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7 March 2014

Latics travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday in the quarter final of the FA Cup with Budweiser

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
FA Cup with Budweiser, Sixth Round
Sunday 9 March, kick off 4.05pm
Etihad Stadium

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the FA Cup with Budweiser this Sunday with two main talking points dominating the build up to the game - the return of Uwe Rosler to Manchester city and the fact that this quarter-final tie is a repeat of last year's final - which, in case you didn't know, was won by Wigan Athletic thanks to an injury time Ben Watson goal.

Wigan Athletic will be cheered on by their biggest following of the season with nearly 4000 fans making the relatively short trip over to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The draw for the semi-final will be made at approximately 4.00pm on Sunday, just moments before the teams take to the pitch.  Whoever City or Latics are paired with may not be known to the players or managers until halftime, or even until after the game.

Latics recent form has been noted by the LMA who gave the win over Nottingham Forest their Performance of the Week Award.  That in addition to Manager Uwe Rosler being named Sky Bet Manager of the Month.

Manchester City are near to full strength, defender Matija Nastasic (hamstring) and striker Stevan Jovetic (knee) are the only absentees.

Sergio Aguero, who returned from injury for the Capital One Cup final win over Sunderland on Sunday, also played 55 minutes for Argentina in midweek.

Shan Maloney and Gary Caldwell have both stepped up their recovery this week having joined in with the main group in training.  Nick Powell was due to join the main group today (Friday).  That leaves just Ben Watson on the side lines.

Stat Attack

As last year's winners, Wigan Athletic are unbeaten in the competition since losing to Swindon Town over two years ago.  That day Latics lost 2-1, Callum McManaman scored Wigan Athletic's only goal.

In this January's third round tie with MK Dons at the DW Stadium, Wigan Athletic conceded one more goal that they conceded in the whole of last season's competition.

Callum McManaman has played in 10 FA Cup ties away from the DW Stadium (including Wembley) and scored five goals.

Wigan Athletic have won their last five matched in all competitions and four of those have been away from home.

Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup.  Manchester City have won two of the previous three meetings.  Latics 1-0 win at Wembley in May is their only win over City in the competition.

This will be the 28th meeting in all competitions.  City have won 15, Latics have won seven and there have been five draws.

The first ever meeting was in the FA Cup in 1971.  City won 1-0.

[Click here] for the full head to head with Manchester City.

Form Guide

Manchester City
(P6, W3, D1, L2)

Sun 03 Mar - League Cup - Sunderland (N) - W3-1
Sat 22 Feb - Premier League - Stoke (H) - W1-0
Tue 18 Feb - Champions League - Barcelona (H) - L0-2
Sat 15 Feb - FA Cup - Chelsea (H) - W2-0
Sat 08 Feb - Premier League - Norwich (A) - D0-0
Mon 03 Feb - Premier League - Chelsea (H) - L0-1

Wigan Athletic (P6, W5, D0, L1)

Sat 01 Mar - Championship - Nottm Forest (A) - W1-4
Sat 22 Feb - Championship - Brighton (A) - W1-2
Tue 18 Feb - Championship - Barnsley (H) - W2-0
Sat 15 Feb - FA Cup - Cardiff City (A) - W1-2
Tue 11 Feb - Championship - Sheff Weds (A) - W0-3
Sat 08 Feb - Championship - Huddersfield (A) - W1-0

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referee - Darren Cann
Assistant Referee - Marc Perry
Fourth Official - Kevin Friend

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