Date: 16th February 2018 at 7:12am
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Neutrals might think Manchester City merely need to turn up at the DW Stadium on Monday evening and it will be a given Pep’s team will stroll into the Sixth Round of the FA Cup.


1) Wigan might be two divisions further down the league pyramid but that doesn’t mean they will be overwhelmed by the occasion and act like rabbits who, freeze when the spotlight shines on them.

When it comes to the FA Cup Manchester City owe Wigan one – big time. Just think, our last competitive game against them was in March 2014 when, the Latics dumped City out of the cup and in doing so left the Etihad as 2-1 winners. Then there is the small matter of the 2013 FA Cup Final.

During this seasons FA Cup Wigan have dumped two Premier League teams OUT of the competition (Bournemouth and West Ham). Perhaps luck does come in three’s?

2) Its highly likely Claudio Bravo will play, as he usually does in the domestic cup competitions in place of our number one keeper, Ederson. And Wigan boss Paul Cook will be well aware of this. So, if Cook has any brain cells then I’m sure he’ll tell his players to make sure they shoot at ANY given opportunity. Whether that’s from the half way line or from inside the penalty area. Just make sure the ball ends up on target.

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Cook and the Wigan lads know Bravo is considered to be City’s weakest link and thought, by many to be dodgy.

Last season and while Bravo was our number one I and one or two others likened Claudio to ‘Coco the Clown’. IE, his antics and ball handling skills bordered on embarrassing. Get the message?

3) There are very few weaknesses within the City squad (Bravo is an exception). In fact I have to admit, this City team is by far the best I have ever seen, and we haven’t won anything yet. So, if Wigan avoid trying to injure and hack down every single City player and make any chances count they, Wigan have as much of a chance of causing an upset as anyone.

I mean, the FA Cup is renowned for upsets, right?

Having said all that I still think MCFC will overpower Wigan and in doing so come away as 4-0 winners.

Come on CITY!

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