Manchester City v Wigan – Preview – 29 March 2010

premier-league-logoManchester City v Wigan Athletic
English Premier League
City Of Manchester Stadium – Manchester, England
29 March 2010 – 20:00 GMT

Manchester City needs a win to keep pace with 4th place Tottenham Hotspur as they host Wigan Athletic on Monday night.

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Preview

It’s a crucial match for City who trail 4th place Tottenham by five points heading into the match but can close the gap with a victory. Wigan are in 16th place and four points above the relegation zone heading into the match. They’ve lost their last four out of six matches and need at least a few more wins to guarantee survival.

City have been in the top half for most of the season but has only two wins in their last six matches. They have a 9-4-1 record at home with a +14 goal difference. Wigan are 3-2-10 on the road and -24 goal difference. Both team have several injuries for the match. Joleon Lescott, Martin Petrov, Wayne Bridge, and Michael Johnson are all out for City while Wigan will be without Emmerson Boyce and Charles N’Zogbia is likely to miss as well.

Carlos Tevez will be the center of attack or City as he’s been in terrific form the last few months. He has 16 goals in 27 EPL matches while second leading scorer Emmanuel Adebayor returns from a four match ban. Craig Bellamy, who has eight goals, will also be a key player for City’s offense. Wigan are led in scoring by Hugo Rodallega with nine goals including the match winner in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Burnley.

A loss or draw for City won’t kill their chances for the Champions League but it will be a major hit. They would be four of five points back with six matches left in the season. A win would close the gap to two which could be made up when they face Tottenham in May. Wigan is close to securing their survival still need probably 5 or 6 more points. They have been decent at home but won’t have enough to get a result on Monday.

City are the better side, will be at close to full strength (at least offensively), and will get a comfortable victory.

Last 6 EPL Matches

Manchester City – D D W D W L

Wigan Athletic – L L W L L W

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Prediction

Manchester City will win the match 2-0.

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