Good evening all and welcome to our live FA Cup
coverage as Wigan Athletic
take on Manchester City
in the fifth round at the DW Stadium. The winner of this tie will be facing Southampton in the quarter-finals.
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Silva, Sane, Bernardo; Aguero
MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, De Bruyne, Zinchenko, Foden, Diaz
WIGAN STARTING XI: Walton; Byrne, Elder, Perkins, Power, Burn, Massey, Roberts, Dunkley, Powell, Grigg
WIGAN SUBSTITUTES: Jones, Bruce, Jacobs, Hunt, James, Colclough, Fulton
So the major news for City is that Guardiola has opted with a strong side this evening despite their challenges elsewhere. Sergio Aguero starts in attack and he will be supported by the creativity of İlkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, Bernado Silva and David Silva.
At the back, Pep has also brought in Danilo, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte in defence, while Fabian Delph
will be starting at left-back tonight.
As for the home side, Paul Cook has made three key changes for this clash as Callum Elder, David Perkins and Gary Roberts come into the team. The visitors will be starting with the prolific Nick Powell and Will Grigg
Nathan Byrne will be making his 50th appearance for Wigan tonight and he continues at the back alongside fellow defenders Perkins, Elder and Chey Dunkley.
The two clubs come into this clash knowing that Wigan have had the upper hand over City in the FA Cup in recent years. Wigan have beaten City twice in a row in the tournament. The Latics beat City in the final in 2013 and also in the away encounter of their quarter-final fixture the following term.
City find themselves in a polar-opposite position coming into the game compared to a few years ago, though. Guardiola's side have lost just twice in 41 matches in all competitions this season and are still chasing a historic quadruple.
Such is the club's belief in that challenging chase, Guardiola has again fielded a strong side in the cup. One key man to watch tonight is Aguero, who has notched 16 goals in 17 FA Cup games for City since his debut in the competition in January 2012. The Argentinian has also scored six times in his last four starts in the FA Cup. The frontman is just two goals away from 200 for City too.
This contest comes ahead of a looming League Cup final for the Sky Blues as well, meaning progression into the quarters tonight could provide some added momentum heading into Sunday's clash at Wembley with Arsenal.
Since losing 5-1 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round in 2016, City now been able to keep clean sheets in every one of their last five on their travels.
Raheem Sterling doesn't feature in the squad here tonight and somebody will have to step in to mimic has recent form in the cup. Sterling has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine FA Cup starts, scoring three and providing six for his teammates.
The fact that Guardiola has left Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Brahim Diaz on the bench perhaps suggests that he wants this game over early tonight, which could leave him with the chance of introducing his youngsters a little later in the contest.
Guardiola's men produced a fascinating performance last time out in the Champions League, as they dismantled Basel 4-0 away from home last week. Goalscorers Gundogan and Bernado Silva produced standout performances in that game and will be heading into this tie full of confidence.
This fixture pits the best attackers against the best defence across the top four English footballing leagues. City have scored an unrivalled 79 league goals, while Wigan have the best defensive record after conceding just 18 goals in 30 matches this term.
Gabriel Jesus is back in training after a knee injury, but this game has come just a touch too soon for the Brazilian, who could perhaps scrape the bench for City's League Cup final at the weekend.
Wigan have enjoyed a standout season in League One this term, but do come into this contest off the back of consecutive defeats against Southend and Blackpool, both via two-goal margins.
Having said that, prior to those defeats, Wigan had previously gone 16 games without defeat after collecting 11 wins and five draws.
The Latics have enjoyed a fantastic cup run this term too. Cook's men have managed to see off Bournemouth in the third round before eliminating West Ham United on their way to booking a place in the fifth round.
Wigan have actually won each of their last six FA Cup games at home. Three of those wins came against Premier League sides in the shape of Crystal Palace, the Cherries and West Ham.
In fact, Wigan have only lost one of their 10 FA Cup matches against top-flight opposition with seven wins and two draws. Wigan are now undefeated in their last 6 matches in the cup.
Central to Wigan's success this term has been the form of former Manchester United playmaker Nick Powell. The 23-year-old has 12 goals in 27 league games.
Another key man has of course been Grigg, who is the club's top goalscorer in this completion this term with six goals.
City will also need to be aware of Michael Jacobs from the bench too. The winger has seven goals this season supporting from the flanks.
Not that City will be too concerned, but the previous time Wigan suffered defeat for two games in a row, the Latics hit back with a 3-0 victory. Goals haven't been a problem for Wigan either this year, the club has scored at least two goals in their last four FA Cup fixtures.
