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Rupert Wyman 15th Jan 2012 - 12:33

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City are struggling in the Carling Cup and they now need to win at Anfield. They are out of the Champions League along with the FA Cup and their principal aim has to be landing the Premier League trophy.

Wigan are 17/2 to win the match, the draw is 11/4 and a City away victory is 4/9. The spotlight is on Mancini, he is expected to win the league. Lowly Wigan may put up some resistance but three points looks guaranteed.

However, City have won none of their last four Premier League away games, picking up just two points from a possible twelve. If you want to take on City, you can back Wigan at 9/2 draw no bet.

Wigan or the draw is 17/10 and the Latics have taken down some of the bigger clubs in recent years, the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Wigan have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games against City. A City clean sheet is 19/20 and they will not be too worried about the attacking threat of Rodallega, Di Santo and Moses.

For the Match Winner, we have enhanced the price of Man City to win to nil from 11/8 to 7/4. The league leaders have kept four clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches.

City are welcoming back Silva and he is a major player for them. He is 5/1 to grab the first goal and he is City's best flair player.

City's mad-cap striker Balotelli may want to become a DJ but for now the controversial Italian needs to concentrate on Wigan. He has been ill of late and he will probably feature from the bench.

Two City players have scored hat-tricks in the last four meetings with Wigan, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. Sergio may be one of the most exciting strikers in the league but I would not be interested in him repeating the feat at 12/1.

The Latics have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side (256). This is a derby and Wigan may play good football but they will still try and rough up City. A red card in the match is 9/2, and you can back 4-6 cards at 23/20.

If the match is not going City's way, they could get tetchy and you can expect to see cards. Mancini is not officially under-pressure but he needs to win fixtures against relegation threatened clubs.

Jordi Gomez looks the biggest threat for Wigan, the Spaniard has so far had an excellent season and he has cemented a place in the first team. He is 6/1 to score anytime and 16/1 to score the first goal. He can shoot from distance and he is better going forward.

Chelsea may have conceded a late equaliser at Wigan but City are a different quality. The players will want to impress after the defeat at home to Liverpool and there could be worse punts than City -1 at 11/10.




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