Manchester City vs Wigan: Mancini to maintain winning ways

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Starting Carlos Tevez could be the key if Manchester City want to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season with a home victory over Wigan.

Despite scoring 20 Premier League goals for Manchester City last season to jointly win the Golden Boot, the Argentine striker has been limited to one second-half substitute appearance in the current campaign.

However, he has scored four goals in as many league games against Wigan for his current club and is 8/13 to score at any point in the 90 minutes this season.

Manchester City’s odds are 1/6 to beat Wigan and they have already made their best ever start to a Premier League season with three straight wins.

In total, they have triumphed in their last six league games if the winning streak is extended back to the end of the last campaign.

But if they want to continue this sequence further, they will have to beat a Wigan side that currently enjoys the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League at seven games.

Wigan are 6/1 to remain unbeaten this season with a draw and 16/1 to cause the biggest shock of the season so far with a victory.

One of the obstacles that Wigan will have to overcome is breaching a defence that was the joint best in the Premier League last season, while none of their current squad has previously scored against Manchester City.

Therefore, taking Manchester City to win to nil at 10/11 may be the best bet of the fixture.

Wigan have only conceded once in their opening three games and are more than capable of keeping things tight and frustrating the hosts.

It may be optimistic to expect Manchester City to run up a cricket score and the the most likely outcome in the correct scoreline market could be that Roberto Mancini’s side win 2-0, which is available at 5/1.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.