Preview: City v Wigan

Jamie McDonald

It'll be nice to get back on track this Sunday. It seems that for the past few weeks, since the league game against Chelsea, that we've been a little off-kilter. A good part of that has been the injuries to Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri, who haven't started together since the 6-3 win against Arsenal back in mid-December. On top of that, the first choice strike partnership of Aguero and Alvaro Negredo haven't started together since Jan 21.

For the first time in a while, we have all of our best players healthy and ready to go. Stevan Jovetic is injured, as is Matija Nastasic. Edin Dzeko is likely to miss, after picking up a knock and then playing through it for the national team. Fact of the matter is, none of those three are considered in the best XI.

The excitement of playing our best 6 attacking players will hopefully get City back to firing on all cylinders. We've only scored 7 goals in our last 6 games, including being held scoreless by Chelsea, Barcelona, and Norwich. A squeaky win against Stoke City didn't exactly impress, and although we won the Capital One Cup, it was a nervous affair for far too long.

This is the kind of game that we need to springboard us before the rematch against Barcelona on Wednesday. I'm still hopeful that we can pull off a historical comeback, but it will require our attacking players to be at their best. Hopefully Wigan can provide good target practice for that.

I think that Pellegrini will also use this game as a chance to let some seldom-used players get a look in. It wouldn't surprise me if Micah Richards was given an opportunity, along with Jack Rodwell. Javi Garcia could also start. I would bet that one or two of them will start, and the other two given a chance off the bench.

Projected Lineup: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo.

Prediction: City 5 - Wigan 0.

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