FT: Manchester City 1 Wigan 0

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A piece of individual magic from Carlos Tevez handed Manchester City the spoils against Wigan in a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final next month. The Argentine bagged the winner after turning past two players on the edge of the box before crashing his shot into the roof of the net with seven minutes remaining. Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone missed good chances for the Latics who remain in the relegation zone.

James McCarthy bundles over Aleksandar Kolarov and earns a booking for that late challenge.

City break through Scott Sinclair and he earns his side a throw deep in Wigan territory.

James McCarthy wins his side a free-kick on halfway and they immediately get on with it.

Wigan left it late at QPR last time out. What can they do here?

There will be a minimum of FOUR added minutes for stoppage time.

It's been a brave effort from the Latics, but Manchester City always score at the Ethiad and it doesn't matter if it's the first minute or the last. They keep providing the ammunition.

Shaun Maloney is now replaced by Roger Espinoza for the final few minutes.

James McArthur comes on for Jordi Gomez as Roberto Martinez makes an instant change.

SUPER TEVEZ! The Argentine turns away from two men on the edge of the box before smashing his right-foot shot into the roof of the net past Joel. That's his eight goal in nine games!


Scott Sinclair replaces Micah Richards for CIty then.

OFFSIDE! Paul Scharner strikes the crossbar from close-range, but the flag was up.

Yaya Toure thumps his right-foot shot well wide of goal.

James Milner's low drive is well handled by the busy Joel. City are starting to apply some pressure now with the clock ticking.

@Segclothing Tweets: "Give Wigan some credit here. They have dominated this so far." They have indeed and probably deserve something from the game!

GOOD SAVE! AT the other end Edin Dzeko is put through by Yaya Toure, but his low shot is saved by the feet of Joel.

CHANCE! Callum McManaman cuts inside but his low drive towards goal is weak and that allows Joe Hart to make the save.

@jackashurst2 Tweets: "Me and Sam say Wigan to win, 2-0 final score and Sam say Kone to win it in stoppage time!"

With Manchester United losing at West Ham, you would think this is a perfect opportunity to close that gap to 12 points for City!

The wind has picked up at the Ethiad Stadium as Samir Nasri swivels away from his marker superbly.

@JamesPMarkham Tweets: "Come on my Wigan! Fighting spirit as per.keep it up!"

Yaya Toure's shot deflects up in the air and out for a City corner.

Jean Beausejour's low driven cross is hammered away by Vincent Kompany.

Youngster Callum McManaman comes on for Franco Di Santo, who hobbles off.

@D_J002 Tweets: "All I want, is for both teams to score to complete my fourfold. Before the game I was certain that there were goals in both teams."

Jean Beausejour fails to control a long pass and now City pile forward at the other end. Carlos Tevez's inswinging cross is collected by Joel.

68 per cent of the goals Wigan have scored have been netted in the second half this season, the highest percentage in the top flight. Edin Dzeko is caught offside, but play is allowed to continue.

Roberto Mancini's men are also in fine form with seven wins from their last eight games in all competitions.

Gareth Barry brings down James McCarthy for a Wigan free-kick out wide.

James Milner drives himself to the byline, but his cut-backfails to find Samir Nasri in the middle.

Meanwhile, Wigan are dominating possession. They've had all the chances in this game. No wonder they have won six out of their last eight games!

Roberto Mancini's experiment with a back three is over after about ten minutes and City now have a back four again. 4-2-3-1 with Edin Dzeko the target man.

James Milner comes on in place of makeshift central defender Javi Garcia.

Jean Beausejour's cross is cut out by the busy Vincent Kompany.

Meanwhile, James Milner is preparing to come on for City.

Franco Di Santo is down on the ground, but quickly gets to his feet.

GREAT CHALLENGE! Franco Di Santo finds Arouna Kone in the box, but Vincent Kompany makes an outstanding tackle to deny him the opening goal.

Shaun Maloney's cross is heading into the back of the net until Joe Hart scrambles across his goal to make an easy catch.

รพ@neilkearns2 Tweets: "City to win 3-0 I would have said at begining but not 1-0 I'll be happy."

Arouna Kone runs straight at Javi Garcia before lashing his effort wide of the far post.

Both teams are going for it at the start of this half and I'm glad to say the atmosphere has picked up too.

Andy Jackson says: "This is why the Premier League is the best in the world, top v bottom and nothing to match between them."

Carlos Tevez is booked after a late challenge on Maynor Figueroa.

OFF THE LINE! Shaun Maloney twists and turns before his goalbound effort is cleared away by Joleon Lescott.

He's actually playing in the middle of a three alongside Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards.

@PeterWalsh2727 Tweets: "What do you make of Javi Garcia, still has a lot to prove I think."

City have appeared to have gone to a back three, which means they are now playing the same system as Wigan - 3-4-3.

Edin Dzeko will give City some much needed height in attack.

Roberto Mancini must have had some harsh words to say at the break.

City change and Edin Dzeko has replaced Sergio Aguero.

Sanjay Shah also gets his boot in: "Newcastle fan Reece should stick to worrying about his own team! Come on little Wigan - let's get one over the billionaires and make the barcodes worry some more!"

