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  • 27 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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Wigan - Tottenham Preview: The Latics looking to kick start their great escape

It was this time last year that Roberto Martinez's men embarked on a run of four wins in five games that saw them avoid the drop, but their record against Spurs is not encouraging

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Robles
Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, Gomez, McCarthy, Beausejour
McManaman, Kone, Maloney
TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Parker, Dembele
 Dempsey, Bale,
Sigurdsson
Defoe

Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) went off injured in the first half of Wigan's defeat against West Ham, forcing Maynor Figueroa to move back into defence with Jean Beausejour playing at left wing back. With the Paraguayan defender still not recovered, Roberto Martinez may choose to play that set-up from the start.

This is partly due to long term absence of Spanish centre-back Ivan Ramis (anterior cruciate ligament), who will not play again this season. Ben Watson (broken leg) also remains on the sidelines, despite having resumed training. The midfielder scored the winning goal in November's reverse fixture at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe could be preferred to Emmanuel Adebayor in attack for Tottenham, having come off the bench to score his first goal in 12 games against Manchester City last weekend.

Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that Aaron Lennon (knee) is in contention to play, but may have to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench, with Clint Dempsey continuing on the right. William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) remain sidelined, in Spurs' only other injury concerns.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have won just three of their last 15 Premier League games against Tottenham, losing seven.
  • The Latics worst ever defeat was recorded against Spurs, losing 9-1 at White Hart Lane four years ago.
  • Jermain Defoe (pictured right) has scored 10 goals in 12 Premier League appearances against Roberto Martinez's men, including five in that 9-1 thrashing.
  • The hosts have the same number of points as they did after 33 games last season, when they went on to win four of the last five to secure survival.
  • Martinez's side have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in this season’s top division (68%).
  • Only champions Manchester United (14) have led on more occasions than Spurs (13) away from home this season.

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Available Squads
1JoelGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
22Jean BeausejourMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
Players to Watch
Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The diminutive Scottish playmaker has struggled to consistently display his undoubted ability during two separate stints in the Premier League, but seems to be hitting top form at just the right time for Wigan. Aside from boasting a keen eye for a pass, the former Celtic man has scored two of his side's last three goals, and is more than capable of exposing any space the visitors leave in behind as they go in search of victory.
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Welshman's value was only underlined by his side's struggles during a two-game absence through injury, which saw them scrape a 2-2 draw at home to Everton and crash out of the Europa League against Basel. His return helped to inspire a magnificent 3-1 win over Manchester City that reignited their Champions League ambitions, and he will play a crucial role in every game if Spurs are to secure a top four finish.
Prediction
Two entertaining teams should provide a compelling game at the DW Stadium, but the Gareth Bale factor should see Tottenham come out on top after some resistance.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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