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Premier League

  • 24 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 44431

Liverpool - Wigan Preview: Hosts looking for first win over Latics in four games

The seventh-placed Reds have lost four of their last five Premier League matches but face a relegation-threatened side who have tasted victory just once in 14 top-flight fixtures


Carragher, Skrtel, Coates, Enrique 
Henderson,  Gerrard, Spearing, Downing
Suarez, Carroll


Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy
Moses, McArthur, Beausejour
Di Santo

Liverpool could be without their two first-choice right-backs when they face Wigan, as Glen Johnson (hamstring) and Martin Kelly, who picked up a knock in the game against QPR, look likely to miss out.

Daniel Agger is still nursing fractured ribs meaning that the Reds defence which capitulated against QPR will most likely start here.

Charlie Adam is unlikely to recover from the knee injury which saw him substituted at half-time in Wednesday's loss, so Jordan Henderson could start in his place.

The only major blow that Wigan have suffered in the build-up to the game is the loss of out-of-form striker Hugo Rodallega due to a knee injury.

  • Liverpool have failed to beat Wigan in their last four meetings, losing one and drawing three.
  • The Latics have only won once in their last 14 Premier League games.
  • Wigan have picked up the second-lowest amount of points during 2012 (seven), but Liverpool have the third-lowest points tally in that period (eight).
  • Liverpool have lost four of their last five Premier League matches, only beating Merseyside rivals Everton in that spell.
  • Liverpool have a shot-to-goal conversion rate of 9.1 per cent. The only side with a worse conversion rate is Wigan, who have put away 8.4% of their chances.
  • Wigan have scored eight goals in their last 13 matches against Liverpool.
  • Luis Suarez has won the most penalties in the Premier League this season (four).
  • Meanwhile, Latics defender Gary Caldwell has given away the most (also four).

Players to watch

J. Carragher

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Liverpool veteran is likely to fill in for the two injured right-backs, and Kenny Dalglish will also be hoping that his experience will bring some stability to a back four which many have blamed for throwing away three points against QPR.

V. Moses

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Moses has caused problems all season and has been rumoured to have attracted the attentions of top clubs such as Liverpool, so it will be interesting to see how he performs down the right at Anfield.

Editor's Prediction

Wigan have drawn their last two matches by the same score and the hosts' inability to put away their chances may lead to their ninth stalemate at Anfield this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


Wigan Athletic


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG