We spoke about how there were a lot of FA Cup ties which had incredible meaning this weekend – and there’s no doubt that this one is the pick of the bunch. This is a repeat of last season’s final and while Wigan may have caused a shock back then, they are now a Championship outfit who are classed as firm underdogs.
Many have been describing Manchester City’s recent form as questionable, although the fact they lifted their first silverware of the season last weekend would suggest that they are on the road to recovery. City showed just why they are the clear favourites for the top flight title by coming from behind and recording a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the League Cup final. However, prior to that they had suffered defeats to Barcelona and Chelsea, as well as dropping points against Norwich. Nevertheless, with City holding their significant home advantage this weekend, very few people will be backing their opponents.
Nevertheless, Wigan are in good form themselves. Managed by Uwe Rosler, who coincidently enjoyed a fantastic spell at Manchester City during his playing days, the Latics have risen from bottom half Championship fodder to a side who is only kept out of the playoffs by goal difference. They have now won their last five matches and having also won six of their last seven, it would be fair to say that they are in the form of their season. To make matters even more enticing for supporters ahead of this short trip to the Etihad Stadium, Wigan have won their last four games on the road. Of course, many people will brush over these facts when they just see the mention of Manchester City – but after Watford pushed City to the brink in the last round Wigan will certainly hold at least some confidence that they can do the same.
One of the big differences between that last round tie for Manchester City and this weekend’s game is their team news. Back then, they had a handful of key players missing, but now most have returned. The only absentees will be Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasc who are struggling with respective hamstring and knee injuries. It’s mixed for the Latics meanwhile, with Uwe Rosler first being boosted by the return of Callum McManaman following his ankle problem. However, the Etihad Stadium won’t be able to set eyes on Nick Powell, the on loan Manchester United striker, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Wigan approach this game with some fine form behind them and will undoubtedly put up a spirited display. Still, City are by far and away the favourites and we just can’t see how Uwe Rosler’s side are going to break them down. With that, we’ll tip a 2-0 win for the home side.