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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Man City v Wigan: Can the Latics win the FA Cup final dress rehearsal?


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Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will lock horns at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on May 11, but tonight they have the small subject of three Premier League points to play for.

The champions have just disposed of the league leaders and fierce rivals United at Old Trafford and dumped FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the cup. Both were fantastic games to watch and showed that City are still a team to be feared. Roberto Mancini may have publicly conceded the title to Sir Alex, but he will expect his troops to see off relegation threatened Wigan tonight, even if the Latics do tend to come to life during the spring months.

Roberto Martinez wrote his name in Wigan folklore at the weekend by guiding the Latics to their first FA Cup Final, but his main priority between now and the end of the season is to keep Wigan in the top flight. Sunderland's sensational 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle on Sunday has piled the pressure on the Spaniard once again. They start tonight's game three points adrift of safety although they do have two games in hand. 

Like most teams Wigan have not had much success against City as of late. They haven't even scored in their past six meetings. In fact they have only scored two goals on City soil during their time in the Premier League. However, both of those goals resulted in the three points heading back to the DW Stadium. Lee McCulloch was the hero in 2006, followed by Caleb Folan in 2007. Could Kone, Maloney or Di Santo be a Wigan legend tonight?

Man City v Wigan; Kick Off 7.45pm April 17 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

4

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

0

Man United

Peter Johnstone

4

V

0

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

4

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

4

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

3

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer

Colin Illingworth

3    

V

0

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

3

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

3

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

3

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

3

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

4

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

3

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

3

V

0

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 32; Draw: 1; Away: 1.

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