Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium

Well here comes that inevitable game against the side that look like they could run riot at the top of the Premier League. The coming of Manchester City really couldn't come at a worse time for Latics, who currently sit second bottom of the Premier League and getting points is what we need.

Yet this game also marks the end of a run of games, where getting any points would have been a novelty. So picking up points was good, and our overall performances have been good (not including the Sunderland game, we will not talk about that anymore).

Wigan will go into the game, with a more or less full strength squad. Mohamed Diame, Shaun Maloney and Steve Gohuri are all likely to miss the encounter. The only player we will really miss is Diame, who has I have said plays a massive role in our midfield.

So I pray that Ben Watson doesn't come into the midfield in his place. For Martinez to do, would be handing the game to Manchester City. Same with Jordi Gomez starting. Neither player has the high level of effort or bounce to really play against a side where we have to be at our best. Instead for me Hendry Thomas and James McArthur are the two players to come into the teams midfield.

As for our back four, it would surprise me if Emmerson Boyce didn't come into join what has been a very strong defence over the past few weeks.

So what about Manchester City. Well they will be with our Vincent Kompany, and the Toure brothers. While David Silva maybe a doubt for the tie, although I wouldn't hold my breathe.

It will be a strong side that Wigan face, so it still isn't going to be an easy game.

So who do I see as Manchester City's man to watch? Well you could choose so many players, for me I am going to go for Sergio Aguero who since making the move from Spain, hasn't stopped scoring for the club. Having scored 14 goals in the 19 games. The £35 million signing has been a revelation since making the move.

He has a very similar style to Lionel Messi in that he can pick the ball up, run at players and keep the ball totally under his spell. Yet it is ability to get in between the back four, making the darting run across them to slot the ball home that really makes Aguero a threat. The chances are, against our defence he will find it easy to open us up.

Yet who knows what will happen. City played yesterday against Liverpool in the League cup, with a more or less full strength side. So players maybe rested for the Monday night fixture against a lowly Latics side. That would be a our best chance of getting an upset.

We are Wigan after all. COYB!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pie Eaters Footie

You must be a member of Pie Eaters Footie to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pie Eaters Footie. You should read them.

Join Pie Eaters Footie

You must be a member of Pie Eaters Footie to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pie Eaters Footie. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker