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  • 25 August 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 29604
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Southampton - Wigan Preview: Saints chasing their first victory since winning promotion

Both sides are looking to bounce back from opening day defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively as Premier League football returns to St Mary’s

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON


Davis
Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana
Lambert, Rodriguez
WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Alcaraz, Caldwell, Ramis
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Figueroa
Maloney, Di Santo
Kone

Saints boss Nigel Adkins is likely to make a couple of changes from the side lost 3-2 to current Premier League champions Manchester City, although the same back five are set to start the match.

Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis and influential striker Rickie Lambert came on as second-half substitutes at the Etihad Stadium with the latter scoring, and both could have done enough to earn starting berths. Former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

As for the visitors, Roberto Martinez has a full squad to choose from but is unlikely to alter his line-up too much from the side which lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea. Despite a tough debut, Ivan Ramis should keep his place in the starting XI.

Victor Moses looks poised to depart the club after the a bid from Chelsea for the winger was accepted. Summer arrival Arouna Kone looked lively after making his debut as a substitute and could come into the side.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right), scored an impressive 27 times in 39 Championship appearances last season.

  • The home side’s highest-ever top-flight league finish came back in 1983-84 when they finished second in the old First Division.
  • Southampton’s biggest-ever crowd at St Mary’s was earlier this year on 28 April when 32, 363 attended the match against Coventry City.
  • Wigan have brought in four players so far this summer -  Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen, Ivan Ramis from Mallorca, Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan from Arsenal and Arouna Kone from Levante.
  • Kone spent last season on loan at the Spanish side from Sevilla, and scored 15 times in 34 La Liga appearances to help them secure a Europa League finish.
  • The Latics highest-ever Premier League finish came back in the 2005-06 campaign when they ended up in 10th spot.

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Available Squads
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
25Daniel SeaborneDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Billy SharpStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
19David JonesMidfielder
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
-Mauro BoselliStriker
Players to Watch
Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Last season's Championship top scorer was left on the bench at the Etihad Stadium but came on to grab a goal and help put the Saints ahead against the Premier League champions.

Whilst the Saints could not hold onto the lead, Lambert may hold onto his place in the side and could prove the dangerman at, what will surely be, a raucous St Mary's.
Iván Ramis
Iván Ramis
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spaniard had a difficult introduction to Premier League life last weekend, coming up against Chelsea and Eden Hazard and finding it tough going against the Belgian, conceding the penalty from which the Blues made it 2-0 and effectively won the game.

He will hope for a far better time at St Mary's, but Saints showed last weekend they have plenty of firepower and he will need to find form, and fast, if he is to impress in the Premier League.
Prediction
Southampton impressed many despite falling to a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City but their goals against the champions showed they should cause problems for teams in the top flight, particularly in the attacking third.

Wigan's defeat to Chelsea was largely expected, but this is a ground where they will hope to pick up points, particularly with their next away fixture in the league being a trip to Manchester United.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 2

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