Claudio Bravo has been all but condemned to cup fixtures following the arrival of Ederson. The Chilean will be hoping for a solid performance tonight, especially against Grigg who is known for his prowess both in the air and on the deck.
City might have suffered those previous two defeats against Wigan in the cup, but there are few at the club who carry the scar of that final misery in 2013. This City side is much changed and bang in form heading into this match.
Here's a quick glimpse of some of the City players arriving at the DW a little earlier this evening:
Apart from those two FA Cup wins. City have dominated Wigan across their previous six meetings. The Sky Blues have beaten the Latics on those four other occasions across all competitions without conceding a goal and scoring nine.
Man City have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last three away matches against Wigan in all competitions. The first competitive match between these two teams came in the FA Cup in 1971 when Wigan were a non-league side.
PREDICTION! We have just over 10 minutes to go until kickoff and it's time for a prediction. Wigan have been impressive in League One this term, as their monumental defensive statistics suggest. City, however, have been almost freakish this term and the strength of their starting XI suggests Guardiola's attacking intent tonight. The Sky Blues are likely to have too much for this Wigan side and I'm backing them for a 3-0 victory away from home.
Guardiola suggested in the build-up to this clash that he almost joined Wigan as a player earlier in his career. The coach has insisted that his side will be taking one game at a time despite Sunday's coming final with Arsenal and understands Wigan's attacking potential too:
"Of course I am concerned because I saw Wigan's game against Bournemouth. I think every season in the FA Cup there are a lot of surprises but the players need to not think about next Sunday's final and need to prepare for Monday as well as possible."
As for the home coach, Cook has told his players to believe in themselves and take something from what will be a fantastic atmosphere at the DW:
"We've got a fantastic stadium and the support inside it will make it a really good atmosphere, that's a guarantee. Everyone can look forward to a good night of football. Football has a funny way of sending out shock results and our belief on Monday night must be that we can win the game."
Sane will be itching to get out their tonight as he continues his recovery from that horror challenge not too long ago. The German possesses great pace and has profited so many times with balls in behind this term. His presence ensures that Wigan will not be able to press too high, giving the likes of Gundogan and Silva space to work in.
We're almost ready to go now as the players head out onto the pitch. The stadium is full and things are rocking already at the DW.
Here's a quick recap of those starting XIs:
WIGAN ATHLETIC STARTING XI: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Massey, Power, Perkins; Powell, Roberts; Grigg
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Silva; Sane, Bernardo, Aguero
KICKOFF! Off we go then, City get things moving in berry while Wigan feature in white and blue...
CLOSE! A comfortable opening for the visitors who move the ball about with ease in the early minutes. Bernado pulls out into space on the right channel where he crosses into the middle for Aguero. The striker might just do better, as he heads over the bar under pressure from Byrne.
Byrne goes into a hefty one with Aguero, giving City a free kick which is taken short. The away side seem happy just to knock possession about at the moment, awaiting some sort of mistake from the Latics.
Byrne gets down the flank for the first time tonight and he aims to win a corner off Delph, but the ball deflects kindly and City win the goal kick.
CLOSE! City lead a break and the ball is soon fed into the path of Gundogan. The German drives into a pocket of space on the edge of the box before winding up a shot. Luckily for Wigan, Walton does well to get down low and tip the shot away from the bottom corner.
Grigg is just showing some early signs of what he is about, as the lone striker wins a cheap free kick off Laporte. The frontman has a rather thankless task tonight as he aims to hassle this City back line when the ball goes long.
Worrying glimpses already from the visitors, who this time link up between Sane and Silva down the left, allowing the Spaniard to break inside and cross. Aguero receives the ball inside the area, but his control lets him down and Wigan clear the danger.
CHANCE! Best chance of the game now as Wigan almost grab a lead. Byrne does excellently on the right and turns the ball in towards goal. City make a real mess of things and the ball breaks kindly for Roberts. The Wigan man can't quite adjust his feet in time and Bravo scrambles off his line to gather the danger.
CLOSE! Wonderful work from Wigan again. Roberts puts pressure on Danilo, who shanks a terrible pass back towards Stones. Grigg is able to nip in and steal the ball before driving towards goal. The frontman goes for a shot from the edge of the box, which whistles into the side netting.
City have looked comfortable other than a couple of moments where Danilo has given the ball away cheaply. Pep looks rather frustrated on the touchline as Kompany warms up alongside him.
Wigan do not look put out by the task at hand and they too are moving the ball nicely at the moment. The home fans are right behind them and the DW is full of song early on.
Still City continue to probe inside the Wigan half, but nothing coming just yet. Sane has looked most threatening, although Wigan have pressed cleverly and been compact in front of the box.
