Wigan well and truly drew the short straw in this FA Cup 5th Round tie, being matched up against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and not even benefiting from the lucrative gate receipts of The Etihad Stadium. Still, they will be hoping the DW Stadium provides some level of safety against the superstar visitors.
The Latics have suffered a downturn in form in the last week or so though, losing to both Southend and Blackpool and losing their position at the top of League One in the process. They are only a point behind Shrewsbury and have a game in hand, but Blackburn Rovers are poised to leapfrog them into the automatic promotion spots.
The hosts have already knocked out Premier League opposition in the FA Cup though, beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the DW Stadium after a draw away from home. However, an out of form Bournemouth side is very different from the unstoppable looking Manchester City.
The Citizens all but guaranteed their spot in the next round of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 4-0 battering of Basel away from home. This makes it seven matches without defeat and they have won six of those. The FA Cup has seen them hammer Burnley and pick up a more conservative 2-0 win away to Cardiff, but on neither occasion did they look troubled.
It’s hard to envisage anything but a comfortable Manchester City win on Monday. They have scored nine goals in their last two games and are facing a Wigan side coming into this game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool. We’re opting for a Manchester City -2.0 Asian Handicap alongside a 4-1 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
Manchester City have won five and lost two of their last seven meetings with Wigan.
Wigan vs Manchester City Stats
- Manchester City have scored an average of 2.9 goals per game in their last seven competitive outings, including nine in their last two.
- The Citizens have won 64% of their last 11 games by at least two goals, including both FA Cup ties.