Stat attack: Wigan Athletic
- 04 March 2011 14:13
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
The games are coming thick and fast now - Wigan are the Barclays Premier League visitors on Saturday evening, so here's the lowdown on how the matches have gone over the years ...
City have won seven of the ten home clashes with Wigan, who have won here twice. The goals aggregate is 10-2 in City's favour, including an emphatic 3-0 triumph last season.
Last season's result bucked the trend in what tends to be a tight fixture, but it couldn't match the rollercoaster 4-3 holiday victory that Wigan pulled out of the cracker on Boxing Day, 2005.
The Blues' most important win over Wigan was undoubtedly the 2-1 aggregate play-off semi-final squeeze of 1999. Without that, Paul Dickov's moment in history against Gillingham at Wembley would never have been.
It's five matches since Wigan got the better of City, with a 2-1 win at the JJB stadium in September, 2008
The teams' first meeting did not come about until 1971, when Wigan, then a non-League side, were beaten by a Colin Bell goal in the third round of the FA Cup at Maine Road. They eventually joined the League in 1978.
John Deehan, City's coach under Mel Machin from 1988 to 1990, went on to manage Wigan from 1995 to 1998 while John Benson, who had a short spell in charge of City in 1983, also took charge at Wigan from 1999 to 2000.
City's current home form remains formidable despite the 1-1 draw with Fulham - the Blues won their previous five home games and can boast the third-best home form in the Prem over the last six matches.
Roberto Martinez's side arrive as the Premier League backmarkers, but their recent away form is boosted by a win and four draws, a better record than half the division including City.