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Rupert Wyman 4th Mar 2011 - 17:00

Let's all laugh at Manchester City

The Latics are trying to secure a seventh straight season in the top flight.  They are two points off Premier league safety but they have a daunting away trip on Saturday to the City of Manchester Stadium.

They play a Manchester City side that have been rocked by the news that their centre back Kolo Toure is ineligible to play pending further investigation into his failed drugs test.

He is rumoured to have been taking his wife's dietary pills.  City fans need to look over shoulders because Chelsea look like they may find some form and they will be buoyed by their win against The Reds. However United's loss means that with ten games left, City have a slim chance of winning the league.

Manchester City are 4/11 to win the clash, the draw is 18/5 and the Wigan win is 8/1. The City win looks tempting when you consider that in the reverse fixture earlier this season, Wigan didn't manage a single shot on target.

One player that loves scoring against the Latics is Tevez. He has scored six goals in his last seven matches against them and he is 9/4 to score the first goal. Man City were impressive in the FA Cup during midweek, when they took apart an under strength Villa side.

Wigan will see this as a derby match and they will want to grab at least a point off their Manchester neighbours. They have been boosted by the return of Cleverley and he is 11/2 to score anytime. A product of the Manchester United youth system, he has looked the part whilst on loan at the Latics.

Wigan will be buoyed by the fact that City could only manage a draw against Fulham last weekend. Wigan will not be a walkover and the players know they are in the latter stage of the season and it could come down to a point or goal difference on the final day of the season.

Wigan +1 goal at 2/1 could be a good bet, there has only been six goals scored in the five Premier League meetings between Wigan and City in Manchester. Wigan will play their best side and Boyce is their only major player crocked.

City have also won only one of their last five Premier League games, so Wigan are playing them at the right time.  You can back Wigan or the draw double chance at 2/1, if you fancy Wigan to upset Mancini's team.

The Match Winner for Saturday's live game is any Manchester City player to score two or more at 2/1. Both Dzeko and Vieira have scored two goals in a game recently but the player most likely to score two or more (4/1) is Balotelli.

He is immensely talented but he is clearly not a team player and he is very selfish on the ball. He will shoot from anywhere and he loves being the centre of attention.



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