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Premier League

  • 28 November 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 19623

Wigan - Manchester City Preview: Defending champions look to preserve unbeaten record

Mancini's side will aim to keep up the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the table against a Latics outfit boosted by their dramatic 3-2 win over Reading at the weekend



Stam, Lopez, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Jones
Di Santo, Kone, Beausejour

Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov

Milner, Barry
Silva, Yaya Toure, Nasri

Wigan's squad has been ravaged by injuries, Ivan Ramis (hamstring) and Shaun Maloney (groin) are set to miss the game against City after picking up knocks in the 3-2 win over Reading.

Roberto Martinez will also be with out James McArthur (thigh), Gary Caldwell (hamstring), Antolin Alacaraz (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee). All four could return in time for the Latics' game against Newcastle on December 3.

Gael Clichy (ankle) is likely to miss out for Manchester City while Roberto Mancini continues to sweat over the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany (knee) after he picked up an injury against Real Madrid last week. The centre-back played on through the pain against Chelsea, though he admitted he wasn't sure how after being on crutches only 48 hours before the game.

Expect the defending champions to make use of their large squad with two games in quick succession. Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez should start at the DW Stadium after missing out at Stamford Bridge.

  • Wigan's Jordi Gomez has had a shot every 18 minutes this season, the highest rate in the division.

  • With his treble against Reading, Gomez became only the second Spaniard to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, after Fernando Torres.
  • The Latics have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (four).

  • Manchester City have won six and drawn one of their last seven Premier League games against Wigan.

  • City have come from behind to win 14 points this season, only rivals Manchester United (18) have more.

  • City have drawn four of their last six Premier League away games, the last two ending 0-0.

Players to watch

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Jordi Gomez may have received all the plaudits after his match-winning hat-trick against but it's the former Levante forward who has provided a creative spark in the Latics' attack so far this season. Martinez brought the Ivorian in to replace the outgoing Victor Moses and it looks like an inspired business with Kone already contributing four goals and three assists this term.

V. Kompany

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Manchester City captain looks like he is returning to his colossal best after a shaky start to the season. The Belgian produced a great display to keep Chelsea out at the weekend and will need an equally solid performance to shut out this very attack orientated Wigan outfit.

Editor's Prediction

With two games in quick succession the key to the midweek round of fixtures will be rotation. Mancini has an embarrassment of talent at his disposal, so expect the fresh faces for Manchester City to overcome what should be a fatigued Wigan squad late in the game.

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