Glenn Howard says: "Typical Newcastle fan Reece. I'm guessing his comment was relating to the Callum Mac challenge on Haidara a couple of weeks back. Boring! Anyway Wigan to nick a 1-0 win tonight big Arouna Kone 83rd minute cmon lads the great escapes on!"

Dave Birch emails in to say: "Evening Raz, Wigan always play well this time if year but there luck is due to run out this season. I'm hoping city do my Villa a huge favour and give them an hiding. I think City will turn the screw 2nd half and will eventually win 3-0."

If you'd like to air your views during the second half, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

Manchester City are 8/15 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Wigan 7/1 and the draw 2/1. Aleksandar Kolarov and Franco Di Santo are both 16/1 to bag the first goal tonight. City have won the last six Premier League games against Wigan without conceding a single goal so went for a comfortable home win tonight - 3-0, which was priced at 7/1 and is now 10/1. Still worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new window to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the commentary.

In an FA Cup final dress rehearsal at the Etihad Stadium Wigan are holding Manchester City at the break. The Latics could have taken the lead when Shaun Maloney picked out Franco Di Santo in the box, but Joe Hart came to the rescue with a wonderful save. Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have come closest for lacklustre City. Let's hope for a better second half.

Shaun Maloney blasts his right-foot shot over the crossbar.

City are pressing late in this half. Carlos Tevez is given offside although replays show he may have been level.

There will be a minimum of THREE added minutes at the end of this half.

Wigan have been the better side this half Reece although City have livened up in the last ten minutes or so.

Reece Barnes emails in to say: "As a Newcastle Fan i would love for Man City to give Wigan one hell of a beating tonight, i would love to see City win 4-0 Aguero to get one."

Shaun Maloney handles the ball and the Latics are holding City who have scored in 46 Premier League games straight at the Ethiad. The last time they failed to score was in 2010 against Birmingham.

@lukeyayafarmer Tweets: "Wigan will win tonight, they always do better towards the end of the season."

Shaun Maloney's effort is straight into the grateful hands of Joe Hart.

Micah Richards is booked for a late challenge as Wigan earn a free-kick in a central position.

At the other end Carlos Tevez goes flying in from a right-wing cross but fails to make contact.

WHAT A SAVE!! Joe Hart makes a stunning stop to deny Franco Di Santo from close-range.

Vincent Kompany finds Micah Richards galloping down the right, but his high ball into the box runs through.

Gareth Barry sends the ball through for Sergio Aguero, but is carries through for Joel.

Carlos Tevez concedes the throw, but its been hard work for Roberto Mancini's side.

Jean Beausejour's left-wing cross is a belter, but left-back Aleksandar Kolarov gets across to send the ball over the crossbar.

City have been lacklustre while Wigan have been neat in possession so far.

Emmerson Boyce's wild cross drifts staright out on the far side.

@voltz_official Tweets: "I'm saying. Kolarov to bag a free-kick tonight I can feel it." He's already had one chance which is flicked wide.

Samir Nasri is back in the thick of the action and pressing the Wigan backline.

Franco Di Santo very nearly picks out Shaun Maloney in the box, but Micah Richards comes across to head the ball away.

Man City have kept eight clean sheets in their last nine matches in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium while Wigan have kept a clean sheet in the first half of their last five fixtures. I have a feeling we might be heading for a goalless first 45 minutes! Do you concur people?

Samir Nasri runs into Jordi Gomez and the Frenchman is in need of some medical attention.

Let's face it, the game has been terrible up to now and we desperately need a goal to liven it up.

City are starting to press higher up the park but Micah Richards goes into the back of Jean Beausejour.

Aleksandar Kolarov breaks into the box but doesn't lift his head to see who is in the box and that allows Antolin Alcaraz to make a firm challenge.

Sergio Aguero dances his way into the box before his cross-cum-shot bends out for a goal kick to Wigan.

@RyanDavies_1 Tweets: "Wigan 1-0 kone to score!"

At the other end Shaun Maloney finds himself running into all sorts of space before Vincent Kompany steps in.

Micah Richards bursts down the right but the flag immediately goes up.

@AndrewHartley_X still believes: "NEED the Blues to win tonight! Keep the pressure on United and all we can hope for is a slip up from them!"

Franco Di Santo gets back to outmuscle Yaya Toure on halfway.

It's been a pretty mundane opening to this clash and that is summed up by a dreadful delivery from the left by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Doubt we're going to see the 'Pozan' because there is very little atmosphere in the ground tonight.

@pressuredtojoin is first to Tweet me tonight and he says: "Need Man City to do the Villa a favour. 3-1 win to the blue half of Manchester! Let's get that Poznan going!"

Now Carlos Tevez bends his runs before the flag eventually goes up against him. Wigan are playing a dangerous high line.

GREAT MOVEMENT! Yaya Toure's ball over the top very nearly finds Sergio Aguero, but the little Argentine fails to control it on the edge of the area.

Antolin Alcaraz's pass runs straight out and City take the throw quickly.

Maynor Figueroa takes it, but it runs through to Joe Hart.

Micah Richards is penalised by referee Jon Moss for a late challenge.