Byrne has been impressive so far. Sane looks to deceive the right-back with a bit of trickery, but the defender stands up well to make the interception. They have a long way to go, but the Latics look solid after the opening 20 minutes.
CLOSE! Danger from the hosts once more... Byrne does brilliantly to break from full-back and he plays in Powell who accepts a one-two with Grigg. The former Manchester United man doesn't see the overlap of Roberts and instead thunders a shot straight into Stones on the edge of the area.
Burn is spared after he gives the ball away poorly to Gundogan, who tries to feed Bernado Silva. The playmaker can't quite bring the ball under control, though, leaving Wigan to settle for the goal kick.
Pure frustration now for Powell, who is forced to trounce off the pitch with some sort of issue. He then comes back on so we'll see how he goes in the next couple of minutes.
Patience in abundance now from City who move the ball on the edge of the Wigan area. The home side have done superbly so far not to break rank.
CLOSE! City turn in a corner which is flicked on by Gundogan into the middle. It drops kindly for Laporte, who scuffs his effort and Wigan can hoof away the danger. The centre-back should have scored, really...
SUBSTITUTION: That's a sad sight for the neutrals as Wigan are forced to replace Powell, who is switched for Swansea City loanee Jay Fulton.
CHANCE! City are starting to settle into a threatening rhythm and the ball is fed into the middle by Delph, where Stones leaps highest in order to win the knockdown. The ball falls to the feet of Fernandinho, who somehow blazes over the bar from just a matter of yards out.
Wigan continue to do all of the dog's work on the edge of the area with great effect, but you wonder just how long they can hold out as City tighten this stranglehold inside the home half.
Cook is out barking orders from his touchline area as City press forward once more. Byrne, who has been outstanding so far, does some smart work again to oust Sane, but the ball soon comes back with Guardiola's men getting the carousel going once more.
SHOT! Gundogan is starting to get himself into a few more advanced positions, this time as he breaks beyond to receive a pass from Bernado. The German finds himself at a tight angle and flashes a shot across goal and over at the far post.
Wigan will need to make use of whatever chances they have and this time Massey comes up short. The playmaker pulls wide to receive a wonderful through-ball from Perkins, but his cross into the middle is a poor one with both Grigg and Roberts lurking in the danger zone.
City have had so much of the ball, although Walton has just had the one real save to make in this contest. Cook will be happy with his side's defensive exploits, but the hosts have to find out a way of giving their defenders some reprieve.
Aguero comes alive on the edge of the area and the striker almost turns the cutest of passes around the corner to release Sane beyond the last man, but Dunkley has other ideas and makes a great challenge to thwart the danger.
For the first time this evening City are able to lead a charge on the counter through Sane, although once again Wigan show great determination and are able to stifle the break and gain enough men back to hold up the winger. City being consistently frustrated at the moment.
Byrne has really shone in the first half and he does exceptionally well again to keep out the away side. Gundogan picks up the ball in space and reads the run of Sane, but the full-back is equal to it and steps in to cut out the pass at the vital moment.
BLOCK! Aguero comes in off the right flank and opens up to crash a shot towards goal, it's looking dangerous until Elder throws his body in front of it to make a good block before Walton is tested.
SAVE! Wonderful save from Walton. Aguero shows more great quality to wrong-foot Burn in the middle before lashing an effort towards the top corner, leaving the Wigan stopper to leap up and make a wonderful save.
RED CARD FOR FABIAN DELPH!
A huge controversy at the end of the first half. Delph goes in hard on Perkins, with his trailing foot taking out the Wigan man. It does look like a dangerous tackle and the referee decides to give him a red. The referee initially had the yellow in his hands but decided to change his mind.
HALF TIME: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY
So the referee calls time on an intriguing first half of football, but what scenes just before the break. Guardiola is absolutely livid and has continued his argument with Cook and a number of match officials down inside the tunnel.
It's hard to know where to stand on this decision, really. It's a high challenge and arguably out of control, although there's not too much contact other than with his trailing foot. Video images continue to show Guardiola losing his rag down the tunnel.
City have dominated the first half, although they haven't quite found their cutting edge. Wigan have a had a couple of chances, but up until the red card the visitors would have more than fancied their chances of taking control of this game in the second period.
So the teams are back out. City have made a change as Walker comes on to replace Sane and help his side out at the back going into this second half.
We are back underway in Wigan, this should be a delightful second half. This game is perfectly poised now...
Despite being a man down, City are sharing most of the possession already in the second half. Walker comes at speed down the right, but cannot find the required quality to pick out Aguero in the middle.
