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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 18115
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Wigan - Manchester United Preview: Red Devils on eight-match winning streak

Roberto Martinez prepares to face champions-elect but will be aware of three 5-0 defeats that the Latics have suffered in their previous five meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson's side


PROBABLE LINEUPS


WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour

Moses, Maloney
Di Santo
MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Young
Rooney, Chicharito

Neither team have any suspensions to worry about but there are injuries afflicting both squads.

Roberto Martinez is without Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega for the visit of Manchester United but it is the away side who have more players on the treatment table.

Midfielder Anderson remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but could return next week. However in better news, Nani and Michael Owen are both expected to be fit for selection for the trip to the DW Stadium.

The Latics have no long-term injury concerns, but Sir Alex Ferguson will have to wait until the summer for the return of Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher. Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard also remains a long-term doubt.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have a terrible recent record against their visitors, recording an enormous 21-0 deficit in the last five encounters.
  • The hosts have never so much as taken a point off United in any meeting between the sides.
  • Wigan have scored just four times in the 14 matches.
  • Victor Moses (right), Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez are the home side's top goalscorers this year with a paltry four goals each.
  • In contrast, Wayne Rooney has 30 goals to his name in one of his most impressive campaigns.
  • Roberto Martinez's side have lost just once in their last five games though, and were unfortunate to leave Stamford Bridge empty-handed following two officiating blunders.
  • They have also found their shooting boots, scoring in the last five fixtures.

Players to watch

V. Moses

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Wigan's main attacking weapon will need to be at his absolute best to threaten United. He is at his most effective on the break and may find his best opportunities come later in the game, particularly if Wigan can keep the game tight in the early stages.

A. Valencia

Position: Midfielder

Games: 17

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The wideman has contributed a very creditable 12 assists and four goals in his 17 starts this year. He gave Sir Alex Ferguson's side a timely boost when he initially returned from injury and has gone on from strength to strength showing himself to be one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

Editor's Prediction

I don't think it will be a walkover for United, no matter the past history of this fixture. I expect Wigan to have a decent go and if they stay defensively solid they may have a chance of nicking a point - especially if complacency slips into United's game. That said, if I were betting on this, it would be foolish to back anything other than an away win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Manchester United

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
92%

Top 3 Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 4
Manchester United FC MNU
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU

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