Manchester City v Wigan Athletic – Match Preview

Manchester City will be looking to continue their excellent early season form when they take on an unbeaten Wigan Atheltic side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. City have already scored 12 goals in just three games including five in last game against Tottenham. They have so-far been running teams ragged with the attacking quartet of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in front of a destructive midfield who can break down play with ease while waiting in the wings is a truly frightening array of talent on the bench including Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.

Samir Nasri will be fitted with a protective cast in an effort to make his home debut for Manchester City this weekend after breaking a bone in his left hand while on international duty for France but Kolo Touré may have to wait a little longer before his return. Although the defender’s six-month ban for taking a prohibited substance has now finished, there are still doubts about his match fitness after such a long period out.

Martinez’s Wigan have made an unbeaten start to the season with five points from an available nine. Two draws against Norwich and Swansea was followed up with a 2-0 victory over QPR. Two-goal hero Di Santo will once again lead the line with Rodallega and Moses on the wings. James McCarthy and Antolin Alcaraz both missed the QPR fixture after suffering knee and thigh injuries respectively, the latter was replaced by Adrian Lopez who should retain his starting role.

I fear a rout could be on the cards as this City team have already shown that they are capable of carving open even the best defences open at will and Mancini’s men shouldn’t encounter too many problems taking apart the fifth leakiest defence in the top-flight last season despite Wigan’s decent start to the season.

Key Player

Edin Dzeko: The Bosnian forward who already has six goals for the season, will be hoping to add to his four goals last time out and he appears to look a different player alongside the excellent Sergio Aguero.

Ali Al Habsi: The Wigan shot-stopper needs to have a truly brilliant game if the Latics are to get anything out of what is a very tough away game.

Verdict: 4-0

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