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  • 10 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Wigan - West Brom Preview: Latics looking for third win on the bounce

The Baggies have enjoyed an impressive start to the season but are yet to secure victory away from home whilst Roberto Martinez's side are on a fine run of form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, Watson, McCarthy, Beausejour
Maloney
Kone, Di Santo
WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Odemwingie, Gera, Brunt
Lukaku

Wigan are still without long-term absentees Antolin Alcaraz and Albert Crusat, while the thigh injury James McArthur picked up in last week's 1-0 win at White Hart Lane makes him 50-50 to start.

Ben Watson - who scored the winner against Tottenham - is likely to stand in for McCarthur in midfield but Ryo Miyaichi still cannot feature due to a groin injury.

Elsewhere, Roberto Martinez looks set to continue with a consistent team selection in filling the rest of his side.

High-flying West Brom, meanwhile, have a wealth of options to choose from, with Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long battling it out to start as the lone striker and captain Chris Brunt pushing for a recall in midfield.

However, if manager Steve Clarke does not wish to bring Brunt back into the fold, Graham Dorrans will likely make the cut, but James Morrison and Steven Reid are still injured.

Forward Peter Odemwingie looks a sure bet to start after his match-winning performance against Southampton on Monday, where he scored twice.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan can claim their third win a row with victory on Saturday after consecutive wins against West Ham and Tottenham.
  • The Latics have only won once at the DW Stadium this season - though that came in their last home fixture, against West Ham.
  • West Brom's home record (played six, won five and lost just one) is the best in the Premier League this season. But the West Midlands side could not have fared more differently on their travels, having not won in four attempts so far this campaign.
  • Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie was eligible to play for both Russia and Uzbekistan, although the striker elected to turn out for Nigeria instead. His middle name 'Osaze' means 'God chooses for you.'
  • When the two sides met last season, a 1-1 draw was almost overshadowed by a large spat between players, which was set off by a Youssouf Mulumbu (pictured right) push on McArthur.
  • The last five fixtures between these two sides paint the picture of an even affair, as Wigan and West Brom have both won two and drawn one.

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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
22Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
18Romelu LukakuStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
4Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
Players to Watch
Ali Al Habsi
Ali Al Habsi
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Oman international has been in supreme form this season and is likely to play a key role if Wigan are to come away with any points. Rumoured interest from Liverpool has been dismissed but the goalkeeper's nerve will surely be unsettled by the news. How Al-Habsi responds may well indicate where his long-term future lies.
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Nigeria international put in a sublime display last time out against Nigel Adkins' Southampton side, but the striker is still making up for lost time after his red card earlier in the season. West Brom's fortunes may hinge on which Odemwingie turns up - the clinical goalscorer or the player that lashed out to earn a sending off against Fulham.
Prediction
Steve Clarke's Baggies may be up to fifth in the Premier League, but a careful look at their position reveals it is down to their home form. With Wigan only winning once at the DW Stadium so far this season, a draw is on the cards, though Wigan look the likelier of the two were either side to edge it.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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