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Premier League

  • May 19, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 23001

Premier League Preview: Wigan - Aston Villa

Defeat at Arsenal means that Roberto Martinez's men are already relegated, leaving the Villans to rest easy as they visit the DW Stadium without talisman Christian Benteke.



Alcarez, Caldwell, Scharner
Boyce, McCarthur, McCarthy, Espinoza
Maloney, Kone, Gomez


Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett
Sylla, Westwood, Delph
, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Callum McmManaman (ankle) has been ruled out for three months after being stretchered from the field against Arsenal, and his absence may force Jordi Gomez further forward, with captain Gary Caldwell returning in the center of defense.

Jean Beausejour (hamstring) is back in contention, while the injured Maynor Figueroa (groin) may have played his last game for the relegated club, with his contract expiring in the summer. Ronnie Stam (ankle), Ivan Ramis (anterior cruciate ligament) and Mike Pollitt (hip) also remain on the sidelines for the Latics.

Top goalscorer Christian Benteke is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea, meaning Charles N'Zogbia may come into the front three, with Andreas Weimann taking a central role. Alternatively, Darren Bent could be in line for just his eighth Premier League start of the season, and his first since January.

Matt Lowton (hip), Ciaran Clark (ankle) and Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) are all back in contention after missing out last week.

  • Wigan has failed to win any of its last six Premier League home games against Aston Villa, losing four and drawing two.
  • Having won 3-0 at Villa Park, the Latics can add Paul Lambert's men to Reading as the only sides they have beaten home and away this season with three points on Sunday.
  • Shaun Maloney (pictured, right) has scored three and assisted four goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions. 
  • Should Villa at the DW Stadium, it will have suffered more defeats than in any previous Premier League season, beating 2002-03's tally of 17.
  • Lambert's side has won 26 of its 40 points (65 percent) against other sides in the bottom half of the league this season.
  • The Villans are without Christian Benteke, who has scored or assisted 51 percent of Villa’s goals over the course of the season - the highest proportion for any player at any Premier League club.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored six goals and assisted one in his last eight games, and faces a Wigan side against whom he has scored more Premier League goals (5) than against any side other than Everton (7).


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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Román GolobartDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
41Daniel RedmondDefender
-Eduard CampabadalDefender
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
39Jordan MustoeMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
29Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
33Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
38Gary GardnerMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker

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