Aguero shows a good turn of pace as he aims to get beyond Burn following a cute piece of skill. Once more, though, the Wigan centre-back is up to standard and can make a strong challenge on the striker.
Danilo has switched over to the left in the second half, and this time he cuts inside and drives a shot towards goal with his right. Elder does well, though, getting a good block in before the shot troubles Walton.
SUBSTITUTE: Wigan make their second change of the night as Roberts is replaced by Jacobs, who has had a strong season already in League One this term. He is certainly a goal threat for the hosts.
City do not appear too disjointed despite the red card, but Wigan's tactical approach has been spot on thus far. The game has become a tad more industrious after the break. Wigan are continuing to go about their work with real energy here.
YELLOW CARD! Massey gets a little too eager to challenge Danilo and goes into the book for a high foot. City fans are baying for blood and want the numbers evened out.
Wigan almost go to sleep as Perkins gives the ball away cheaply. Silva feeds possession out to Walker on the overlap, but his cross into the middle is missing the quality necessary and Wigan gain a throw in on the other side of the pitch. It's likely going to take a moment of brilliance to open this game up.
Can Wigan hold out? It seems like it so far. Aguero drifts smartly off his man and Silva spots the move with a lovely pass from deep. The City frontman should do better, though, as a poor touch allows Burn to step in and make a crucial challenge on the edge of the area.
SUBSTITUTION: A big change here 25 minutes from time, as Silva is replaced by Kevin De Bruyne in the middle.
The Belgian is involved straight away as he collects the ball and drives a cross towards the front post for Aguero, leaving Wigan to get a foot in and concede the corner.
Cook has changed formations a few times tonight and this latest switch has perhaps left them a little light in the middle. City continue to move the ball on the edge of the area, where Danilo strikes an effort into the body of Perkins.
YELLOW CARD! Still no way through for City at the moment, although the visitors have essentially setup camp on the edge of the box. Fulton goes in hard on Danilo and despite winning the ball he goes into the book.
YELLOW CARD! Cards are notching up now, this time as Elder slides late on Bernardo Silva over on the right channel. He was just a little late with that one.
The ball is turned in smartly by De Bruyne with both pace and some dip, but nobody attacks it and Walton can gather down low unchallenged.
CHANCES! De Bruyne beats his man and cuts the ball back for Aguero, who can't find the touch to get his shot away first time. The home side eventually clear but only as far as Danilo, who bustles down the left and flashes a ball across the face of goal, with Aguero just centimetres away from getting a crucial toe to it.
De Bruyne has changed this game instantly. Again the playmaker comes in from the right and finds space in the middle, although Wigan get lucky with his cut-back and somehow scramble the ball away from danger.
What can Wigan do here? They've defended stoutly for the best part of this much, but a moment of magic could change this in an instant.
GOAL! WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY (WILL GRIGG)
Unbelievable scenes at the DW! Walker fails to cut out a ball down the left, allowing Grigg to break away unmarked. The full-back chases the frontman, but Grigg keeps his composure to bend a wonderful finish beyond Bravo. Cue the song!
We have a huge final 10 minutes on our hands here as City push for a leveller. Their quadruple hopes are in the balance here.
De Bruyne whips a free kick into the middle, although Wigan again hold firm and head away from Grigg this time, who is back inside his own box defending valiantly.
Burn has been immense at the back and he again leaps highest to head clear with Aguero lurking in the box.
Guardiola continues to shout orders from the touchline. Cook looks on intently. Walker whips a ball into the middle, which Byrne needlessly flicks away for a corner late on.
The set piece is eventually cut back to Bernardo Siva on the edge of the area, who sees his shot from distance crash into bodies in the box before being hoofed clear.
We are going to have four minutes of additional time here at the DW. Can Wigan hang on for this monumental win?
Standout defending from Burn sees Wigan win a goal kick when half the ground think City are in for a corner. Just minutes away now...
A late corner for City sees Bravo come forward and win a header back into the middle, but again Wigan clear!
Almost an own goal at the death! Another ball is lumped into the middle from the resulting corner, allowing Walton to gather and hit the deck.
FULL TIME: WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY
What have we just seen here? Wigan knock out Manchester City to end their hopes of a quadruple this term. Grigg was brilliant all game and capped off his performance with a huge goal for the Latics, it was a superb finish too.
City had so much of the ball in both halves but were just unable to find away past this resolute Wigan side, who dealt the perfect sucker punch right at the death.
Wigan will now head into the quarter-finals to face Southampton. The Latics are now unbeaten in three in the Cup against City, who head into Sunday's League Cup final against Arsenal with a lot of work to do in order to pick themselves up from this. That's going to be all from me tonight, thanks for joining us!