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  • 2 March 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 20804
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Wigan - Liverpool Preview: Reds looking for first DW Stadium win since 2007

Roberto Martinez's side will hope to build on their win over Reading last week by overcoming the Merseyside outfit, who thrashed Swansea in their last league outing

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al Habsi
 Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Santo

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
 Lucas, Gerrard,
Downing, Suarez, Coutinho
Sturridge


Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa (ankle) is facing a late fitness test ahead of the visit of Liverpool but Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is expected to return to the squad.

Ben Watson (leg) and Albert Crusat (knee) are both long-term absentees, however, and Ivan Ramis (knee) will not feature again until next season.

Liverpool will be without Fabio Borini (shoulder) for the rest of the campaign whilst Brad Jones (shoulder) is still out.

Young defender Martin Kelly (knee) is still some way from a return, but the Reds will have an otherwise fully fit squad should Daniel Sturridge (knock) pass a late fitness test.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool have not won at the DW Stadium since 2007, when a Yossi Benayoun goal handed them a 1-0 win.
  • Steven Gerrard has already laid on nine assists so far this season, the most in the Premier League.
  • Wigan's 2-1 win at Anfield last term was just their second over the Reds in Premier League history.
  • If selected, Arouna Kone will make his 25th appearance for the Latics. He has already scored 10 times since moving from Levante.
  • Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is just two appearances shy of 125 for Wigan.
  • A six-goal game will take the number scored in Wigan - Liverpool contests to the half-century mark.

Players to watch

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Following his two-goal performance in the win over Reading, there can be no doubting that Arouna Kone has the ability to help salvage Wigan's season. The Ivorian has now netted eight league goals and the visitors will need to pay close attention to the 29-year-old if they are to boost their chances of leaving the DW Stadium with anything.

D. Sturridge

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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While Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard have taken the most of the plaudits for excellent displays this season, Daniel Sturridge has made an encouraging start since his arrival from Chelsea in January. The forward has scored five goals and provided two assists in just 12 league appearances this term and, with Wigan possessing one of the worst defensive records in the division, the 23-year-old could play a big part.

Editor's Prediction

Wigan will undoubtedly go into the game in good spirits on the back of their crucial victory over Reading, but face a Liverpool side that were in a ruthless mood during their 5-0 win against Swansea last time out. The Reds have won just three times on the road this season, and a fired up Latics side may just be able to earn a much-needed point.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Liverpool

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
86%

Top 3 Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 3
Liverpool FC LIV
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 3
Liverpool FC LIV
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 2
Liverpool FC LIV

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