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  • May 7, 2011
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  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Premier League preview: Aston Villa - Wigan

Premier League preview: Aston Villa - Wigan

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Roberto Martinez’s men travel to mid-table Midlands outfit in the bottom three but level on points with 17th-placed Blackpool as they attempt to avoid the drop to the Championship



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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Collins, Clark, Cuellar; Agbonlahor, Makoun, Petrov, Downing; A Young; Bent.
Last Saturday's derby capitulation to West Brom should see caretaker manager Gary McAllister ring the changes. Cameroon international Jean Makoun should return from a dead leg, while out of form veteran Richard Dunne could make way for Ciaran Clark at centre-back.
Wigan Athletic (4-3-3): Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Cleverley, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
Despite being forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw with Everton last Saturday, Charles N'Zogbia and Mohamed Diame are expected to be available to manager Roberto Martinez. With an otherwise fully fit squad, the Spaniard is expected to favour Hugo Rodallega over Franco Di Santo up front.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • The two clubs have met 14 times in all competitions, with Aston Villa winning seven, Wigan winning four and three draws.
  • Villa have only lost four of 17 matches at home this season.
  • Wigan have scored six goals and conceded six goals in their last three games.
  • Villa have won just two games out of their last seven, with one defeat coming to Wigan's relegation rivals Wolves.
  • Wigan's 35 goals in the league this season has made them the joint-lowest scoring team alongside Birmingham City.
  • Franco Di Santo (pictured right) has scored just one goal for Wigan since joining from Chelsea last summer.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
2Kyle WalkerDefender
19James CollinsDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
33Andy MarshallGoalkeeper
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
8Robert PiresMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
14Nathan DelfounesoStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
20H. ThomasMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
Players to Watch
Ashley Young
Ashley Young
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 2 0
Another week of transfer rumours saw Ashley Young linked to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. Yet, on the majority of performances for Villa this term you'd fail to see what all the fuss is about.

Young again failed to shine in defeat to West Brom but has proved his quality recently in an England shirt. Take advantage of the porous Wigan defence and he could finally show why he is one of the hottest topics in the summer transfer window to come.
Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Wigan have struggled all season and striker Hugo Rodallega has come down with the same affliction. The previously highly rated Colombian's season to forget came to boil in the previous game against Everton when his late handball saw a vital win ebb away.

It is now or never in Wigan's fight to beat the drop and a goal on Saturday would go a long way to making up for his rash mistake.
Prediction
The wheels have fallen off Villa's season as it draws to an unsatisfactory end. With nothing to play for, a hungry Wigan side should snatch a vital away result.
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