Last year’s FA Cup finalists Man City and Wigan meet for the first time since the Latics stunned their neighbours with a late winner at Wembley but lightning isn’t expected to strike twice, Stan James pricing the cup holders at a massive 18/1 to get the better of their more expensively-assembled opponents once more.
Manuel Pellegrini’s troops collected the Capital One Cup on Sunday, coming from behind to ease past Sunderland 3-1 and with a domestic treble in their sights, it’s easy to see why they’re just 1/6 at BetVictor to edge closer to lifting this trophy as well.
Those odds of course, give little away so punters are expected to head to the handicaps, where Skybet penalise the hosts by a couple of goals at 5/4. More specifically, it’s 6/1 (Paddy Power) for the hosts to net three times without reply and it’s a safe-looking 4/7 with BetVictor for Pellegrini’s men to lead at the end of each half.
However, City toiled against Championship opposition in earlier rounds, requiring a replay to get past Blackburn and staging a dramatic fightback to see off Watford so it’s hard to gauge how convincing a victory they will manage here.
Subsequently, it could be more prudent to side with fit-again front man Sergio Aguero at 3/1 via BetVictor to break the deadlock. The Argentine striker shook off his ring rust at Wembley last weekend and the additional match fitness gleaned from that contest should make him a threat in this one.
Sergio Aguero to score first – 3/1 (BetVictor)