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Wigan Athletic travel 15 miles down the East Lancashire Road to take on local rivals Manchester City in a game that could have massive implications for both clubs for very different reasons.

Latics are sitting nervously in 16th spot in the Premier League just 4 points ahead of Hull City who occupy the last relegation spot that is realistically up for grabs if you consider that Pompey and Burnley both look doomed.

A win for the Latics would increase that gap to 7 points and also see Martinez` team climb two places up the table and make life a lot more bearable as the season draws to a close, defeat and the beads of perspiration would significantly increase as the tension begins to mount.

City meanwhile have aspirations of a top four finish and following good wins for both Spurs and Liverpool over the weekend Mancini will want to get a win to keep his side in touch for that coveted Champions League qualifying place.

Latics have a good record against City in recent years; indeed since being promoted to the Premier League in 2005 we have only tasted defeat once and have a set of results to be proud of, 5 wins, 3 draws and just that 1 defeat, more of the same please.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez

'Man City have plenty of strength in their side and different dimensions that can hurt you in many ways. If we want to compete against that and achieve that goal we'll have to be at our very best.'

Manchester City Team News:

Ireland is doubtful whilst Bridge, M Johnson, Lescott and Petrov are all out.

City from:

Given; Richards, Vieira, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, A Johnson, Santa Cruz, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Taylor, Onuoha, Garrido, Sylvinho.

Player to watch: Carlos Tevez

World class player

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Emerson Boyce should be fine but Charles N'Zogbia is struggling.

Latics from:

Kirkland; Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, McCarthy, Scharner, Scotland, Diame, Thomas, Moses, Moreno, Rodallega, Stojkovic, Gohouri, Amaya, Gomez, Sinclair, Boyce, N'Zogbia

Player to watch: James McCarthy

McCarthy has been fantastic since the New Year and his energy in midfield will be vital if the Latics are to get anything out of the game

Any Previous?

Latics and City have met on 18 previous occasions

Latics 6 wins, City 7, draws5

Last Five Meetings

18/10/09 - Premier League - Latics 1 City 1
17/01/09 - Premier League - City 1 Latics 0
28/09/08 - Premier League - Latics 2 City 1
01/03/08 - Premier League - City 0 Latics 0
01/12/07 - Premier League - Latics 1 City 1

Ref Watch:

Stuart Attwell (Nuneaton)

Why not check out our meet the ref article right here

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1

Heart says we could srape a win 1-0

Up Next:

Premier League

Fulham Vs Latics
Craven Cottage
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3 pm

Latics Vs Portsmouth
DW Stadium
Wednesday 14/04/2010
8 pm

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday March 28 2010
Time: 11:11PM


1-1 for me this one
28/03/2010 23:18:00
Hope you guys hockey them off the pitch......come on wigan!!!!!!
29/03/2010 15:40:00
You guys are full of surprises and can beat the mancs...rooting for you guys tonight..Hope you kick some manc citeh a.s.s
Daz Hotspurs
29/03/2010 16:04:00
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