Wigan v Man City

16 October 2009 12:09
Wigan v Man City Live text and stats Content will update automatically Sunday, 18 October 2009 Premier League Home Team Score Away Team Time Wigan v Man City 16:00 WIGAN MAN CITY Possession * Wigan 50% * Man City 50% Shots on target * Wigan 0 * Man City 0 Shots off target * Wigan 0 * Man City 0 Corners * Wigan 0 * Man City 0 Fouls * Wigan 0 * Man City 0 Barclays Premier League Venue: DW Stadium Date: Sunday, 18 October 2009 Kick-off: 1600 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio, live on Sky Sports 1 & highlights on Match of the Day 2 TEAM NEWS Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has a full-strength squad to choose from as they look for a third straight home victory. Their international contingent reported no ill-effects on their return. Manchester City have defensive problems, with captain Kolo Toure (heel) and fellow defender Joleon Lescott (calf) both doubtful. Craig Bellamy has a sore groin, Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong are nursing ankle knocks, while Nedum Onuoha and Robinho are certain non-starters. Wigan Suspended: None Doubtful: None Injured: None Manchester City Suspended: None Doubtful: Lescott (calf), Toure (heel), Zabaleta (hamstring), Kompany & de Jong (both ankle) Injured: Robinho (ankle), Onuoha (thigh), Benjani (hip) MATCH PREVIEW Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he would not swap his current squad for that of Manchester City - claiming the visitors' set-up resembles "a computer game". Lactics goalkeeper Chris Kirkland Kirkland believes it is more the attitude of the Wigan players than the quality of the opposition that will have the biggest bearing on the result, as demonstrated when they beat Chelsea at the DW Stadium in their last home match. Kirkland revealed that the Wigan players not on international duty have been chalking up the hours at the training ground as they look to put defeat to Hull last time out behind them. City boss Mark Hughes may have spent £116m on new talent during the summer, yet he has had special praise this week for Craig Bellamy, whom he believes has become a growing influence on the City team in recent weeks. You can play him off a big man, just off the front, on either side, and he will still have an impact on the game Mark Hughes, Man City manager Bellamy, who has previously played under Hughes at Blackburn and at international level with Wales, has scored five goals in his last five games, including one for Wales. Referee Alan Wiley will take charge of a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson questioned his fitness after Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland. It has since been statistically proven that Wiley's performance was exemplary, prompting an apology from Ferguson. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • Man City have never won in six trips to Wigan in all competitions since the Lactics left Springfield Park. In fact their only ever win was 11 years ago in the third tier. Cult-hero Shaun Goater scored the winner in a 1-0 win. • Wigan have won three of four home games against City since their promotion to the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in the process. 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match Wigan • After losing their opening two home games under Roberto Martinez, the Lactics have now won each of their last two matches at the DW Stadium. • Only four goals have so far been scored in total during the first half of Wigan's eight league games. However, 19 have been scored after the break. • If he plays, Emmerson Boyce will be making his 100th Wigan appearance. Man City • After opening the season with four successive clean sheets in all competitions, City have now conceded nine in their last five games. • City have won two of their opening four league away matches - that is as many as they won throughout the whole of the 2008/09 campaign. • Despite the millions splashed out on players by City, manager Mark Hughes has used just 18 in the league this season - the equal fewest. • The next league goal scored by Craig Bellamy will be his 100th in English football. LEADING GOALSCORERS Hugo Rodallega Wigan Rodallega: 3 goals (3 league); Scharner: 2 goals (2 league) Emmanuel Adebayor Man City Adebayor & Bellamy: 4 goals (4 league) MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Alan Wiley Assistant referees: Shaun Proctor-Green & Mick McDonough Fourth official: Peter Walton LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Wigan (L1-2 v Hull City, a): Kirkland; Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, N'Zogbia (Sinclair 84), Diame, Thomas (King 90), Rodallega, Scharner (Gomez 66), Scotland. Subs not used: Pollitt, Cho, Koumas, Kapo. Man City (D1-1 v Aston Villa, a): Given; Toure, Bridge, Zabaleta, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, de Jong (Ireland, 50), Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez (Santa Cruz, 69) Subs not used: Petrov, Sylvinho, Richards, Taylor, Johnson. MOST RECENT MEETING Wigan 2-1 Man City, 28 September 2008 Wigan scorers: Valencia 16, Zaki 34 pen. Man City scorer: Kompany 22.

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