With Martin Petrov suspended for the next three games after his ridiculous display of petulance on Monday night, it's time for new signing Nery Castillo to step into the first eleven and set up some much-needed goals. The team's display against a very impressive Everton was pitiful and two victories against Wigan and Reading before facing Tottenham are now an absolute must.
Micah Richards is now sidelined for several weeks following an operation on his knee, which will see Vedran Corluka make an overdue return to the starting line-up. Michael Johnson completed 70 mins of the reserves' 4-2 victory over Everton in midweek, so expect to see him take a spot on the bench for this match. We clearly need him back in action as soon as possible in an effort to get Elano firing on all cyclinders again.
City's excellent home record has taken a bit of a battering in recent weeks, but Wigan's away form is simply awful: 10 defeats out of 14 and just one victory. Surely, City can't mess this one up? Well, they probably can.
This rip-roaring fixture has inexplicably been chosen by Sky as their feature game for Saturday evening, so it will kick off at 9.15pm (Dubai time) in a fog of hazy drunkerness. The day's 6pm kick-offs include Arsenal v Aston Villa, West Ham v Chelsea and Birmingham v Tottenham. MCFC Dubai will be meeting as usual at the Players' Lounge in Bur Dubai's Chelsea Hotel from 5.30pm onwards. See you there.