Manchester City unconvincingly won this fixture 1-0 last season, with Conor Sammon missing a glorious chance at the end of the match to land a point for the Latics who ultimately stayed in the Premier League on the final day of the season.
However, the bookmakers have Saturday’s game at Eastlands as a home banker, with a best price of 1/5 (Coral – £30 free bet) available that City continue their excellent start to the season that has seen them pick up wins against Swansea, Bolton and Tottenham.
The 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane was a particular statement of intent and served to demonstrate that this team won’t settle for another top four finish this season, with Edin Dzeko helping himself to four goals which illustrates that the Bosnian has now acclimatised to English football.
The striker is a 7/2 chance (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring and is likely to be partnered by Sergio Aguero (10/3) in the home team’s attack, although we can’t discount the possibility that Carlos Tevez or Mario Balotelli won’t be deployed instead.
As for Wigan, they have picked up five points from their three matches against the newly-promoted clubs, a trio that Roberto Martinez’s side may well be scrapping it out with at the end of the season to avoid relegation again.
The Latics have conceded just one goal in their first three matches and their Spanish manager will have noted how Swansea kept City at bay for an hour a few weeks ago, with the draw on offer at 6/1 and a shock away win available at 16/1.
Odds of 4/1 are available if you think that the visitors can keep things level by half-time before City prove too strong in the second half, while the home side are even money to win this game giving up two goals.