Wigan manager Steve Bruce is hoping his side can kickstart their season by maintaining their superb record against Manchester City.

Bruce believes victory over big-spending City, fresh from their £200million takeover, would be a real boost for the Latics as they aim to cement a place in mid-table.

"I hope we can go and get a big scalp like Man City now to kickstart us and it'll be good to continue our record against them," said Bruce.

"We looked at our start and thought we've got some difficult games," he added.

"We had to go to West Ham, had Chelsea at home and Tottenham away, but in terms of points we've done okay.

"We could have done with one or two more, then it would have been a really good start, but we've also played a couple of Carling Cup games that we've won comprehensively so we're off and running.

While Wigan enjoyed a 4-1 Carling Cup win at Ipswich in midweek, City were knocked out by League One Brighton.

That came on the back of a 6-0 thumping of Portsmouth last week, when City turned on the style to stay in the top five, making it difficult for Bruce to predict what City side will emerge at the JJB Stadium.

"How many times have we seen that in football? That's why we all enjoy it so much," he said.

"Cup football always brings a shock and we've seen various teams get knocked out by teams from lower divisions."

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