Man City v Wigan preview

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Updated: September 9, 2011

Roberto Mancini has laid down a marker as to just what his intentions are this season and having already mauled attacking outfits Swansea and Tottenham by four goal margins the Wigan back line have cause for a sleepless night ahead of their trip to Eastlands.

The Manchester sides look well ahead of the competition at an early stage of the season and have so far been engaged in a game of one-upmanship, seeing just how many they can put past their opponents – a game Mancini will be keen to continue against an often naive Wigan side.

Samir Nasri is expected to make his home debut after allaying concerns about the hand injury he picked up on international duty and if the Frenchman can provide the spark that he did against Spurs City should run out comfortable winners.

The movement of Nasri, David Silva and Sergio Aguero was too much for a lightweight Tottenham midfield of Luka Modic and Niko Kranjcar and Roberto Martinez may heed that lesson by adding an extra man to midfield for the trip to Manchester.

The Spanaird knows that his side face an embarrassment of riches and was full of praise for Sergio Aguero, comparing him to Maradonna and Lionel Messi.

“He really is the complete player and he’s probably as close to Maradona and Messi as you will see”, the Wigan manager said.

Martinez’s side are undefeated going into the game but he was keen to stress that City’s performance against Spurs was only a taster of what they are capable of when they are on the front foot at home.

“City can play on the counter away from home and then be different at home – it really is a dangerous combination”, he said.

With City firing on all cylinders Martinez may be happy if his side can keep it within four goals come five o’clock on Saturday, Mancini though will be keen to show the home fans just how good this side really are.

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