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  • 23 April 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Sunderland - Wigan Athletic Preview: Black Cats looking for first win in nine games against Latics

Sunderland - Wigan Athletic Preview: Black Cats looking for first win in nine games against Latics

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Roberto Martinez's side aiming for back-to-back wins to push for Premier League survival as Asamoah Gyan seeks to end six-game goal drought at Stadium of Light


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Sunderland: Mignolet; Elmohamady, Onuoha, Turner, Bardsley; Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Colback, Sessesgnon; Gyan.


Wigan: Al-Habsi; Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Boyce, Gohouri; Cleverley, Watson, Diame, McCarthy, N’Zogbia; Rodallega.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Sunderland have not won in nine games since January 22 when they beat Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.
  • Steve Bruce has not beaten his former club Wigan in three attempts since taking the helm at the Stadium of Light.
  • Asamoah Gyan is without a Premier League goal since February, with his last coming against Tottenham six games ago.
  • Sunderland have scored 20 goals at home all season, which is the second worst in the league. Only Wigan and Birmingham (18) have scored less.
  • The Black Cats have had seven different scorers in the Premier League, which is the fewest in the top flight.
  • Wigan have only lost once at the Stadium of Light in six visits to Wearside, winning two of them.
  • Hugo Rodallega is Wigan’s top scorer this season with eight Premier League goals.
  • Only Wolves (12) and Fulham (13) have scored fewer away goals in the Premier than the Latics (14).
  • Roberto Martinez’s side have only kept six clean sheets this season which is the second worst record in the division only Wolves have kept less.
  • The Latics have failed to score in 13 Premier League matches this season.

LAST MEETING


September 11, 2010: Wigan 1-1 Sunderland

Antolin Alcaraz scored in the dying minutes to snatch a point for the hosts cancelling out Asamoah Gyan’s debut strike for the Black Cats.


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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
6Michael TurnerDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
3Asamoah GyanStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
24Trevor CarsonGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
7Boudewijn ZendenMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
16C. RiverosMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
20H. ThomasMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
Players to Watch
Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sunderland need goals from their star man. He has looked a shadow of the player he was earlier in the season with some weak performances. The defence has been frail recently so the Black Cats will need fire power if they are to end their winless streak. His line of supply has been lacklustre of late but if Steve Bruce’s side get him the ball inside the box he has proven he can deliver.
Charles N'Zogbia
Charles N'Zogbia
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
The Frenchman can turn any game on its head. He has been instrumental when he played for the Latics this season, as the win  at Blackpool proved. His ability with the ball at his feet is unmatched by any player in this game, and his crossing threat make him a big danger to the Black Cats. He scored the last time Wigan beat Sunderland and Roberto Martinez will be hoping for similar performance and result for his side.
Prediction

This match is really tough to call. Wigan have been very inconsistent this season so for them to win two on the bounce would be a real achievement, add that to their good record at the Stadium of Light and I can see them nicking this one. Sunderland will be very nervy and won’t be helped by an anxious crowd who may call for Steve Bruce’s head by the end of this one.

Editor's Prediction
Wigan 2

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