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  • 2 April 2011
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  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
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Wigan Athletic - Tottenham Preview: Spurs looking to bounce back after failing to pick up a win in March

Wigan Athletic - Tottenham Preview: Spurs looking to bounce back after failing to pick up a win in March

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The Latics are rooted to the foot of the table as they prepare to entertain Harry Redknapp's side, who are struggling to find form ahead of their clash with Real Madrid


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi; Gohouri, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Figueroa; Moses, Thomas, McCarthy, Cleverley, N’Zogbia; Rodallega.
Tottenham: Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Jenas, Modric, Pienaar; Van der Vaart; Defoe.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have conceded more goals at home than any other team at home this season, letting in a total of 31 strikes at the DW.
  • The hosts haven't kept a clean sheet at home for eight games.
  • Roberto Martinez's side also have the worst shot conversion rate in the league, netting only 10 per cent of their attempts on goal.
  • The Latics have never been at the foot of the Premier League table in April.
  • The home side have only beaten Spurs twice in their history, having met 12 times.
  • Tottenham have more 2-1 wins than anyone else in the league, racking up the score a total of seven times this season.
  • The White Hart Lane outfit failed to pick up a win in March despite playing against two teams in the league's bottom six.
  • Harry Redknapp's side have come back from losing positions more than anyone else, picking up 21 points from behind this season.
  • Spurs have committed fewer fouls than anybody else in the league so far with only 309 offences to their name.
  • Jermain Defoe averages a goal per game against Wigan, hitting 10 in 10 against the Latics.
LAST MEETING

August 28, 2010: Tottenham 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Hugo Rodallega smashed home a second-half winner to give the Latics their first points of the campaign as Tottenham slumped to their first defeat.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
1GomesGoalkeeper
22Vedran CorlukaDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
5S. BassongDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseMidfielder
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Peter CrouchStriker
Players to Watch
Antolín Alcaraz
Antolín Alcaraz
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
If Wigan are going to survive this season, they must improve on their woeful defensive record at home and make the DW a fortress for the final few games of the season. Time to step up, then, for the Paraguayan central defender who is so highly thought of at the club that he was given the captaincy on arrival last summer.

The 28-year-old stopper will need to keep a cool head as Tottenham rack up the pressure in and around the area and will hope to not rely too heavily on 'keeper Ali Al-Habsi, despite the Oman international's sublime form this season.
Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The England international is looking well on his way to a return to his predatory best.

It's been a disappointing season for the Spurs' frontman having failed to score in the league this year until his stunning brace against Wolves last month but he has looked sharp in recent weeks and will be looking to impress Redknapp as the season edges towards an exciting finale for the White Hart Lane club.
Prediction
Wigan showed great heart in coming from behind to beat Birmingham last time out and Tottenham have indeed looked a little fatigued in recent weeks but having been invigorated by a week's break due to international fixtures. Expect Redknapp's men to show their quality and just about overcome the struggling Latics.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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