Last Updated: 16/01/12 9:53pm
City look like holding out here. It's been a professional display in the latter stages but the job isn't quite done yet.
Aguero is replaced by Johnson. The Argentine forward will kick himself for not getting a goal tonight.
More hand gestures from Mancini. The only thing that could have saved Figueroa there was the distance Aguero was from the goal. Not exactly sporting behaviour though.
Figueroa deliberately handles the ball on the halfway line and is booked. If he had not done that Aguero would have been through on goal and Mancini is livid!
Wigan need to get this ball forward now. City have five across the back but Moses still finds a way past Clichy, and it's a Wigan corner.
Aguero is through yet again and you get the feeling this is not going to be his night. He scuffs his shot wide from inside the area just when you were expecting the net to ripple.
Dzeko's left-footed shot from distance is deflected and Al Habsi can only parry the ball out for a corner. It's dealt with easily enough though and Wigan are still in this.
City sitting quite deep now - showing the home side a lot of respect. They will still be a threat on the counter-attack, of course.
Interesting substitution for Manchester City - De Jong is on for Nasri. That signals Mancini's intention to close this game down.
Wigan on the attack again now. This is a good effort from the bottom club. They just need a bit of quality in the final third. Watson's passing is helping.
Chance! McCarthy finds himself free in the left channel and his left-footed shot along the ground is on-target only to be blocked by Hart with his legs.
And the two substitutes combine immediately but Watson's free-kick is poor and Di Santo can only turn the ball wide.
Nasri's cross from the right finds Dzeko but it's a looping ball and the striker can't get the header on target.
Wigan starting to tire a little - they are being made to chase the ball at the moment with City content to pass the ball around in midfield. Milner recycling the ball well from midfield.
Moses is still battling away but Martin Atkinson sees a foul on Savic as the Wigan man runs down the flank.
Clichy's cross from the left nicks off as many as three players before going out for a corner. Aguero will be wondering how he hasn't scored tonight.
Aguero is ruled offside from Nasri's long pass but replays suggest he was onside. Wigan living dangerously in search of an equaliser.
Moments later Aguero wriggles away from three defenders but the ball is taken off him at the last second by Dzeko just as he goes to pull the trigger! That could have been a sensational goal from Aguero... but his team-mate had other ideas!
Great double save from Al Habsi! Dzeko's effort from Nasri's cross was cute but Al Habsi was equal to it before stopping Silva's close range effort. Brilliant from the keeper.
Plenty of men in attack for Wigan again but McArthur opts to shoot 25 yards out and it skims wide of Hart's post.
After a delay to repair the assistant referee's flag, Gomez's corner is taken short and the move comes to nothing.
This is excellent from Wigan and Stam wins a corner down the right. A chance to put the ball in the box...
Moses tries to put the ball in but his cross is blocked from close range and there are shouts of handball that are swiftly waved away.
Wigan kick-off and we're underway in the second half. Crusat is through immediately but his shot is blocked. That might encourage the home fans!
"Come on Wigan, get back in this lads - had a bet Wigan can bring this back. 4-2 Wigan final scoreline." - Paul and Wolverine
That's the half-time whistle at the DW Stadium and it's Wigan 0 Manchester City 1. Edin Dzeko on the scoresheet with a neat header from David Silva's free kick. Wigan did well early on but things are looking ominous for them now.
Better from Wigan but Alcaraz's cross is awful and it leads to a quick break for City with Silva. He finds Aguero in the right channel but his effort is well-saved from Al Habsi.
More boos from the home crowd as Wigan again ignore the option of knocking the ball long and instead choose to pass the ball around at the back. It pays off this time though and they work the ball into the City area only for Moses to be robbed just when he could have put the ball in the box.
Nasri popping up on the left and the right wings but Clichy's cross is poor and it's a goal kick to Wigan. Nasri and Silva have so much space out there it's crazy.
Again there is no way through for Wigan and they twice go back to the goalkeeper. The City midfielders are working very hard to close Wigan down.
City look in total control now, enjoying lots of possession in Wigan's half. Even a few boos for the home side from their fans. Difficult moments for Martinez.
This is quality pressing from Mancini's men. They sense blood, you suspect. Wigan's determination to pass it around at the back could be their downfall.
Suicidal stuff from Wigan at the back here as Nasri steals the ball on the edge of their area but Silva can't get his shot away.
Nasri's cross from the right is just too high for Dzeko. I think the big centre-forward fancies this tonight.
