PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Manchester City – the action from the DW Stadium as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Wigan host Manchester City at the DW Stadium to wrap up the weekend's action. It's a top v bottom clash as Roberto Mancini's side aim to pull out a three point gap ahead of their closest rivals Manchester United. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Wigan 0-0 Manchester City (8pm)
Click here for all the goals as they go in
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell,
Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Crusat, Rodallega, Moses.
Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Boyce, Sammon.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Savic,
Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko.
Pantilimon, Johnson, Kolarov, Hargreaves, Onuoha, De Jong, Rekik.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
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14min: Twice in two minutes Aguero is through on goal but both times he is flagged offside. Correct decisions but even the blind squirrel gets the nut eventually. Wigan can't keep letting him go like that.
11min: Wigan are showing an attacking threat though. Hugo Rodallega wins a loose ball he looks second favourite to claim on the halfway line before advancing forward.
He reaches the edge of the box but blasts way, way over.
9min: But City's sloppiness in front of goal is masking defensive problems from the hosts.
Samir Nasri chips a cross into the box and totally unmarked, Stefan Savic heads over. Not good enough from either side there.
8min: Some time to try and decipher a pattern in the game as City finally take control of proceedings. Wigan sitting back and so far are happy to let City attack.
5min: Back at the other end. Gael Clichy is given plenty of time to deliver a cross to the near post where Edin Dzeko heads wide. On form that is meat and gravy for him – should do better.
3min: Yikes, now City are defending desperately! Wigan have a soft penalty appeal waved away inside the box before James McArthur's shot deflects off James Milner for a corner.
City survive but what a start!
1min: When I say a lot more by the way, there are still plenty of empty seats on show, but you could almost count the spectators on both your hands before.
City start very brightly as the Latics are forced into some desperate defending inside their own box, but they survive to clear their lines.
Kick-off: Manchester City get us underway.
19.57: Players are out and I'm pleased to say there are A LOT more fans inside the ground now.
19.55: Players are in the tunnel with Joe Hart sharing a conversation with his opposite number Ali Al Habsi. No union is stronger than the goalkeepers one.
19.52: It's a clear night at Wigan and I'm not just talking about the climate conditions. From what I can see there seems to be more empty seats than even I have come to expect at the DW Stadium.
19.49: Don't forget folks you can keep-up-to-date with all the goals involving games from any Premier League side with our live goal service on Twitter. Perfect for when you're out and about.
19.46: From InfostradaLive:
Wigan have the Premier League record this season for being awarded penalties (6) and giving them away (6). They share the latter with WBA.
19.43: REF WATCH: Martin Atkinson.
No official has handed out more than his six red cards this term from a total of 16 games…brace yourselves.
19.40: Roberto Mancini has confirmed that while Micah Richards misses out tonight, he should be available for the visit of Tottenham this weekend.
19.37: David Silva returns for Manchester City at Wigan this evening but stand-in skipper Micah Richards and striker Mario Balotelli are missing from Roberto Mancini's starting line-up.
With skipper Vincent Kompany suspended and both Yaya and Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty, the loss of Richards with a hamstring problem and Balotelli to an ankle knock are further blows to a Blues side that has lost its last two games and won just one of its last five.
They are heavily fancied to win tonight though, against a Latics outfit that has slumped to the foot of the Premier League and has lost Mohamed Diame to the African Nations Cup, although Gary Caldwell is back from suspension and Victor Moses is back in favour.
19.34: From InfostradaLive:
It is six hours and 45 minutes since Wigan Athletic last scored against Manchester City who have won last four between the clubs.
Hat-trick hero: Sergio Aguero netted all of City's goals in a 3-0 win against Wigan earlier this season
19.31: Full line-ups from the DW Stadium:
Wigan v Man City
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Crusat, Rodallega, Moses. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Boyce, Sammon.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Johnson, Kolarov, Hargreaves, Onuoha, De Jong, Rekik.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
19.28: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany on Twitter:
On my way to see the boys play. They've looked good in training all week so there's no reason why we can't make it happen tonight. #CmonCity
19.25: Let's not write off Wigan though. They may be bottom but a win tonight and they move up into 17th and out of the relegation zone. It's a big ask but it just shows that no side is proving to be cannon fodder in the division this term.
19.22: So Manchester United's win over Bolton has put the Red Devils on level pegging with City going into tonight's fixture, but City's game in hand gives them the edge still.
Despite their recent wobbles you have to still fancy them to take all three points.
19.19: Wigan starting XI:
Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Crusat, Moses, Gomez, McArthur, Rodallega, Stam, Figueroa.
19.16: From OptaJoe:
2 – Man City have won none of their last four Premier League away games, picking up just two points from a possible 12. Slump.
19.13: Manchester City starting XI:
Hart, Zabaleta, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko.
19.10: Looking at this fixture ahead of the weekend, my first reaction was to stick the mortgage on an away win.
But after some more thinking I am now not so sure. City have not been at their swashbuckling best in recent weeks and after some of the results we have seen over the past couple of days we may as well pull out a lucky dip for this one. I'm going for a 7-6 Latics win – over to you.
Serge back to form: Aguero will be keen to improve Manchester City's recent run of poor results