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  • 3 January 2012
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  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
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Wigan - Sunderland Preview: Black Cats looking to extend good form after last-gasp win against Manchester City on New Year’s Day

Martin O’Neill’s side will visit the DW Stadium fresh off the back of an impressive win against the league leaders, while the Latics are also enjoying an impressive run


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Al-Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Rodallega, Di Santo, Moses
SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
O'Shea, Kilgallon, Brown, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, Colback Sessegnon
Bendtner
Roberto Martinez’ Wigan side are currently enjoying a relatively injury-free period, something that is undoubtedly an advantage during the fixture-heavy festive season. Emmerson Boyce will be the Latics’ only absentee. The 32-year-old picked up a hamstring injury at the beginning of November and is likely to return in the coming weeks.

Sunderland are likely to miss Craig Gordon due to his continuing knee problems. Connor Wickham, Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell are also recovering from similar issues and are all doubts for Tuesday’s visit to the DW Stadium.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have only emerged victorious twice in their last 11 encounters with the Latics, who came out triumphant in six of those clashes.
  • Martin O'Neill's men have averaged only one goal per game on the road this season, a statistic that could be set to change judging by their recent run of impressive results.
  • The scorer of the first goal in the last four meetings between Sunderland and Wigan has not gone on to win the match.
  • The Black Cats have only managed to pick up points in five of their last seven away games in the Premier League.
  • The Latics have failed to pick up three points in their last three Premier League fixtures at the DW Stadium.
  • Two thirds of Wigan’s last nine goals scored at home this season have come from outside the box.
  • Wigan have only managed to capture all three points at home once in this season, and that was against Premier League new boys QPR at the end of August.
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Victor MosesMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
16John O'SheaDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
24Trevor CarsonGoalkeeper
40Louis LaingDefender
7David MeylerMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
31Ryan NobleStriker
38Craig LynchStriker
Players to Watch
Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Despite enduring a relatively shaky start to the season, which saw him struggle to make the first team at times. Rodallega’s form has peaked in recent weeks, with the Colombian looking incredibly threatening whenever he’s in his opponent’s half.
Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Dane fluffed a golden chance to give his side the lead against Manchester City on Sunday but held the ball up well on occasion and will want to put in a more clinical display to maintain his status as a first-team cert at the Stadium of Light.
Prediction
Judging by both Sunderland and Wigan’s impressive form over the festive period, this clash has got a draw written all over it. Wigan have managed draws with Stoke, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks while Sunderland are currently unbeaten in their last three games, with the Black Cats managing to defeat league leaders Manchester City with four seconds remaining in their New Year’s Day fixture.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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