PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic vs City

Robert Pollard and Robert Toole

Wigan Athletic versus Manchester City, Wednesday 28th November 2012, 8pm, DW Stadium, Wigan.

Tickets: Away allocation is sold out. There are still tickets available in the home end, ranging from £5 for under-16s to £30 for adults. You can get them from DW Stadium ticket office, online at www.wiganathletic.com/tickets and by calling the ticket hotline on 0871 6633552.

Last Season: Wigan 0-1 City

Referee: Mark Halsey

Team News

Wigan – Forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defender Gary Caldwell (hamstring) will face late fitness tests. Ivan Ramis is out after picking up a hamstring injury at the weekend.

City – Gael Clichy and Micah Richards, who have respective ankle and knee problems, remain sidelined. Jack Rodwell is not ready to return, but Vincent Kompany is fit to play despite carrying a knee injury.

Stats

City have won their last 5 PL games in a row against Wigan Athletic and haven’t conceded a single goal in that run.

Since 2010, we have conceded 0.66 goals per game when Pablo Zabaleta starts compared to 0.98 when he doesn’t.

As of his 48th birthday, Roberto Mancini has won 68 of his 110 Premier League games in charge of City (61.82%).

Wigan’s last win in this fixture came in September 2008 when Amr Zaki scored the decisive penalty after Vincent Kompany had equalised for City.

City are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League matches, their best top-flight run since a 22-game sequence in 1936-37. We are the only team in England’s top four divisions who have not lost in the league this season.

City have gained 14 points from losing positions, a record bettered only by Manchester United.

City have the division’s best defensive record, conceding just 10 goals in 13 matches.

Wigan league form: WWLLW

City league form: WDWWD

Stats courtesy of Opta City & BBC Football

Press Conference

David Platt once again stepped in for Roberto Mancini at the pre-match press conference. He spoke about the impact Matija Nastasic has had since making his debut in Madrid. His performances have seen him edge ahead of Joleon Lescott in the race to partner Vincent Kompany in the heart of the City defensive, making 7 straight starts for the Blues.

Platt said:

That is testament to [Nastasic]. He has stepped in. The first couple of games he has had to get used to English football but he has done that very quickly,

Joleon is fine. He will be available for selection like he was available for selection for a few games.

See the full press conference via the videos below.

Fixtures

All matches kick off at 7.45pm unless stated.

Everton v Arsenal

Southampton v Norwich

Stoke v Newcastle

Swansea v West Brom

Tottenham v Liverpool

Manchester United v West Ham (8pm)

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