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  • 26 November 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
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Sunderland - Wigan Athletic Preview: Steve Bruce's men looking to improve home form

Black Cats lock horns with the bottom placed side in the Premier League, but will have to be wary as the Latics have history on their side in terms of head-to-head meetings


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND


Westwood
O'Shea, Brown, Turner, Bardsley
Elmohamady, Colback, Cattermole, Larsson
Sessegnon
Bendtner


WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Moses, Di Santo, Rodallega
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce still have a bunch of injuries to deal with, as Marcos Angeleri, Titus Bramble, Fraizer Campbell and Craig Gordon (all knee) are ruled out due to injuries. Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet (face) and Connor Wickham (knee) are also in the treatment room.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez will have to make do without Antolin Alcaraz, as the Paraguayan is serving a suspension for the spitting incident that took place during the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chris Kirkland (back) is also out of action, while Callum McManaman will remain unavailable since he is out on loan with Blackpool.


DID YOU KNOW

  • Sunderland have a disastrous record at the Stadium of Light in recent times, winning only two of their last 14 matches there.
  • The Black Cats' form has also been dull in recent weeks, as they have managed to win only one of their last seven games in the league.
  • If all matches ended at half-time, the home side would have been in the relegation zone at this point in the season, whereas the Latics would have found themselves in 15th place.
  • Wigan Athletic have managed to score only 10 goals in the league this season. No team has scored fewer.
  • The visitors have been in worse form than their opponents, losing nine of their last 10 games in all competitions. But the one game that they did not lose was their last one against Blackburn Rovers, which finished in a 3-3 draw.
  • The two sides have locked horns 17 times in the course of their respective histories. Wigan have won six, while the Black Cats have triumphed on four occasions. The rest of the games ended in a draw.
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Available Squads
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
24Trevor CarsonGoalkeeper
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
26Adrain LopezDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Stretching from last season, the Black Cats have conceded 18 goals in their last 10 home games. So it will be up to the lone forward, Nicklas Bendtner, to take the initiative and put one or more in the back of the net.
Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Hugo Rodallega is yet to open his goalscoring account in the Premier League this season, which has contributed, in part, towards the Latics' downfall. The team really needs to get back up the ladder before it becomes too late, and the Colombian would undoubtedly want to do some damage at the Stadium of Light.
Prediction
Both sides have been in shady form in recent weeks, and both appear to be poised to cancel each other out at the Stadium of Light.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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