Wigan v Manchester City: Match preview


Wigan v Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

DW Stadium

Monday, January 16. Kick-off: 2000


Manchester City midfielder David Silva is likely to feature, having missed the Carling Cup defeat against Liverpool due to injury.

However, Mario Balotelli is a doubt after limping off with an ankle knock during last Wednesday's encounter.

Vincent Kompany is still suspended, while Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure are on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Wigan winger Albert Crusat has recovered from injury, while Shaun Maloney is not expected to make it back in time.

Mohamed Diame is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.


Platt feeling positive


Manchester City assistant manager David Platt does not believe a recent dip in form has had any psychological impact on the Barclays Premier League leader's players.

City have lost their last two games - both at home - with Manchester United triumphing in the FA Cup before Liverpool's Carling Cup win just three days later.

In the league, though, are still on top of the pile - although only on goal difference - and the the opportunity to extend their lead to three points with victory against Wigan tonight.

And Platt is confident his City charges will be in the right frame of mind for the encounter at the DW Stadium.

“Recent results haven’t got inside our head at all,” Platt said.

“Our focus is totally on the next game and, no matter what the outcome, our focus will be on the next one after that.

"It would be more of a worry if were playing badly, but I don’t think we are. It’s like the odds on a roulette wheel.

"Just because it’s come up seven times on red, it doesn’t mean it’s going to come up on black. The odds are exactly the same.”

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