Yaya Toure's flick is collected by Shaun Maloney as the Latics now keep a bit of the ball.

CLOSE! Aleksandar Kolarov's left-footed free-kick narrowly misses the near post with goalkeeper Joel statuesque on his line.

Jean Beausejour catches Micah Richards with a high boot and this is a free-kick in a dangerous position for City.

Finally, we have a bit of singing coming from the home fans as Carlos Tevez skips away from his marker.

Alex Cole emails in to give his prediction: "Tonight I'm saying 4-0 city!"

Franco Di Santo's left-wing cross swings all the way across and out for a goal kick.

People are still making their way into the ground which is eerily quiet at the start of this match.

The hosts have lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Wigan's 3-4-3 formation will have to absorb a lot of early pressure you would think. Wigan have failed to score in their last five visits to City, who have won the last six encounters with the Latics at the Etihad and DW Stadiums.

City are wearing their traditional blue number tonight while Wigan are in their changed strip of black for this clash. The pitch is in immaculate condition as always here and there are quite a few empty seats in both the home and away end.

Adam Whiteley reckons it'll be easy for City tonight: "Great to see Mancini putting out a strong eleven, but believe their is some hope of catching United. City to easily win tonight 3-0. Tevez to score first!"

City's title dream is all but over but the victory at Old Trafford last week suggests that Roberto Mancini's men will relinquish the Premier League only with a fight and after reaching the cup final for the second time in three seasons, they will look to show relegation threatened Wigan what to expect on May 11. What are your thoughts as we approach kick-off City and WIgan fans? Send in your views and I'll publish the best.

If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

Matt Stafford in Buenos Aires says: "Looking at the starting eleven I'm surprised to see Dzeko not being given a run out. I think I would have left Aguero on the bench to rest his legs for Tottenham. City to win, but it's going to be a tough game 1-0 with Yaya to score."

Daniel Rodenby says: "Di Santo not my person favourite but important McManaman doesn't burn out. Maloney will drop into midfield, try and keep ball. Di Santo will be trying to prove a point, hold ball up for Kone , bring others into play. Anyway, think we'll lose regardless of team we have out. Prediction City 3-0 Wigan."

Chris Green is first to email in tonight and he says: "This game is going to be a cracker and I hope there will be plenty of goals for us to enjoy. I think this match will be very easy for City if they perform to their potential. My prediction: Man City 4-0 Wigan."

Manchester City are 1/4 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Wigan 10/1 and the draw 5/1. Carlos Tevez looks the best bet at 3/1 to break the deadlock, with the Argentine having scored four times in five appearances for City against Wigan. Franco di Santo to score first is 16/1 while Arouna Kone to score first and either Wigan to win 1-0 or to draw 1-1 is 75/1. City have won the last six Premier League games against Wigan without conceding a single goal so I'm hedging my bets and going for a comfortable home win tonight - 3-0, which is priced at 7/1. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the commentary.

MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS: Roberto Mancini restores goalkeeper Joe Hart and makes four other defensive changes for the clash. Right-back Micah Richards returns for the first time since October while Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov and deep midfielder Javi Garcia also come in for the FA Cup final dress rehearsal at the Etihad Stadium.

WIGAN TEAM NEWS: Wigan also change their goalkeeper following their FA Cup semi-final win with Joel Robles returning. Callum McManaman drops to the bench as Franco di Santo starts.

MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov, Barry, Javi Garcia, Toure, Tevez, Nasri, Aguero.

SUBSTITUTES: Pantilimon, Toure, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Rodwell, Dzeko.

WIGAN: Robles, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa, Boyce, Gomez, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney.

SUBSTITUTES: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Henriquez, McManaman, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam.

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire). Matches: 21, R6 Y50.

Here come the teams...

Roberto Martinez claims the club will have nothing to be proud of if they cannot combine an historic FA Cup final appearance with Premier League survival. "It would be very easy for us to say what a great achievement it is to play in the FA Cup final," said Martinez, who is well aware Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth have all appeared in finals and been relegated the same season recently. We have to achieve our aims in the league otherwise what is an historic season will not be one we can be proud of."

Manchester City are unlikely to risk playmaker David Silva (hamstring) in their Premier League clash with FA Cup final opponents Wigan at the Etihad Stadium. First-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart is likely to return after making way for deputy Costel Pantilimon in Sunday's semi-final defeat of Chelsea at Wembley. Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are also back in contention with manager Roberto Mancini considering changes after the weekend efforts.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will take into account the after effects of their FA Cup semi-final victory in selecting his side for this clash.The Spaniard restored goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi for Wembley, having preferred Joel Robles for the previous four matches, and the Oman international will expect to keep his place. Having started with the same 10 outfield players for five successive unbeaten games Martinez may look to freshen things up slightly, especially with a crucial encounter against West Ham at the weekend.

Welcome to this dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final as Manchester City take on relegation threatened Wigan at the Ethiad Stadium. The final on Saturday 11 May will be far from the minds of Roberto Martinez and his team though because they go into this game three points from safety but, albeit, with two games in hand over all their rivals with only seven games of the campaign remaining.

If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

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