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March 2, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 20804‎
 
 
 
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Wigan - Liverpool Preview: Reds looking for first DW Stadium win since 2007

Roberto Martinez's side will hope to build on their win over Reading last week by overcoming the Merseyside outfit, who thrashed Swansea in their last league outing

By Nicholas McGee

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al Habsi
 Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Santo

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
 Lucas, Gerrard,
Downing, Suarez, Coutinho
Sturridge


Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa (ankle) is facing a late fitness test ahead of the visit of Liverpool but Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is expected to return to the squad.

Ben Watson (leg) and Albert Crusat (knee) are both long-term absentees, however, and Ivan Ramis (knee) will not feature again until next season.

Liverpool will be without Fabio Borini (shoulder) for the rest of the campaign whilst Brad Jones (shoulder) is still out.

Young defender Martin Kelly (knee) is still some way from a return, but the Reds will have an otherwise fully fit squad should Daniel Sturridge (knock) pass a late fitness test.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool have not won at the DW Stadium since 2007, when a Yossi Benayoun goal handed them a 1-0 win.
  • Steven Gerrard has already laid on nine assists so far this season, the most in the Premier League.
  • Wigan's 2-1 win at Anfield last term was just their second over the Reds in Premier League history.
  • If selected, Arouna Kone will make his 25th appearance for the Latics. He has already scored 10 times since moving from Levante.
  • Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is just two appearances shy of 125 for Wigan.
  • A six-goal game will take the number scored in Wigan - Liverpool contests to the half-century mark.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
22Jean BeausejourMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
14Jordi GómezMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
-SusoMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
Players to Watch
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
Following his two-goal performance in the win over Reading, there can be no doubting that Arouna Kone has the ability to help salvage Wigan's season. The Ivorian has now netted eight league goals and the visitors will need to pay close attention to the 29-year-old if they are to boost their chances of leaving the DW Stadium with anything.
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
26 20 2 0
While Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard have taken the most of the plaudits for excellent displays this season, Daniel Sturridge has made an encouraging start since his arrival from Chelsea in January. The forward has scored five goals and provided two assists in just 12 league appearances this term and, with Wigan possessing one of the worst defensive records in the division, the 23-year-old could play a big part.
Prediction
Wigan will undoubtedly go into the game in good spirits on the back of their crucial victory over Reading, but face a Liverpool side that were in a ruthless mood during their 5-0 win against Swansea last time out. The Reds have won just three times on the road this season, and a fired up Latics side may just be able to earn a much-needed point.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0