Wigan V City
By Master Bob
Updated Saturday, 17th October 2009
Blues aim to end dismal record
City travel to Wigan in search of their first win at the JJB stadium knowing victory will guarantee them at least fourth place in the league. The blues have lost all but one of their previous four visits to the JJB, with a 1-1 draw being City’s only point when Geovanni scored within ten seconds during the 2007/08 campaign.
The blues have injury worries ahead of the game with Kolo Toure (heel), Joleon Lescott (calf) Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) Martin Petrov (knee) and Nigel do Jong (knock) all struggling to be fit for the game.
Jet lag will be Wigan’s biggest worry with Hendry Thomas, Maynor Figueroa, leading scorer Hugo Rodallega and Jason Scotland all returning from long trips to central and South America.
The Latics go into the game on the back of some erratic form. After their shock 3-1 win over Chelsea, Wigan travelled to the North East where they were defeated by 2-1 by Hull City but boss Roberto Martinez will be hoping to uphold the Latics recent good record against the blues.
Wigan Athletic (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Thomas, Diame, Koumas, Gomez, Rodallega, Edman, Boyce, Cho, Scotland, King, McCarthy, Pollitt.
City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Sylvinho, Garrido, De Jong, Barry, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Ball, Weiss, Vidal, Bellamy, Santa Cruz, Petrov, Tevez, Adebayor.
Wigan had a great result against Chelsea last time at home but I think City will be too strong for the Latics on Sunday
Wigan 1-3 City