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Manchester City play Wigan Athletic this evening in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.

This time the competition is the League Cup and it is only the third round, but you can expect the Blues to go all out for revenge.

Given the way Manuel Pellegrini’s side thoroughly outclassed Manchester United on Sunday, the Latics could be in for a challenging 90 minutes. Because despite the numerous changes the Chilean can and no doubt will make to his starting 11, City now possess arguably the most complete squad in England.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle has also been having his say on the scheduling of the match, unhappy as he is with being forced to play three matches in quick succession – in part due to his side’s appearances in the Europa League.

In quotes published in the Daily Mail, Coyle said, “We’ve been harshly dealt with. We have been asked to play three games in five days, and it’s all been dictated by TV.”

In early team news, Micah Richards should return this evening having recovered from injury. But the same cannot be said for David Silva and Gael Clichy, who are reportedly not quite ready to return.

Jack Rodwell is also a major doubt for a match that he would otherwise have almost certainly featured in.

For Wigan, the vital and experienced quartet of Grant Holt, Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell and Ali Al Habsi all miss out.

The Manchester Evening News have asked their readers to vote on their preferred line-up for tonight’s match, with Costel Pantilimon, Stevan Jovetic and Dedryck Boyata all getting the nod, along with two of the stars of Sunday’s derby drubbing Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov.

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