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  • 17 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 31576
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Everton - Wigan Athletic Preview: Roberto Martinez's men aiming to break their Premier League duck away from home

The visitors haven't picked up three points against David Moyes' men since 2008 and will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov
Osman
Cahill
WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Moses,
Gomez, Diame, McArthur, Rodallega
Di Santo
David Moyes raised a few eyebrows by dropping skipper Phil Neville for the previous game against Aston Villa, but the former Manchester United man would be to have trained hard to regain his place this week .

The Scot also played Tim Cahill as the lone man up front with Leon Osman in behind him, and this might continue as the manager's faith in his other forwards has has been shaky in recent times, while Victor Anichebe is sidelined for three months due to a groin injury sustained while on international duty with Nigeria.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez continued to play Hugo Rodallega out wide in the last fixture – a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Antolin Alcaraz is sidelined with a thigh injury that is expected to keep him out for a few more weeks, while Steve Gohouri and James McCarthy were last reported to be recovering from calf and knee injuries respectively, which makes them doubtful for this game.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Having been notoriously slow starters in recent years, 10th-placed Everton are sat in the top half after three games for the first time since 2007.
  • The home side are unbeaten against Saturday's visitors since 2008.
  • Former Wigan man Leighton Baines (pictured right) was one of three Toffees players to have appeared in all 38 Premier League games last season. Not a single Latics player achieved the feat.
  • David Moyes' side have only lost once at home since last November.
  • Neither team had a player who scored over 10 goals for them last season.
  • The DW Stadium outfit had the worst record against teams in the top half last term, picking up only 12 points from 20 games.
  • Wigan have only ever won once at Goodison Park in their history.
  • Alongside Swansea City, Roberto Martinez's side are the only outfit in the Premier League that are yet to score away from home.
  • Despite losing away to Manchester City last week, the Latics remain in the top half - something the club failed to achieve at any point over the 2010-11 campaign.

Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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David Moyes' lack of faith in his forwards, and lack of available options, was shown by his decision to play the Australian on his own up front last week.

The aerial specialist, however, is no stranger to playing as a striker, and his performance could be the difference between a draw and a win.

F. Di Santo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Argentine's confidence should be high after he was given a standing ovation for scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last month, and he will likely have to put in a strong performance if the Latics are to take anything away from Goodison Park.

Editor's Prediction

Everton's squad has been questioned by critics following the departure of Mikel Arteta while manager David Moyes' lack of faith in his strike force is evident. Even so, home advantage should be enough to see the Toffees grab a victory on the day.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Wigan Athletic

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
73%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Everton FC EVE
1 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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