UK time is: 01:43:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic

City of Manchester Stadium

03/03/2007

3pm

City out for revenge

November's flip side of this fixture provided what was perhaps the most embarrassing display of a pretty awful league season so far.

City conceded two in the first five minutes at the JJB stadium and never recovered, eventually going down 4-0 to a team who had previously been in a poor run of form. Sounds like a familiar course of events to me.

That defeat effectively ended mass support from within the stands for Stuart Pearce and it is perhaps to his credit, and his ability to get a result when he desperately needs one, that he still remains in the manager's seat four months on.

Today is another of those must win fixtures. Wigan lie two places and one point below City in the Premiership. They seem to have found some form of late while City continue to struggle in the league, having failed to win in the league for five games.

Just like last season City will follow this fixture with an FA Cup quarter final. Let's hope both fixtures are an enormous improvement on this time last season and that we can put to bed the embarrassment of November's 4-0 reverse.

The Managers

Stuart Pearce

'I recognise we are right in the thick of it. I have been saying that for some weeks now.

'We have to aim for 40 points and go from there. That is what everybody around us will be doing.'

Paul Jewell
'From our point of view the more clubs scrapping it out for survival, the better.

'Every game is massive, but these three don't really come any bigger for a club like Wigan and could go a long way to preserving our Premiership status.'

Manchester City Team News:

Emile Mpenza stands by to make his debut for the blues with a huge weight of expectation building on his shoulders already. The other strikers inability to find the net has meant supporters are hoping that Mpenza will be the masterstroke signing.

Dickov is once again available although Vassell, Onouha and Sinclair are all still absent with injuries.

Player to watch: Samaras

Overdue a good game and generally does better at home than on his travels.

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Hall is suspended and Camara is injured. Folan could return after an ankle injury.

Player to watch: Heskey

Never ever has Heskey impressed me as a player. So why is it that he has a habit of finding the net against City? Nailed on goalscorer maybe.

Match Facts & Stats

A pretty poor record of late against the pie eaters needs arresting. The last three league fixtures between the sides have seen Wigan come out on top 4-3, 1-0 and 4-0.

City supporters shouldn't despair however, the blues did manage to turn Wigan over in last season's FA cup with a 1-0 win at Eastlands. Problem was, it was a weakened Wigan side.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb ... Thought he had a good cup final last week despite Arsene's whinges. Hope he keeps the game flowing.

Match Prediction:

City to carry their cup form into this fixture and take the points with a 2-0 win.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn (a) FA Cup quarter final. Sun 11/03/2007 @ 1600.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 3 2007

Time: 10:08AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Hart Set For England Milestone (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Shortlist Drawn Up! (Wednesday March 25 2015)

City Stars On International Duty (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Pellegrini Gets Lampard Backing (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Kompany - Focus Has To Be Wins (Sunday March 22 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Buzz Lightyear 516
2. Skoorb 443
3. Johnny Baguette 407
4. Bluedub 233
5. kennyclementstache 209
6. BamaEngineer 182
7. citizhun 129
8. CITYBOY1000 128
9. fifthcolumnblue 105
10. johnkelv 91

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 3 - 0 WBA
Burnley 1 - 0 Man City
Man City 2 - 0 Leicester City
Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 5 - 0 Newcastle
Stoke 1 - 4 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 29 20 7 2 +36 67
2. Man City 30 18 7 5 +34 61
3. Arsenal 30 18 6 6 +27 60
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 +25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 +12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 +21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 +5 53

Breaking League News

Leicester Ticket Prices Too High?
Leicester City : 27/03/2015 20:50:01
Hull Get Pathetic FA Charge
Hull City : 27/03/2015 20:41:00
Liverpool: Pjanic Speculation Growing
Liverpool : 27/03/2015 19:36:00
Stoke's March goal of the month
Stoke : 27/03/2015 19:24:00
Adam wins Crystal Palace man of the match poll
Stoke : 27/03/2015 19:18:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

WBA MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Hart 3%
Zabaleta 0%
Kompany 0%
Mangala 6%
Clichy 0%
Jesus Navas 0%
Fernando 6%
Lampard 0%
Silva 53%
Bony 6%
Aguero 20%
Sub - Jovetic 0%
Sub - Dzeko 0%
Sub - Milner 6%