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  • 7 May 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Aston Villa - Wigan Athletic Preview: Latics look for fourth away win to escape Premier League relegation zone

Aston Villa - Wigan Athletic Preview: Latics look for fourth away win to escape Premier League relegation zone

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Roberto Martinez’s men travel to mid-table Midlands outfit in the bottom three but level on points with 17th-placed Blackpool as they attempt to avoid the drop to the Championship



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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Collins, Clark, Cuellar; Agbonlahor, Makoun, Petrov, Downing; A Young; Bent.
Last Saturday's derby capitulation to West Brom should see caretaker manager Gary McAllister ring the changes. Cameroon international Jean Makoun should return from a dead leg, while out of form veteran Richard Dunne could make way for Ciaran Clark at centre-back.
Wigan Athletic (4-3-3): Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Cleverley, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
Despite being forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw with Everton last Saturday, Charles N'Zogbia and Mohamed Diame are expected to be available to manager Roberto Martinez. With an otherwise fully fit squad, the Spaniard is expected to favour Hugo Rodallega over Franco Di Santo up front.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • The two clubs have met 14 times in all competitions, with Aston Villa winning seven, Wigan winning four and three draws.
  • Villa have only lost four of 17 matches at home this season.
  • Wigan have scored six goals and conceded six goals in their last three games.
  • Villa have won just two games out of their last seven, with one defeat coming to Wigan's relegation rivals Wolves.
  • Wigan's 35 goals in the league this season has made them the joint-lowest scoring team alongside Birmingham City.
  • Franco Di Santo (pictured right) has scored just one goal for Wigan since joining from Chelsea last summer.

Players to watch

A. Young

Position: Midfielder

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Another week of transfer rumours saw Ashley Young linked to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. Yet, on the majority of performances for Villa this term you'd fail to see what all the fuss is about.

Young again failed to shine in defeat to West Brom but has proved his quality recently in an England shirt. Take advantage of the porous Wigan defence and he could finally show why he is one of the hottest topics in the summer transfer window to come.

H. Rodallega

Position: Attacker

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Wigan have struggled all season and striker Hugo Rodallega has come down with the same affliction. The previously highly rated Colombian's season to forget came to boil in the previous game against Everton when his late handball saw a vital win ebb away.

It is now or never in Wigan's fight to beat the drop and a goal on Saturday would go a long way to making up for his rash mistake.

Editor's Prediction

The wheels have fallen off Villa's season as it draws to an unsatisfactory end. With nothing to play for, a hungry Wigan side should snatch a vital away result.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Wigan Athletic

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
55%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Aston Villa FC AST
9 - 9
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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