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  • 15 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Norwich - Wigan Preview: Latics battle injury as they travel to a Canaries side unbeaten in nine league games

Roberto Martinez's side have picked up just four points in six matches, and now face Chris Hughton's in-form side at Carrow Road with many of their first-choice defenders missing

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


NORWICH

Norwich City
Bunn
Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido

Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Holt
WIGAN
Wigan Athletic 
Al-Habsi
Boyce, Adrian Lopez, Figueroa

Stam, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Di Santo

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) is out until next year and so Mark Bunn will continue in goal. Right-back Steven Whittaker (hip) and centre-back Ryan Bennett (knee) are doubtful, so the versatile Russell Martin could feature while centre-back Michael Turner could return following injury.

Midfielder Alexander Tettey (knock) faces a fitness test, with Jonny Howson his potential replacement, but Andrew Surman (knee) is unavailable.

Playmaker Wes Hoolahan (knock) also faces a fitness test, with striker Steve Morison an option alongside Grant Holt in a front two, but Harry Kane (ankle) is unlikely to be available after only just returning to training.

Wigan have suffered several casualties at centre-back, with Ivan Ramis (hamstring), Gary Caldwell (hamstring) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) all ruled out. Maynor Figueroa however will return from suspension and could be joined in a back three by Adrian Lopez and Emmerson Boyce, whose place on the right flank would go to Ronnie Stam.

Midfielder Ben Watson (shin) as well as wingers Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Albert Crusat (knee) are unavailable, but playmaker Shaun Maloney returned last week against QPR and could challenge Jordi Gomez for a place in attack.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games. They last went on a longer run within a top-flight season in March 1987 (15 games), while only Manchester United and Stoke have picked up more points over the last six games.
  • The Canaries have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at Carrow Road, winning their last four consecutive home games, each by a single goal.
  • In that eight-game run Chris Hughton’s side have kept five clean sheets, and only West Brom and Stoke have conceded fewer Premier League goals at home this season than Norwich (7), but only Stoke and bottom-placed QPR have scored fewer home goals than them (8).
  • Wigan have picked up just one win in their last six Premier League matches, conceding two or more goals in each game.
  • The Latics have lost five of their last six away league matches, scoring just two goals in the process and losing their last two away games 3-0.
  • Roberto Martinez’s side have scored the fewest away league goals (4) along with Aston Villa in the Premier League.
  • Last season the two teams drew 1-1 after each meeting, with Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (pictured right) scoring first-half goals in each game - the equaliser away in August and the opening goal at home in March.
  • Canaries centre-back Sebastien Bassong has now scored three goals in his last four appearances, despite only bagging two in his previous 94 Premier League appearances. He is 10/1 to score anytime with bet365.

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Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
3Steven WhittakerDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
26Adrain LopezDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
22Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Román GolobartDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
Players to Watch
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The powerful striker will look to use his physical presence from crosses and at set-pieces to unsettle his opponents’ makeshift defence, while his link-up play and finishing instincts could be crucial in converting any chances his side get on Saturday.
Adrián López
Adrián López
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The defence is likely to come under heavy pressure from crosses and set-pieces, and the 25-year-old has a point to prove after last weekend’s 2-2 home draw when he failed to mark Ryan Nelsen as he headed in QPR’s first and then gave the ball away in his own half with an underhit pass out of defence for Djibril Cisse’s second.
Prediction
After going nine league matches unbeaten, the Canaries are on a strong run of form despite their midweek defeat in the League Cup, and are now just four points from a Champions League place. The Latics, meanwhile, have lost four of their last five away games and are struggling with a series of injuries at centre-back, which could be their undoing against their organised opponents on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 0

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