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Wigan Athletic - Everton Preview: Latics look to climb out of the bottom three

Wigan Athletic - Everton Preview: Latics look to climb out of the bottom three

Latics welcome back Ecuadorian Figueroa as their fight against relegation will be tested with visit of the in-form Toffees, complete with influential Cahill


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Wigan Athletic (4-3-2-1)
Al Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Watson, Diame, McCarthy; N’Zogbia, Cleverley; Rodallega.

Roberto Martinez has a full strength squad to choose from, after full-back Maynor Figueroa completed the final game of his three-match suspension against Sunderland.

Everton (4-4-1-1)
Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Neville, Rodwell, Osman; Cahill; Beckford.

David Moyes has inspirational midfielder Tim Cahill available again after the Australian completed 45 minutes against Manchester United.

However, the Scot still has five players unavailable to him through injury. Mikel Arteta could return from his hamstring injury before the end of the season. John Heitinga and youngster Jose Baxter are, like Arteta, suffering with hamstring injuries whilst Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini are unavailable with ankle problems.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • These two sides have only met 12 times in their history and all bar one FA Cup tie in 1980 have taken place after 2005, when Wigan Athletic were promoted to the Premier League.
  • The Latics have failed to beat any of the top seven at home this season. They have, however, drawn three of those games, scoring just three goals whilst conceding 15.
  • Roberto Martinez's men have the second worst home goal scoring record in the Premier League this season, averaging at just 1.06 goals-per-game at home. They have failed to score in 35 per cent of their matches at the DW Stadium.
  • Everton have won four and drawn seven of their 17 away fixtures, but they are goal shy - scoring only 19 whilst conceding 20.
  • David Moyes has seen his side dominate the league fixtures against Wigan with six wins, while the Latics have only triumphed twice.
  • Everton are also unbeaten in the last four meetings between the two sides and have conceded only once in those four games.
  • The Toffees' recent form has seen them lose just twice in their last ten matches, which has lifted them up to seventh position in the table. They are five points behind their fierce rivals Liverpool in sixth. But more importantly, they are trying to stave off the threat of Bolton Wanderers, who are just a point behind them with a game in hand.
  • TJermaine Beckford (pictured right) has scored seven league goals his season, three of which were away from home. The Toffees average just 1.12 goals-per-game on their travels this season.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
23Seamus ColemanDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
9Jermaine BeckfordStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Ben Watson
Ben Watson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Ben Watson has really begun to shine in the Wigan midfield this season and is a key man for Roberto Martinez.

He generally sits a little bit deeper than the other midfielders and protects the back four, but shows constantly shows his excellent passing skills and ability to read the game. And the 25-year-old's performance could be pivotal in determining the outcome of this fixture.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Everton have struggled in front of goal this season, and the fact that midfielder Tim Cahill is their top scorer with nine goals only emphasises his importance to manager David Moyes.

The Australian plays particularly well just behind a lone striker and makes excellent late runs in the penalty area to cause problems to opposing teams.

Despite his stature, the former Millwall man is fantastic in the air and will be hoping to get on the score sheet for the first time in eight games on Saturday.
Prediction
This is a massive game for Wigan in their fight against relegation and they need to avoid defeat to give them a chance of jumping out of the bottom three with just three games to go following this one.

Everton are battling for seventh position and would love to improve their away record with a win against the Latics. But their goal scoring record away from home does not instil confidence that this will happen.

Luckily for the Toffees, the home side have a goal scoring record that is even worse. So a slender away victory looks likely.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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