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Wigan vs Manchester City, FA Cup: Team News, Preview, Prediction

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Two of the most dominant teams in English football this season meet in a fantastic FA Cup tie

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Wigan Athletic (League One) vs Manchester City (Premier League)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 FA Cup, 5th Round (Round of 16)

Man City injuries: Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy

Wigan injuries: Shaun MacDonald, Craig Morgan

Date/Time: Monday, February 19th, 2018, 7.55pm GMT (UK), 8.55pm WAT (Nigeria), 2.55pm EST, 11.55am PST (USA), 1.25am IST (India, next day)

Venue: The DW Stadium, Wigan, England

Referee: Anthony Taylor

How to watch on TV: BBC One (UK), Fox Sports 1 (USA), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sony ESPN (India), others

How to stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports GO (USA), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


Premier League leaders Manchester City are basically through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League thanks to a dominant away win against FC Basel, so now they’ll look to advance to the next round of the FA Cup with a dominant away win against Wigan Athletic.

The Latics have had a tremendous season in League One and are the top scorers in the third division, which is totally understandable when you have Will Grigg in your team. Because, you know, he’s on fire and every defense is terrified.

Pep Guardiola and his men have the League Cup Final against Arsenal on Sunday, but they’ll surely take this one very seriously as well. The hunt for trophies is relentless and unstoppable, and every game matters for the best team in Europe.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Man City (4-3-3): Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden; Sterling, Agüero, Sané

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Fulton, Power; Massey, Powell, Jacobs; Grigg


PREDICTION

If Wigan don’t kick the living hell out of our players, we’ll get a good win here: 3-1 to the Blues. I’d say 3-0, but Will Grigg will play so we know he’ll score.