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Premier League

  • October 29, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 15796

Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - Fulham

Both sides welcome back important figures as they prepare for a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League table, having won just one league game each this season.


Al Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Watson, McCarthy, Diame
Moses, Rodallega, Crusat

Gyrgera, Hangeland, Baird, Riise
Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey
Zamora, Johnson
Wigan has injury doubts over James McCarthy and Franco di Santo with hamstring injuries. The Irish midfielder hopes to be fit following the injury that ruled him out of the trip to Newcastle. Meanwhile, Albert Crusat made his first start for Wigan and he will be hoping to keep his place after a good performance.

Fulham looks set to be without defender Philippe Senderos, who picked up a thigh injury in training on Thursday, while Simon Davies is still recovering from his knee injury and Aaron Hughes is struggling with a thigh injury.

But there is some good news for Martin Jol, as his summer signing Bryan Ruiz is available following his recent knee problem.

  • Both sides have just one win all season, and both have come against QPR, with Wigan coming out victorious in August and Fulham thumping six past Neil Warnock’s men earlier this month.
  • Trips away from Craven Cottage have not been fruitful for Jol's charges this season, as they have not won any of their four games away from home. The team has only picked up one point on its travels, which was West Bromwich Albion.
  • The Latics are currently bottom of the form league, having lost their last six games in the Premier League and sliding down to 19th in the standings.
  • Roberto Martinez has seen his side score five goals at home this season. In contrast, Fulham has only managed one away goal all season.
  • Fulham has played more than double the amount of games that Wigan has so far this season. The Cottagers began their campaign at the end of June with a Europa League clash and Saturday’s match will be the team's 22nd game so far. It will be Wigan’s 10th of the campaign.
  • History shows that Fulham should be confident of avoiding defeat as Wigan has not beaten this opponent in the last nine Premier League meetings between the two sides. But for their part, the Cottagers have never won at the DW in the top-flight.
  • Fulham’s away goal scoring record is one of the worst in the division. The club averages just 0.25 goals per game, and has failed to score in three quarters of its away trips.
  • The two sides have met 38 times in their history. Wigan has just 10 wins over the Cottagers, with the visitors coming out victorious 15 times and there have been 13 draws.
  • This will be the first time the two managers have come face-to-face in the dugouts. During Martin Jol’s last spell in English football at Tottenham Hotspur, Roberto Martinez was still playing for Swansea and Chester before stepping into his first managerial role at the Liberty Stadium in February 2007.
  • Both sides much prefer to play sides higher up the division than sides around them, as they have only taken one point from two games against clubs around them in the bottom six this season.

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26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
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9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
3J. RiiseDefender
30Mousa DembeleStriker
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
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