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  • August 25, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 29604
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Premier League Preview: Southampton - Wigan

Premier League Preview: Southampton - Wigan

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Both sides are looking to bounce back from opening day defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively as Premier League football returns to St Mary’s

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON


Davis
Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana
Lambert, Rodriguez
WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Alcaraz, Caldwell, Ramis
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Figueroa
Maloney, Di Santo
Kone

Saints boss Nigel Adkins is likely to make a couple of changes from the side lost 3-2 to current Premier League champions Manchester City, although the same back five are set to start the match.

Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis and influential striker Rickie Lambert came on as second-half substitutes at the Etihad Stadium with the latter scoring, and both could have done enough to earn starting berths. Former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

As for the visitors, Roberto Martinez has a full squad to choose from but is unlikely to alter his lineup too much from the side which lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea. Despite a tough debut, Ivan Ramis should keep his place in the starting XI.

Victor Moses looks poised to depart the club after the a bid from Chelsea for the winger was accepted. Summer arrival Arouna Kone looked lively after making his debut as a substitute and could come into the side.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right), scored an impressive 27 times in 39 Championship appearances last season.

  • The home side’s highest-ever top-flight league finish came back in 1983-84 when it finished second in the old First Division.
  • Southampton’s biggest-ever crowd at St Mary’s was earlier this year on April 28 when 32, 363 attended the match against Coventry City.
  • Wigan has brought in four players so far this summer -  Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen, Ivan Ramis from Mallorca, Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan from Arsenal and Arouna Kone from Levante.
  • Kone spent last season on loan at the Spanish side from Sevilla, and scored 15 times in 34 La Liga appearances to help them secure a Europa League finish.
  • The Latics' highest-ever Premier League finish came back in the 2005-06 campaign when they ended up in 10th spot.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Southampton

Wigan Athletic

Wins
0
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Southampton FC SOT
Southampton FC Southampton
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
44%
22%
34%

Top 3 Predictions

Southampton FC SOT
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Southampton FC SOT
1 - 2
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Southampton FC SOT
1 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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