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  • 16 January 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 16026

Wigan Athletic - Manchester City Preview: Visitors aiming for fifth successive win without conceding a goal against the Latics

At the DW Stadium, Roberto Mancini's side will look to stop a run of defeats after successive cup losses to rivals Manchester United and Liverpool put treble hopes on ice



Al Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Thomas, McCarthy, Jones, Crusat
Rodallega, Di Santo
Richards, Savic, Lescott, Zabaleta
Nasri, De Jong, Milner, Silva
Aguero, Dzeko

Wigan Athletic will be without Mohamed Diame as he is on international duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Midfielder Hendry Thomas has been asked to step into his place by boss Roberto Martinez and is expected to start.

Winger Albert Crusat is back after a back injury but it may be a game or two too early for Shaun Maloney, who is working his way back to match fitness.

Manchester City will be without key men Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure as the former is suspended following his red card against Manchester United in the FA Cup defeat and the latter is away on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Montenegrin Stefan Savic will continue to deputise for City's captain as Toure's brother Kolo is also playing at the tournament whilst Nigel De Jong should take Toure's place.

Spanish maestro David Silva is expected to make a recovery from an ankle injury that kept him out of the League Cup game against Liverpool in mid-week and Italian striker Mario Balotelli is a doubt after limping out of the same game.

  • Wigan are leading the penalty charts this season, having been awarded six so far.
  • They also have a tendency to fall asleep in the last 15 minutes of a match, conceding 11 times already this campaign.
  • Their strikers aren't so hot either, having scored only 18 times in 20 matches.
  • Roberto Martinez's men are winless in five matches, winning just one of 10 at home this season.
  • Manchester City have won their last four matches against hosts Wigan without conceding a goal.
  • City are winless in their last four away games in the Premier League.
  • Having scored 56 goals already this term, City only need four more goals to equal their goal tally from the whole of last season - and it's only January.
  • It will also be Happy Birthday to Pablo Zabaleta (pictured right) who will be playing on his 27th birthday.

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Players to watch

Ali Al Habsi

Position: Goalkeeper

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Oman international Ali Al Habsi should find himself the busier of the two goalkeepers as the visitors look to put distance between themselves and their neighbours Manchester United at the top of the table.

Al Habsi has impressed in recent weeks and has been an inspired signing from Bolton Wanderers by manager Roberto Martinez, who will look for him to turn in another good performance if his side are to get anything from the game.

S. Savić

Position: Defender

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Montenegrin Stefan Savic is expected to fill some big shoes for the visitors, deputising for the suspended Vincent Kompany and Kolo Toure, who is on international duty, and will hope to build a good foundation with centre-back partner Joleon Lescott as soon as he can.

Things got off to a bad start in his previous game when he conceded a penalty in the League Cup game against Liverpool and was caught out on quite a few occasions. But a few good challenges early on and his confidence should improve, though Wigan might fancy their chances if they play their big boys up front.

Editor's Prediction

Manchester City should still have enough about them, despite losing two of their most influential players, but might come up against an inspired goalkeeper who has been in terrific form this season. If the visitors find a way through a leaky Wigan defence then they might just run them ragged.

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