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Wigan Athletic - Liverpool preview: Joe Cole misses out again and Glen Johnson doubtful

Wigan Athletic - Liverpool preview: Joe Cole misses out again and Glen Johnson doubtful

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Wigan Athletic


Defender Steve Gohouri will miss the game through suspension as he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Blackburn on Saturday.

Manager Roberto Martinez will therefore have a dilemma over who to play at right-back as Emerson Boyce is still a week away from returning.

Midfielder James McCarthy is still recovering from an ankle operation following an injury he suffered against Bolton Wanderers.

Possible starting XI: Al Habsi; Stam, G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Diame, Thomas; Moses, Gomez, N'Zogbia; Rodallega

Liverpool

Manager Roy Hodgson is likely to keep his side unchanged after their outstanding victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After impressing against the champions, Martin Kelly should keep his place at right-back, especially as Glen Johnson is still struggling with a groin problem.

Fellow defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos could return after tonsilitis but Daniel Agger (calf), Fabio Aurelio (groin) and Joe Cole (hamstring) remain out.

Possible starting XI: Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky; Lucas, Meireles; Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi; Torres

Latics' poor form


Martinez’s side could find themselves bottom of the league on Wednesday night if they lose against Liverpool and other results go against them.

The Latics have not won in four games and have only one victory in their last eight games, a run that will have fans worried about where their season is headed.

It is not easy to see where Wigan’s problems lie, as a meagre goal tally of just eight is the lowest in the Premier League.

However, Wigan picked up their first win in ten Premier League games against Liverpool when the side’s last met in March.

Off to a flying start


Liverpool’s new owners have witnessed a transformation in the club’s fortunes since their takeover.

Three league wins in a row for the first time in 14 months has lifted the Anfield club into the top half of the table, and appeared to quieten speculation about Hodgson’s future as manager.

However, Liverpool fans will not be over-confident going into the game against Wigan as their side have a miserable recent away record, managing just two away league wins in the whole of 2010.

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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
20H. ThomasMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
13Steven CaldwellDefender
16James McArthurMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Mauro BoselliStriker
-Victor MosesMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
34Martin KellyDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
3Paul KoncheskyDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
41Martin HansenGoalkeeper
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
28Christian PoulsenMidfielder
39Nathan EcclestonStriker
Players to Watch
Charles N'Zogbia
Charles N'Zogbia
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder is consistently the Latics’ most creative force and he will be looking to exploit the inexperience of Liverpool’s Martin Kelly, should the young defender retain his place in the visiting side.
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A brace against Chelsea on Sunday should be the signal that the Spaniard is finally back to his best after a poor run of form.

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