Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Jeff Bell@@JrayBellCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on November 17, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, the English Premier League will feature a match between the defending champs, Manchester City, and Wigan Athletic, a club toiling in 15th place of the Premier League table.

Wigan is coming off a thrilling 3-2 victory over Reading, a game won in stoppage time by forward Jordi Gomez.

But the season has not been all fun and games for the Latics, who have earned just 14 points and are off to a record of 4-2-7. And while the heart-stopping win over Reading may have given the squad some positive mojo after a previous 3-0 loss to Liverpool, it was still a close victory over the league's second-worst club.

They'll now have the pleasure of taking on Manchester City, a team sitting in second place, just a single point behind Manchester United.

The Blues have yet to lose a game in Premier League play, posting a record thus far of  8-0-5.

City is coming off a 0-0 draw with Chelsea, but they beat Aston Villa 5-0 in the game before that. Firepower won't be an issue with forwards Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko, who have six goals apiece.

And when Wigan's attacking style does manage to penetrate City's defense, they'll still have to get the ball past Joe Hart, who's conceded just 10 goals thus far.

This is the first of two meetings between the two squads.

Where: DW Stadium, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England

When: Wednesday, November 28, 3:00 p.m. EST

Live Stream: Watch ESPN


Wigan Athletic: Will Attacking-Style Offense Lead to a Turnaround?

The message this week from manager Robert Martinez was to continue to attack against Manchester City.

"I am not a manager that looks for a clean sheet. I am looking for a win. If you have to score three goals to win, as long as you can do it, I am happier with that," said Martinez.

 That may be a difficult task against one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Joe Hart.

Another problem with this strategy is that it has allowed opponents to take advantage of a defense that can be out of place. To make matters worse, Wigan is dealing with a host of injuries as they head into the match.

If Wigan can somehow manage a draw, it would be a big upset. But it would also give the club momentum as they continue forward in the season. With just 14 points on the season, the Latics chances of salvaging a decent season are just beginning to wear thin.


Manchester City: Can They Continue to Hang with Manchester United at the Top?

The obvious answer is yes, and the match against Wigan Athletic shouldn't pose any major problems.

But much of the season has been about lost opportunities, according to midfielder James Milner. That was certainly the case against Chelsea, where the Blues controlled much of the game but failed to put one into the back of the net.

While the team has yet to drop a game, letting teams hang around is one way to make sure that happens. With Wigan's attacking mindset, this wouldn't be a very good time to miss scoring chances.

Then there's the issue of keeping up with Manchester United. The defending champs have kept pace with Man. U, but they'd like to keep it that way until the Red Devils visit City on Dec. 9.

A win against Wigan Athletic followed by a victory over Everton would certainly put them in position to take down the first-place team.



Manchester City will capitalize on several scoring opportunities and take down Wigan, 3-1.


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