Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

February 14, 2018

- Grant Whittington

DW Stadium - FA Cup

League One Wigan welcome an all-conquering Manchester City side to the DW Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night. The gulf between the teams could hardly be greater, and it’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side in this game.

Past Meetings

The last game between these two was an impressive 2-1 win for Wigan at the Etihad in the FA Cup in 2014. Before that, City had won eight of their last nine against the Latics, outscoring them by 16 goals to one. The one that Wigan scored? Ben Watson’s stunning injury time winner in the 2013 FA Cup Final was the stuff of dreams.

Team News

Latics boss Paul Cook has no new injury concerns ahead of this game, and he’ll surely play his strongest team against the Premier League’s runaway leaders. That’d mean a start for former Manchester United player Nick Powell, who’s been in excellent form for Wigan this season.

Guardiola meanwhile is likely to hand out the odd rest, although City’s team will still be a force to be reckoned with. Leroy Sane made a miraculous recovery from injury to play against Basel on Tuesday, while Gabriel Jesus is nearing a return after a knee problem.

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Preview and Predictions

While Manchester City have been strutting their stuff in both the Premier League and Champions League of late, Wigan come into this daunting cup tie on the back of a pair of disappointing results in their last two games. Despite the Latics’ record against City in the FA Cup, it’s hardly the ideal preparation for this formidable challenge.

Cook’s side have slipped from top spot in League One after consecutive defeats against bottom half teams Southend and Blackpool. They still have a game in hand on leaders Shrewsbury though, and two on Blackburn who’ve drawn level on points with Wigan in the fight for automatic promotion to the Championship.

City are a whole other kettle of fish compared to their League One rivals, and Wigan will surely set out their stall to frustrate the Blues as much as they can. It’s doubtful they’ll resort to the same level of lower-league treatment that Cardiff dished out in City’s last game, but the Latics will need to show they won’t be bullied to have any chance in this tie.

It’s no surprise that the visitors start as massive favourites in the betting, priced at 2/11. Wigan are available at 20/1 for their third straight FA Cup win against City, while the draw is 7/1. After smashing in nine goals in their last two games, the Blues are 5/2 to win with over 4.5 goals in the game.

Recommended Bets

City to win to nil at 10/11

This bet looks like being as good a way as any to improve the relatively unattractive odds on an outright City win.

Wigan to win 1-0 at 60/1

The odds are huge for a repeat of the scoreline from the FA Cup Final, while another 2-1 win for Wigan in this competition is 55/1.

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