Man City was coming into its Saturday matchup as the 1/6 favorite against Wigan Athletic amidst news that Carlos Tevez has been removed as captain. This is said to be the result of his perceived “disloyalty” and a desire to transfer from the team. Tevez gets his first start on Saturday.
"The reasons are simple," said City's manager, Roberto Mancini. "Carlos wanted to leave for family reasons. I respected his opinion but Carlos is still here because we didn't find a solution for him. He's a fantastic player for us, someone who can score 20 goals a season, but I decided in the summer that Vinnie was the captain."
Tevez expected to maintain his captaincy saying “I'm captain and the symbol of a big club".
Vincent Kompany will replace Tevez as club captain.
70 percent of those betting the Manchester City v Wigan Athletic game were backing Man City.
The Citizens have won their last six league games, the longest current run of its kind in the top fight.
Wigan have not lost in seven top flight matches. They come into this one with odds of 14/1 with tremendous payout potential.
Edin Dzeko has already scored six league goals this season, more than 16 of the 20 Premier League teams.
Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in four league games against the Latics for City.
No current Wigan player has ever scored a league goal against Man City.
This is Man City’s best start in the Premier League season.
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