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STAR PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic v Man City

The ‘over 3.5 goals’ was landed at Spotland last night but to say by anything other than a modern day miracle would be an understatement !!!

That was certainly the coupon buster result of the weekend. I spoke to a good friend this afternoon who made the valid point that when you have a David v Goliath type cup tie, why don’t the long odds on team START with their strongest side possible and then kill the tie off – rather than bringing on the likes of Harry Kane when the going starts to get a little tougher? Point well made as far as I can see.

Lightning is unlikely to strike twice at the DW Stadium where Wigan host Man City. It was only back in 2013 that this would have been a top flight fixture but Wigan’s fortunes have nose-dived spectacularly and the Latics are currently battling it out for promotion in second place in League One.

Man City still have eyes on the Quadruple so won’t be letting off the gas and certainly would want to avoid a replay in an already congested fixture list.

It’s also a repeat of the 2013 FA Cup Final which Wigan won 1-0 and then the following season Wigan again beat Man City in the FA Cup to reach the semi finals.

Wigan’s manager Paul Cook said: “We’ve got a fantastic stadium and the support inside it will make it a really good atmosphere, that’s a guarantee.

“Everyone can look forward to a good night of football.

“Football has a funny way of sending out shock results and our belief on Monday night must be that we can win the game.”

Wigan Athletic v Man City
FA Cup 5th Round
19:55 BBC One

(Maximum 10 matches)
Mar 2014 FA CUP Man City 1-2 Wigan
Sep 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Man City 5-0 Wigan
May 2013 FA CUP Man City 0-1 Wigan
Apr 2013 PREMIER Man City 1-0 Wigan
Nov 2012 PREMIER Wigan 0-2 Man City
Jan 2012 PREMIER Wigan 0-1 Man City
Sep 2011 PREMIER Man City 3-0 Wigan
Mar 2011 PREMIER Man City 1-0 Wigan
Sep 2010 PREMIER Wigan 0-2 Man City
Mar 2010 PREMIER Man City 3-0 Wigan

Wigan are strong in defence which puts me off a high scoring game but both teams to score at around 11/10 with Star Sports makes some appeal. After last night it’s like having a free-roll bet.

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