MANCHESTER CITY - WIGAN ATHLETIC
Yet another big game for Wigan, their third in six days, the previous two were high profile, televised fixtures, where they were forced to play at a very high tempo and spend much of the game, chasing the ball. Now they make the short journey to Eastlands, for a second straight "derby" fixture.
City will strip much fresher, having not played since the humiliating home loss to Championship side , Nottingham Forest, on January 3rd. They desperately need a result and despite the Forest shocker, it is always much more likely to come on home soil, where they have scored a Premier League high 24 times. City miss the suspended Stephen Ireland and Wright-Phillips is a doubt, but on the plus side, Wayne Bridge will make his debut and free scoring ( at least at home) Robinho will be back in the line up.
Regardless of whether, or not ,Kaka comes to Manchester, there are obviously going to be a large number of big money signings, if anyone wants to play a role in City's seemingly glittering future, now is the time to start performing.
Wigan boss Steve Bruce claimed his side were exhausted after the United game on Tuesday and will be forced to rotate his squad and also leave out star performer Winston Palacios (now plays, very strange !), who is set to sign for Tottenham in a £14m move. He joined little more than a year ago for £im, a terrific piece of business for Athletic. One game too far, too soon for them, home win.
5.5 points Manchester City -1/2 ball 2.05 + asian line.