
Latics boss Steve Bruce:
'The past record against City is excellent but I don't think that will play any part on Saturday.
'Our form over the last three months has done only one thing, to give us a chance. Our destiny's in our hands.
'The mood in the dressing room has been upbeat all week and the belief is that we can cause City major problems.
City boss Sven Goran Eriksson:
'Michael Johnson's been training with the first team this week and looked good on Thursday.
'He is certainly available for us again. Im not sure of he is 100% yet, but he should be available for Wigan.'
Micah Richards recovering from knee surgery and Martin Petrov starting a three-match suspension are both out
Hart, Onuoha, Corluka, Dunne, Ball, Ireland, Hamann, Johnson, Fernandes, Elano, Benjani, Vassell, Isaksson, Castillo, Caicedo, Garrido, Jihai, Geovanni, Sturridge
Always, always, always scores against us, and he aint that good
Ryan Taylor, rib injury is Latics only absentee
Kirkland, Edman, Granqvist, Palacios, Sibierski, Kilbane, Heskey, Koumas, Brown, King, Aghahowa, Valencia, Boyce, Scharner, Bramble, Olembe, Bent, Skoko, Melchiot, Pollitt.
Wilson 'Pickett' Palacios is quickly becoming a fans favourite with his dynamic midfield style
Latics undefeated against City in the Prem with four wins and a draw
Complete league record is:
City 3 wins. Latics 4 wins, 2 draws
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Manchester City
(Scharner 25) (Geovanni 1)
1st December 2007
Ref: Mike Riley
Last Seasons corresponding fixture:
Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic
3rd March 2007
Ref: Howard Webb
Steve Bennett (Kent)
Games - 21
Reds - 4
Yellows - 68
Heart says 0-2 win for the Latics
Head says 1-1 draw
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