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Premier League

  • 10 September 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 46509

Manchester City - Wigan Preview: Roberto Mancini's Men Aiming To Maintain Perfect Premier League Record Against Unbeaten Visitors

The hosts will be hoping to continue their fantastic start to the season and follow up on their mauling of Spurs as they host an improving Latics outfit at the Etihad Stadium


Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Yaya Toure
Silva, Nasri, Aguero
Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Gomez, Diame, McCarthy, Crusat

Samir Nasri is set to make his home debut for Manchester City despite having picked up a suspected broken finger on international duty with France and Micah Richards, who left the England squad after complaining about a tight hamstring, is also expected to get the nod from Roberto Mancini.

Nigel De Jong, on the other hand, may not be risked in the centre of midfield after he pulled out of international duty with the Netherlands due to an ankle knock.

Wigan will travel to the Etihad Stadium with a fairly clean bill of health, with only long-term absentees Steve Gohouri and Antolin Alcaraz unavailable for selection. Roberto Martinez may exercise caution and opt for a five-man midfield and therefore leave Franco Di Santo and new boy Shaun Maloney on the bench.

Alcaraz's injury may open the door for Patrick van Aanholt to make his Latics bow but with the Spanish manager having spoken of his desire to ease the Chelsea loanee into the team slowly, Adrian Lopea is more likely to start in the centre of defence. The visiting fans may well see a debutant start, however, with former Almeria winger Albert Crusat fit to take up position on the left wing.

  • Manchester City have picked up nine points from a possible nine in their opening three games of the season.
  • The Etihad Stadium outfit have scored 12 goals in their Premier League fixtures so far, four times as many than at the same point last season.
  • After conceding only 33 goals in the 2010-11 campaign, the Citizens had the joint strongest defensive record in the league, alongside Chelsea.
  • With six goals in three games, Edin Dzeko (right) is the Premier League's leading scorer.
  • Roberto Mancini's men had the best record in the league against teams in the bottom half in the 2010-11 season.
  • In contrast, Wigan had the worst record against sides in the top half of the league over the last campaign.
  • Roberto Martinez's side have made their best ever Premier League start and are currently unbeaten in the first three games.
  • The Latics scored the second fewest amount of goals in the Premier League last season with 40 and never entered the top half at any point over the campaign.
  • The visitors have failed to score against City in the league since October 2009.

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