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  • 20 April 2013
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West Ham - Wigan Preview: Latics look to move out of relegation zone with win

The Hammers will be keen to build on their impressive draw against league leaders Manchester United on Wednesday, while the FA Cup finalists could quell safety fears with victory

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


WEST HAM


Jaaskelainen
Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
Diame, O'Neil
Jarvis, Nolan, Vaz Te
Carroll
WIGAN

Joel
Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa
Boyce, Gomez, McCarthy, Beausejour
McManaman, Kone, Maloney

Sam Allardyce could name the same side that valiantly drew 2-2 with Manchester United in midweek, although Mark Noble has returned from injury and is another option in central midfield.

The club captain is more likely to find a place on the substitutes' bench should Gary O'Neil keep his place.

Despite defeat by Manchester City, Roberto Martinez is also likely to make few changes. The influential Callum McManaman could well return to the side instead of Franco Di Santo, while Joel is expected to retain his place in goal after a fine performance against the champions.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • According to whoscored.comWest Ham have two of the Premier League's top 10 most prolific tacklers in Mark Noble and Mohamed Diame, who average 3.8 and 3.5 tackles per game, respectively.
  • The Hammers have scored just one more goal than Wigan in the league this season (38 to 37) but are seven places above them and eight points better off.
  • Wigan have only ever won seven of the 33 Premier League games that they have played in April.
  • Maynor Figueroa (pictured right) has conceded more penalties than any other player in the Premier League this season.
  • Latics star Jean Beausejour is one of only seven players in the top flight to average at least two accurate crosses per match.

Players to watch

A. Carroll

Position: Attacker

Games: 6

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The on-loan Liverpool striker has been in superb form for the Hammers in recent weeks and is a player who can cause any team all sorts of problems. He will need to be at the top of his game against Wigan, who excellently nullified the threat of Manchester City's strikers for 80 minutes on Wednesday.

C. McManaman

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 21-year-old is the Latics' most influential player at present and is scoring some important goals. Combined with Shaun Maloney and Arouna Kone, Wigan have a front three capable of troubling Jussi Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams were impressive in their respective games against the Manchester clubs. West Ham will expect to win considering that they have home advantage but Wigan will be buoyed, knowing that a win would take them out of the bottom three. With Aston Villa having to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday, it is a chance that Wigan cannot pass up if they are to survive this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Wigan Athletic

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
49%
37%

Top 3 Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
West Ham United FC WHU
1 - 2
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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