English FA Cup – Wigan vs Manchester City

Monday night sees a repeat of the 2013 FA Cup Final at The DW Stadium as Wigan host Manchester City in the FA Cup Fourth Round. That day in 2013 remains one of Wigan’s most famous in their history as they upset the odds to beat oil rich, Manchester City 1-0. The Latics have a tremendous recent record against their more illustrious opponents and also knocked The Citizens out of the FA Cup in 2014. Pep Guardiola will be confident that his side can avoid an upset on Monday night though as he aims to keep a stunning quadruple on the cards.

  • When: 7:55PM, Monday, February 19th, 2018
  • Where: DW Stadium, Wigan, England

Wigan

Wigan have struggled in the last couple of weeks and back to back defeats in the league saw them miss out on the chance to go to the top of the League One table. One of Wigan’s key midfielders, Sam Morsy, will miss Monday’s game after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season. Cult hero Will Grigg is likely to lead the attack for Wigan, with former Manchester United youngster, Nick Powell in behind him.

Manchester City

Manchester City picked up a comfortable 4-0 win away at Basel in their last fixture as Pep Guardiola’s side continue their stunning form in all competitions. Brazilian striker, Gabriel Jesus has returned from injury and could well feature in the game, with Guardiola likely to make a whole host of changes to his starting line up. Yaya Toure, Claudio Bravo, Danilo and John Stones are all in line to make appearances.

Talking Points

 Wigan’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester City in 2013 was the club’s first and only major trophy win.

  1. Wigan have won 8 of the 28 games between these two sides.
  2. Will Grigg is Wigan’s top scorer this season with 15 goals, Sergio Aguero leads the way for Manchester City with 29.

Prediction

Despite Wigan’s excellent recent record against Manchester City in the FA Cup, it’s still hard to look past a City win here. Pep Guardiola’s side have lost only twice this season and they look likely to sweep all before them right now. I’m backing City to continue their march towards the quadruple with a comfortable win here.

Betting Tips (Coral)

Manchester City start this game as huge favourites at odds of 1/7, whilst a home win for Wigan is priced up at 22/1, with the draw available at 7/1. I can’t see Wigan causing City too many problems in this one, so the 8/11 on City to Win to Nil looks like a great bet to me. In terms of goal scorers, Gabriel Jesus to score first at 14/5 looks tempting to me. The Brazilian will be aiming to come back with a bang if he starts the game, especially considering Sergio Aguero’s recent form. Spurs to Win & Over 3.5 Goals – 29/20 (Coral). Find here Coral Sportsbook Review.

 

 

 

 

 

English Premier League – Bournemouth vs Manchester City

The early game in the Premier League on Saturday sees Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team. It has been a difficult start to the season for Bournemouth with the club yet to score a goal or pick up a point in either of their opening two Premier League matches. Bournemouth were expected to do well this season after bringing in Nathan Ake, Asimir Begovic and Jermain Defoe over the summer, but defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Watford have set Howe’s team back somewhat. Manchester City on the other hand remain favourites to win the Premier League crown this season despite dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Everton last time out.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth finally picked up a win on Tuesday night by beating Birmingham City 2-1 in the EFL Cup. Eddie Howe made a number of changes for the match and second half goals from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh were enough to give Bournemouth their first taste of success this season. The club have been disappointing in their opening Premier League games against sides they may have been expecting to beat. Howe knows it will not get any easier against Manchester City this weekend and his defence will have to be at their very best to guard against City’s wealth of attacking talent.

Manchester City

Manchester City dropped points in their last Premier League match in an ill tempered game with Everton at The Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead against the run of play before Kyle Walker was sent off for two bookable offences for Manchester City just before half time. Guardiola’s side were well on top for most of the game, but it took until the 82nd minute to grab an equaliser when substitute Raheem Sterling found the back of the net. Manchester City dominated the game, despite being reduced to ten men in the first half and ended the game having had 19 shots and 72% possession. Have a look under this review of PaddyPower.

Talking Points

  1. Kyle Walker’s red card was the first time he has been sent off in 200 appearances in the competition and he will miss this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.
  2. Can Bournemouth stop Manchester City’s rampant forward line? Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne will all be gunning for Bournemouth’s goal.
  3. Can Bournemouth score a goal? The South Coast club are yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

Prediction

Bournemouth have struggled so far this campaign and I’m backing Manchester City to pick up another comfortable victory in this one. I think there could be goals for them in this one with Eddie Howe preferring an attractive style of football that doesn’t always give his defence too much cover.

Betting Tips (888Sports) (Read this review for more Information.)

Despite being away from home, Manchester City are big favourites for this one at odds of 1/3, whilst if you fancy Bournemouth to win you can get 7/1 on them. The draw is available at 17/4, but I think it’s hard to look past a Manchester City win here. Manchester City (-2) is available at 2/1 and I do think they could pick up a convincing win here, so I’ll be going for that.

Manchester City (-2) – (Bet365)  

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