The Manchester City vs Wigan FA Cup match will be played this Sunday, March 9, 2014 (9:05 AM Pacific, 17:05 GMT) at the Etihad stadium.
This is a quarter finals match, and the winner of this clash will play in the semis against Charlton or Sheffield United.
So, it is obvious that Manchester City is the clear favorite to make it to the finals, and considering their efforts to take League Cup recently, it is expected that they will play the very best they can in this match too.
Manchester City has been showing signs of improvement in their game recently – they won the last two matches they played against Stoke and Sunderland.
Also, a thing of utmost importance for Pellegrini is that his best attacker, Sergio Aguero, is fit, and with him on the pitch, Manchester City is a different team, their striking force becomes deadly, and they win with ease.
On the other hand, Wigan is currently resting on the 6th place in the Championship, and they are in a fine form too. Wigan won 5 games in a row, so City must be cautious in this match.
However, the biggest goal for Wigan right now is the comeback to the Premier league, and with this series of wins they are currently in the spot that leads to playoffs, so it is expected that they will not line up their best 11 for their trip to Etihad, since it is clear that City is the strong favorite even if they do so.
Several players that played in Premier league are currently in Wigan, coming from Liverpoool and WBA, even the English international Scot Carson, and defenders Emmerson Boyce and Stephen Crainey.
Their best player this season is the young attacking midfielder Nick Powell, on a loan from Manchester United.
If he plays, he will have a great motive to show his skills to United’s manager Moyes, against their fierce rivals.
Pellegrini has negligible problems with injured players, since only Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasic are out, so Demichelis will probably once again feature as a central defender beside captain Kompany.
Manchester City vs Wigan Prediction
It is expected that City will dictate the tempo and try to seal the deal as soon as possible. Considering all these facts, the prediction is that Manchester City will win this game by 4 goals to 1.
Manchester City vs Wigan TV Info
The match will be televised on Fox Sports 2 USA, and BT Sport 1 (UK).