Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: League One side Wigan Athletic will host Premier League leaders Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.
Last time: Wigan recorded a 2-1 win over City at the Etihad Stadium when the pair met in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in March 2014. The result ensured that the then-holders Wigan would return to Wembley for another semi-final.
This time: Wigan are 20/1 to triumph with Man City available at 2/11 and the draw at 73/10.
You might remember: The Latics claimed their first major trophy in 81 years when they recorded a 1-0 win over Man City in the final of the 2013 FA Cup. Ben Watson’s injury time header secured a stunning upset in a season when Wigan were relegated from the Premier League.
Wigan Athletic's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2
Wigan boss Paul Cook has no fresh injury concerns from the team that suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool in League One on Tuesday night.
Will Grigg will again lead the line for the Latics as he goes in search of his seventh FA Cup goal of the season. Former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell will also start in an advanced position.
Manchester City's Last Six:
Won: 5 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0
City boss Pep Guardiola could recall John Stones and Aymeric Laporte after the pair sat out Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Basel in the Champions League.
Leroy Sane and David Silva are also in line for starts, while Kevin De Bruyne could be rested ahead of the EFL Cup final against Arsenal on February 25.
Wigan will be looking to claim a third FA Cup scalp against Manchester City when they welcome Guardiola’s side to the DW Stadium on Monday night. The Latics beat City in the final of the 2013 FA Cup, and also dumped the Citizens out in the quarter-finals of the competition a year later. It will be a tough task for the League One side, however, due to City’s stunning form this season.
Wigan are 20/1 to triumph as the Latics look to eliminate Premier League opposition for the third straight round. Indeed, Paul Cook’s side beat Bournemouth in the third round, before overcoming West Ham United last time out. Wigan will enter the match off the back of successive league defeats, however, which has seen them drop into second position in the table. Cook’s team have hit a blip following a brilliant run of form, and they face a serious task against the Blues on home soil.
City are 2/11 as the Citizens look to continue their pursuit of all four trophies this season. Guardiola’s side are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and will have the chance to claim their first trophy of the season in the EFL Cup final later this month. They will enter this match off the back of a 4-0 win over Basel, meanwhile, in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League. The in-form side have won six of their seven matches in all competitions since suffering a 4-3 defeat at Liverpool on January 14.
The draw is 73/10, but it is worth nothing that there has not been a draw in this particular fixture since a Premier League clash in March 2008. Wigan have performed well against Premier League opposition in this season’s competition, however, and there is a feeling that City will slip up at some point. Anything can happen in the FA Cup, and Wigan would certainly take a money-spinning replay at the Etihad.
Grigg is 16/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the Wigan forward can be backed at 40/1 to score two or more times. Grigg has managed six FA Cup goals in just four starts this season, and the 26-year-old scored both of his team’s goals in the last round against West Ham.
Sergio Aguero is 11/4 to break the deadlock on Monday night as the Argentine looks to continue his incredible run of form. The 29-year-old netted four times against Leicester City in the Premier League last weekend before registering against Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night. It is 13/5 that Aguero scores two or more goals against Wigan.
Predicted Score: Wigan Athletic 0 - 2 Manchester City
Look out for:
The first goalscorer market, which has plenty of excellent value. Aside from the forward options, Ilkay Gundogan – who scored twice against Basel – is available at 12/1. Nick Powell, meanwhile, is at 16/1 for the home side.
City to win 2-0 at 6/1. Wigan are enjoying an impressive season, but the visitors should be too strong for the League One outfit. A low-scoring away win does appear a likely outcome on Monday night.
It’s a long shot, but:
Wigan to win 1-0 is available at 55/1. The Latics have won their last two FA Cup meetings with City, and certainly have a chance if they perform as they did against West Ham in the last round of the competition.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.