When Manchester City thrashed Wigan 5-0 in the Capital One Cup earlier on in the season they probably felt revenge had been served to the Latics, who famously toppled them in the FA Cup final last term.
However, when whichever pair of former footballers pulled the FA Cup balls out of the pot to draw the sides together again, the Citizens probably re-evaluated that idea.
City are 1/6 to knock the trophy’s holders out of the competition at the Etihad, and are tipped to do just that by our news team. Wigan are lengthy 16/1-shots for lighting to strike twice while the need for a replay is available at 13/2.
As a former Citizen of cult status, Wigan boss Uwe Rosler’s return to the club he made 156 appearances for adds further context to the clash.
A striker with 50 goals to his name in the sky blue strip, Rosler knows everything about pleasing City fans by finding the back of the net.
The current crop defence-haunters are a cut above the standard the German was used to in his time, though, and Alvaro Negredo’s price boost to score first, from 5/2 to 7/2, is sure to attract some attention from Ladbrokes customers.
The burly Spaniard has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in England, scoring 23 times since signing from Sevilla in the summer.
As part of an attack that’s somewhat dried up of late – City have only scored more than two goals once in the last six outings – Negredo is due a goal.
That he is playing at the Etihad is a boost to his chances as all bar six of his strikes this season have come in those familiar surroundings.
Although he didn’t find the net the last time these two did battle, he’s enjoyed playing in the cup competitions, scoring five on the run to Wembley in the Capital One Cup and registering three so far in this tournament.
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