Wigan - Sunderland Preview: Black Cats looking to extend good form after last-gasp win against Manchester City on New Year’s Day
Martin O’Neill’s side will visit the DW Stadium fresh off the back of an impressive win against the league leaders, while the Latics are also enjoying an impressive run
By Sion Cleaver
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Rodallega, Di Santo, Moses
O'Shea, Kilgallon, Brown, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, Colback Sessegnon
Sunderland are likely to miss Craig Gordon due to his continuing knee problems. Connor Wickham, Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell are also recovering from similar issues and are all doubts for Tuesday’s visit to the DW Stadium.
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- Sunderland have only emerged victorious twice in their last 11 encounters with the Latics, who came out triumphant in six of those clashes.
- Martin O'Neill's men have averaged only one goal per game on the road this season, a statistic that could be set to change judging by their recent run of impressive results.
- The scorer of the first goal in the last four meetings between Sunderland and Wigan has not gone on to win the match.
- The Black Cats have only managed to pick up points in five of their last seven away games in the Premier League.
- The Latics have failed to pick up three points in their last three Premier League fixtures at the DW Stadium.
- Two thirds of Wigan’s last nine goals scored at home this season have come from outside the box.
- Wigan have only managed to capture all three points at home once in this season, and that was against Premier League new boys QPR at the end of August.
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Top 3 Predictions
Wigan Athletic 1-2 Sunderland
- 19.85 %
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Sunderland
- 15.44 %
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sunderland
- 12.5 %
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|Premier League (EPL)||29 Sep 2012||Sunderland 1 - Wigan Athletic 0|
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|Premier League (EPL)||23 Apr 2011||Sunderland 4 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|9 Mar 2014||Manchester City 1 - Wigan Athletic 2||FA|
|1 Mar 2014||Nottingham Forest 1 - Wigan Athletic 4||ENG2|
|22 Feb 2014||Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - Wigan Athletic 2||ENG2|
|18 Feb 2014||Wigan Athletic 2 - Barnsley 0||ENG2|
|15 Feb 2014||Cardiff City 1 - Wigan Athletic 2||FA|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
|27||Ahmed El Mohamady||Midfielder|
Despite enduring a relatively shaky start to the season, which saw him struggle to make the first team at times. Rodallega’s form has peaked in recent weeks, with the Colombian looking incredibly threatening whenever he’s in his opponent’s half.
The Dane fluffed a golden chance to give his side the lead against Manchester City on Sunday but held the ball up well on occasion and will want to put in a more clinical display to maintain his status as a first-team cert at the Stadium of Light.
Judging by both Sunderland and Wigan’s impressive form over the festive period, this clash has got a draw written all over it. Wigan have managed draws with Stoke, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks while Sunderland are currently unbeaten in their last three games, with the Black Cats managing to defeat league leaders Manchester City with four seconds remaining in their New Year’s Day fixture.
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