Wigan sit two places and four points above the Premiership relegation zone and considering they have only won three Premiership games since the turn of the year, it’s not difficult to see why.
The Latics started the year by beating Hull 4-1 at the D W Stadium in the FA Cup third round and followed that up with a 2-0 away win at Wolves. But they had to come from two goals down to earn at draw at Notts County in the FA Cup before losing at home 2-0 to the League Two side.
That defeat followed two losses against Blackburn and Everton and drew the next three and lost two as their league position fell. A 1-0 home win against Liverpool was followed by a 4-0 hammering at Bolton and a 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa. Last time out they needed three minutes of injury time before scoring the only goal of the game at home to Burnley.
Wigan have been the scourge of City ever since they were promoted in 2005. They did the double over City in their first two seasons and are yet to be defeated at the D W Stadium by the blues. Last season, City scored their first Premier League win over Wigan, Pablo Zabaleta winning the game with a stunning strike.
Manager – Roberto Martinez
Former Swansea boss Martinez took over the reigns at Wigan after Steve Bruce left to join Sunderland. Martinez was part of the ‘three amigos’ that played for Wigan between 1995 and 2001. After playing for Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea and Chester City, Martinez became manager of Swansea in February 2007. During his time at Swansea, Martinez oversaw 125 games, winning 63 and losing just 25. From 25 games at Wigan, he has won just nine and lost 18.
Ground – D W Stadium
Wigan share the D W Stadium with Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club and have resided their since 1999. The current capacity is 25,138. Their previous ground was Springfield Park, which was Wigan’s home for 67 years.
Wigan are the youngest club in the Premier League, having only been formed in 1932.
Martinez was one of the ‘three amigos,’ the others being Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz.
Liverpool ‘Supersub’ David Fairclough finished his league career at Wigan but continued with non-league Knowsley.
Former City midfielder Antoine Sibierski spent two years at Wigan, making 33 appearance and scoring 4 goals.