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  • 24 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Wigan - Reading Preview: Latics looking to reverse awful home form

The Latics have lost regular starters Gary Caldwell and James McArthur as they prepare to face Brian McDermott's side, who seek to continue their run of four games unbeaten

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Al-Habsi
Lopez, Ramis, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, Jones, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Di Santo
READING

Federici
Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey
Robson-Kanu, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff
Le Fondre, Roberts

Wigan are still without the injured Antolin Alcaraz (groin) in defence, while fellow centre back and captain Gary Caldwell is ruled out (hamstring) so Adrian Lopez could start in his place.

Midfielders James McArthur (hip) and Albert Crusat (knee) are unavailable, while Ben Watson (broken leg) was injured against Liverpool, so David Jones or playmaker Jordi Gomez could start in central midfield.

Reading could field an unchanged lineup with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) still unavailable and central midfielders Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Jem Karacan (knee) yet to recover from injuries.

Hal Robson-Kanu could retain his place on the right wing ahead of Garath McCleary, and Jimmy Kebe (groin) who is doubtful.

Adam Le Fondre started up front last weekend alongside Jason Roberts in a front two, but Noel Hunt and Pavel Pogrebnyak will also be fighting for a starting spot.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have won just one of their six Premier League games this season at the DW Stadium, losing three and conceding at least two goals in all but one of them.
  • Reading have failed to win any of their five away matches in the Premier League so far this season, losing three and drawing two.
  • The Royals have won five and lost none of their last seven home matches against Wigan.
  • The visitors have not won a single one of the four Premier League games they have scored first in this season, conceding each lead to draw all four.
  • Jobi McAnuff has provided 29 per cent of Reading’s assists this season, the highest proportion in the top-flight.
  • Reading striker Jason Roberts (pictured right) won promotion to the Premier League with Wigan in 2005 before moving to Blackburn in 2006, where he scored in each of the three matches against the Latics in which he played at least 30 minutes.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
26Adrain LopezDefender
16James McArthurMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
17Kaspars GorkssDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
16Jay TabbMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
3Adrian MariappaDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
Players to Watch
James McCarthy
James McCarthy
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The Republic of Ireland international has played every minute of the Latics’ Premier League campaign so far this season, but has seen regular centre midfield partner James McArthur and stand-in Ben Watson each sidelined through injury. The 22-year-old has impressed as a key component of his team’s attractive style of play, but the pair’s absence places a heightened responsibility on his shoulders to give his side control in midfield.
Adam Le Fondre
Adam Le Fondre
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker was a revelation after signing shortly after the start of last season from League Two side Rotherham before going on to score 12 league goals helping the Royals secure promotion from the Championship. The 25-year-old has started just three matches this season but his two goals against Everton last Saturday brought his side their first league win of the season, and he will hope to provide his finishing touch to any service he gets from the wings on Saturday.
Prediction
Roberto Martinez’ side lost their last two Premier League matches but are likely to see much of the ball and retain the capability of a strong performance given their power and pace in attack.
Brian McDermott’s side were boosted, however, by recording their first win of the season to continue a run of four matches unbeaten, and could come away with a draw at the DW Stadium.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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