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  • October 15, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 17261
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Premier League Preview: Wigan - Bolton

Premier League Preview: Wigan - Bolton

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Neither side have picked up a win in a long time and they will be looking to pull away from the bottom of the table in a massive Lancashire derby clash at DW Stadium.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Al Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Watson, McCarthy, Diame
Moses, Di Santo, Maloney

BOLTON

Jaaskelainen
Steinsson, Cahill, Boyata, Robinson
Eagles, Reo Coker, Pratley, Petrov
Ngog, Klasnic

Wigan will be without striker Hugo Rodallega with knee injury he picked up against Everton at Goodison Park but the Colombian is the only player ruled out for Roberto Martinez, with Steve Gohouri and Antolin Alcaraz back in contention following recent knocks. Captain Gary Caldwell will be hoping to put his international midweek disappointment behind him following Scotland’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Spain.

Jussi Jaaskelainen should make a return to the Bolton starting lineup for this game after missing the heavy home defeat against Chelsea. Youngster Adam Bogdan will return to the bench after a nightmare outing against the Blues where he conceded five goals.

However, the return of Jasskelainen is the only piece of good news for Owen Coyle who has the busiest treatment room in the Premier League at the moment. Long-term absentees Stuart Holden, Chung Yong-Lee and Tyrone Mears are three of seven players unavailable for the Bolton boss.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Both teams are in the bottom three of the form league but will be hoping to turn their fortunes around in this fixture and collect their second victory of the season.
  • The two sides are just seven miles apart, which means this is their closest game, adding further spice to a match that pits together clubs down in the relegation zone.
  • Both sides have won just once this season, and both victories have come against newly promoted QPR.
  • Since victory on the opening day, Bolton has not picked up a single point. Owen Coyle's side were top of the league after that win but have slowly fallen down the table and are now bottom of the pile.
  • Wigan has fared better at home than it has on its travels, but it has lost its last five competitive games. The club began the season with five points from their opening three games but have not picked up a point since.
  • Bolton will be glad the game is not at home as they have conceded 15 goals in four games at the Reebok Stadium this season.
  • Wigan and Bolton have met 35 times in their history, with the Latics edging ahead with 13 wins compared to Bolton’s 12.
  • The two sides met four times last season with three of the games ending level, but Bolton won the fourth game (an FA Cup replay) 1-0 at the DW Stadium in February.
  • It has been hard to separate the two sides at the DW Stadium in recent times, with the last three matches in Wigan ending in draws.
  • The DW Stadium has not seen many goals in the last five meetings, both sides have only scored two goals so a seven goal thriller should not be expected.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Bolton Wanderers

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Bolton Wanderers FC Bolton Wanderers
26%
37%
37%

Top 3 Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 1
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 0
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 2
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL

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