The Manchester City fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern since they all but secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 victory over FC Basel last Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s dream of achieving an unprecedented quadruple this season was boosted by his side’s impeccable performance at St Jakob Park last week. With the Premier League title more or less wrapped up and a Carabao Cup final to come on Sunday, City’s ultimate objective seems to become increasingly more plausible with every passing week.
The Citizens face an entirely different prospect today, as they travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 final clash in which City suffered a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a late header from Ben Watson. City will be hoping that there is no such repeat of that result tonight against Wigan who have been relegated twice since that day and now find themselves fighting for promotion in League One.
It will be interesting to see what team Guardiola selects this evening considering he will certainly have one eye on their Carabao Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday, but regardless of his mindset there’s no doubt he will field a strong side. One player who should be in City’s starting line-up is their full-back Danilo (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) – a player who has struggled for first-team opportunities this season due to the form of Kyle Walker.
The Brazilian’s performances for City have been rather mixed in their quality, but that is to be expected from a player who struggles for regular game time and is regularly deployed to cover at left-back rather than in his natural right-back position.
However, Guardiola should start one of Zinchenko or Delph at left-back this evening and boost the former Real Madrid player with a start in his natural position tonight in place of Kyle Walker, to ensure that City’s first-choice right-back is fit and raring to go next Sunday.