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
Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Santo
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Downing, Suarez, Coutinho
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.
- Luis Suarez is just four short of 50 goals in his Liverpool career. He is 7/2 to score the first goal with bet365.
- 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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Top 3 Predictions
Wigan Athletic 0-3 Liverpool
- 21.29 %
Wigan Athletic 1-3 Liverpool
- 13.66 %
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Liverpool
- 11.66 %
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Mar 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Liverpool 4|
|Premier League (EPL)||17 Nov 2012||Liverpool 3 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||24 Mar 2012||Liverpool 1 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||21 Dec 2011||Wigan Athletic 0 - Liverpool 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||12 Feb 2011||Liverpool 1 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|18 Apr 2014||Wigan Athletic 3 - Reading 0||ENG2|
|12 Apr 2014||Wigan Athletic 1 - Arsenal FC 1||FA|
|8 Apr 2014||Wigan Athletic 0 - Millwall 1||ENG2|
|5 Apr 2014||Wigan Athletic 1 - Leeds 0||ENG2|
|1 Apr 2014||Wigan Athletic 2 - Leicester City 2||ENG2|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
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.
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.
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.
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