City burst forward again through Nasri and they had men forward there but Crusat just cuts out Nasri's pass to Zabaleta. Dangerous times for the home side here.
That's really taken the wind out of Wigan. They'd competed well but to concede from a routine free-kick is disappointing - and a hallmark of a team heading for relegation.
A silly foul by Alcaraz on Dzeko down the left gives Silva the chance to swing the ball in and it's all too easy for the Bosnian forward to head into the far corner.
Potential flashpoint there as McArthur's foot is high on Zabaleta. Not a good idea in the current climate!
Nice skill from Crusat on the left. The little Spaniard looks like he could cause Zabaleta some problems tonight.
Route one this time from City. Hart finds Dzeko with the flick-on but Zabaleta's cross is cut out by Wigan.
Some nice possession by Wigan in the middle of the pitch without threatening to go anywhere fast. They're calming things down well though.
This game is quite open - and that might worry Roberto Martinez. City look capable of creating a lot of chances this evening.
Silva has two shots blocked in a matter of seconds. The ball breaks to Aguero who is clean through but a couple of yards offside.
Silva is getting on the ball a bit now as City start to take control. He feeds Barry down the left but the England man can't find a pass.
Bad pass from the usually reliable Zabaleta. Could Savic and Zabaleta be a weakness down the City right at the back?
It's been a cracking start and surprisingly even in the early stages. Wigan enjoying some possession too.
Great chance for City at the other end now. Silva spreads the play wide to Clichy who finds Dzeko with a near-post cross. The Bosnian should perhaps have scored with his head there.
There was a shout for a penalty there too. Rodallega should have done better with the initial chance though.
First attack for Wigan and it's a real mess in the City box! Crusat puts a left-footed cross in and after a ricochet it's a corner for the home team.
City kick-off and we're underway. Wigan are already under pressure here with Aguero and Dzeko both finding space in the box.
Thanks for all your feedback. It's almost time to get underway. Let's hope for some entertaining football on a cold night!
Craig Roomes: "Neutral fan looking forward to seeing lots of goals, but I can only see them coming from City. Moses is the only Wigan player who can threaten City for me. Either 6-0 or a lucky 6-1." That's not my definition of lucky!
Just to confirm - Micah Richards is injured. How much will City miss him? Matt Wilson has emailed in, saying: "There is no doubt that he is my first choice England right-back."
Not only is it top versus bottom today, it's also the highest scorers in the Premier League against the division's lowest scorers.
"At the ground, it's freezing! The cold could get to Silva - it's not a night for 'fancy dans'. Can't see Wigan winning though. Brian Huyton, Wigan fan!"
A bit of love for Wigan coming in now. Charlie thinks it's going to be 1-0 to the home side with Rodallega scoring, while Stu also fancies Wigan to grab the opener... before an Aguero hat-trick, of course.
Not much in the form book to encourage Wigan - they're currently on a run of six games without a win. Mind you, Manchester City have lost three of their last four... does that make it a crisis if they lose tonight?
Congratulations to Zach Kingsbury for being the first person to tip Wigan. In detail. "City will strike first blood with Aguero scoring but Wigan will pull it back just before half time with Moses and a late Rodallega goal will seal it for the home side and leave the DW Stadium gobsmacked," says Zach. He's a United fan in case you were wondering.
You guys all seeing this one way so far. Ifthi Sadeque going 5-0 City and Cian Hughes says: "I think City can go three points clear tonight! 3-0 City, Aguero (2), Dzeko."
Jamie Deluce thinks Sergio Aguero is the man tonight. "Unfortunately for Wigan, I think Man City will have too much class today. Man City to win 3-0. Aguero to score a brace."
Carwyn Owen has emailed in to say: "City going to stand out tonight with a thrilling 5-0 win, the manager will be all out to show who means business especially with both Manchester clubs tied at the top before tonight's game."
Wigan Athletic team: Al Habsi, Stam, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Crusat, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez, Moses, Rodallega.
No Micah Richards for the visitors but Pablo Zabaleta is an able deputy and Roberto Mancini will be pleased to have David Silva fit.
Manchester City team: Hart, Zabaleta, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko.
Our friends at SkyBet understandably make City big favourites for this one. The away side are 2/5 with Wigan at 15/2 and the draw is available at 7/2.
Team line-ups will be on their way shortly but feel free to get your early thoughts over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org - who do you think will win the battle of the Robertos?
Good evening all and welcome to our live coverage of this top versus bottom clash from the DW Stadium, where Wigan Athletic host Manchester City.