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  • December 21, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 19230
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Premier League Preview: Wigan - Liverpool

Roberto Martinez's side prepare for another tough test against as they aim to continue their recent run of good form, but Kenny Dalglish's side will be no pushovers


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Al Habsi
Stam, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Jones
Diame, McCarthy, Gomez
 Moses, Rodallega
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Adam
Kuyt, Shelvey, Bellamy
Suarez

Buoyed by its performance against Chelsea, Wigan has a full squad to choose from for the visit of Liverpool, with only out of favor goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on the sidelines. Hugo Rodallega played 18 minutes of the draw against Chelsea and his impact may convince Roberto Martinez to reward him with a starting berth.

Liverpool is without three of its central midfielders, so Jonjo Shelvey is expected to continue for the Reds after impressing against Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard and Lucas are both sidelined with injury and youngster Jay Spearing is serving the final game of his ban after being sent off against Fulham.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The two sides have met 14 times in their history and Liverpool has dominated with a win percentage of 64 percent from those encounters, with nine wins and only one defeat.
  • However, Liverpool hasn’t won any of its last three matches against the Latics and both games last season ended 1-1.
  • Before its promotion to the Premier League, Wigan had never faced Liverpool, and its only win over the Reds came in March 2010 when Hugo Rodallega scored in the 35th minute at the DW Stadium.
  • Wigan has turned its form around in recent weeks. The club is unbeaten in its last two games and has only lost once in the last five games. However, the Latics have not won at home since August – a run of six games without success at the DW Stadium.
  • Liverpool is one of the in-form teams in the Premier League; it has lost just once in its last 11 matches and have won its last two games.
  • It took Wigan six attempts to score against Liverpool in the league. It has conceded 12 goals without worrying Liverpool until Titus Bramble scored in the 80th minute of its Premier League clash in January 2008.
  • Jordi Gomez is currently Wigan’s lucky charm. He has only scored four goals this season but in each of those games the Latics have earned themselves at least a draw.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured) averages 4.6 shots per game, which is the second highest in the league and works out at 73 shots this season, but has only registered five goals, making his conversion rate the worst in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool averages 53% possession away from home, the fifth best in the division, whereas Wigan’s possession percentage of 48% at home is the lowest in the league
  • Liverpool has scored 20 goals versus Wigan in its 12 Premier League matches, which is 1.6 per game. Wigan has scored just eight goals against the Reds.

 

Players to watch

Jordi Gómez

Position: Midfielder

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L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Liverpool

Wins
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1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
95%

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Wigan Athletic FC WIG
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Liverpool FC LIV
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 3
Liverpool FC LIV
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
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Liverpool FC LIV

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