The last corresponding meeting between Manchester City and Wigan ended 3- 0 in favour of City who were playing at the Etihad stadium. A hat- trick from Sergio Aguero in front of the 46,509 fans helped the home team edge their opponent. The two clubs will have to get use to each other very soon as not only tonight’s fixture stands in-between them but another clash on May 11th, the later been the Final match of the FA Cup.
Manchester City go into this fixture knowing the long expected title defense might have eluded them, however finishing the season as strong as possible can’t be toiled with as the defending champions currently trail the champions elect by15 points (with one outstanding match).
“It’s about finishing the season as strong as we possibly can,” said David Platt, assistant manager Manchester City.
Roberto Martinez’s men will have to be at their best if they must get out of the drop zone. Occupying the 18th place in the log does not justify the strength of a team that are in the FA Cup final for the first time. A win tonight would see them climb out of the relegation zone and also sound as a note of warning to the Manchester City fans ahead of the FA Cup final clash.
“We have proved it last season that when we are at our best we can compete against anyone,” Roberto Martinez, the Wigan Athletic manager reiterated.
City are likely to be without their playmaker David Silva and fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell, both out due to a hamstring injury. Micah Richards and Maicon are both up for contention after a knee injury forced the two right- backs out of action. Roberto Mancini might be making some changes to the squad that defeated Chelsea at the weekend so as to give room for some fresh legs.
Wigan last Premier League outing was the draw at QPR and they haven’t lost a game since the March 2nd home loss to Liverpool. Against bigger clubs, Wigan has not being at their best so far this season, meanwhile, this fixture serves as an opportunity to prove a point knowing that a loss will keep them among the bottom three. City’s impressive performance at Old Trafford and their FA Cup semifinal triumph over Chelsea means they come into this match upbeat and motivated.
Referee Anthony Taylor will be at the centre of the proceedings tonight, kick off time 08:45 (GMT +1).