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  • September 17, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Walton
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Premier League Preview: Everton - Wigan Athletic

Premier League Preview: Everton - Wigan Athletic

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The visiting side hasn't picked up three points against David Moyes' men since 2008 and will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov
Osman
Cahill
WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Moses,
Gomez, Diame, McArthur, Rodallega
Di Santo
David Moyes raised a few eyebrows by dropping skipper Phil Neville for the previous game against Aston Villa. but the defender should be back in this week.

The Scot also played Tim Cahill as the lone man up front with Leon Osman in behind him, and this might continue as the manager's faith in his other forwards has has been shaky in recent times, while Victor Anichebe is sidelined for three months due to a groin injury sustained while on international duty with Nigeria.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez continued to play Hugo Rodallega out wide in the last fixture – a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Antolin Alcaraz is sidelined with a thigh injury that is expected to keep him out for a few more weeks, while Steve Gohouri and James McCarthy were last reported to be recovering from calf and knee injuries respectively, which makes them doubtful for this game.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Having been a notoriously slow starter in recent years, 10th-placed Everton is sitting in the top half after three games for the first time since 2007.
  • The home side is unbeaten against Saturday's visitor since 2008.
  • Former Wigan man Leighton Baines (pictured right) was one of three Toffees players to have appeared in all 38 Premier League games last season. Not a single Latics player achieved the feat.
  • David Moyes' side has only lost once at home since last November.
  • Neither team had a player who scored over 10 goals for them last season.
  • The DW Stadium outfit had the worst record against teams in the top half last term, picking up only 12 points from 20 games.
  • Wigan has only ever won once at Goodison Park in its history.
  • Alongside Swansea City, Roberto Martinez's side is the only outfit in the Premier League that has yet to score away from home.
  • Despite losing away to Manchester City last week, the Latics remain in the top half - something the club failed to achieve at any point over the 2010-11 campaign.

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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
15Sylvain DistinDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
2Tony HibbertDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
26Adrain LopezDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
52Patrick van AanholtDefender
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
20H. ThomasMidfielder
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
18Conor SammonStriker

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