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  • September 10, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 46509
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Wigan

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.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Yaya Toure
Silva, Nasri, Aguero
Dzeko
WIGAN ATHLETIC
 
Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Moses,
Gomez, Diame, McCarthy, Crusat
Rodallega

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 center 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 center of defense. 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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City has picked up nine points from a possible nine in its opening three games of the season.
  • The Etihad Stadium outfit has scored 12 goals in its Premier League fixtures so far, four times as many as it 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 has made its best ever Premier League start and is 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 visiting side has failed to score against City in the league since October 2009.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Wigan Athletic

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
94%

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Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Manchester City FC MNC
4 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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