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  • April 16, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 16030
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Premier League preview: Blackpool - Wigan Athletic

Premier League preview: Blackpool - Wigan Athletic

Relegation six-pointer at Bloomfield Road as both sides desperately go in search of victory to maintain their Premier League status for another season


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Blackpool: Kingson; Eardley, Cathcart, Crainey; Taylor-Fletcher, Vaughan, Adam, Puncheon; Beattie, Campbell.

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Gouhouri; Watson, McCarthy, Thomas; N’Zogbia, Cleverley; Rodallega.


 
DID YOU KNOW?

  • Blackpool are currently on a poor run of form, as have not recorded a win in their last five matches. They have not taken all three points at Bloomfield Road in their last three outings.
  • The meetings betweens these two sides this season are the first ones in the Premier League. They have met 32 times in their history with the Seasiders having been successful on 10 occasions, Wigan winning 13, and the remaining nine ending level.
  • Games involving the Tangerines have generated the most goals in the Premier League this season. In the 32 matches they have played, there has been 112 goals - 3.5 goals per game. Ian Holloway's men have also managed to score in every home game this season.
  • The home side are currently sixth in the half-time table. This means that if all games had ended after 45 minutes, the Seasiders would have been fighting to secure a run out in Europe.
  • Joint top scorers Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell (both with nine goals) carry the threat for Blackpool. However, Adam has not found the net since he scored a brace against Blackburn Rovers two games ago. Campbell has not scored in the last six games, but he was suspended for three of those after being sent off against Wolves.
  • Wigan Athletic have have been poor on their travels this season. They have recorded only two wins away from home through the course of their campaign, and their last victory on the road came on Boxing Day against Woves.
  • The Latics' record at Bloomfield Road is also not encouraging, as they have only won five of their 18 trips with their last win coming in 2002. That was in a League Two match, which they won 2-0.
  • Roberto Martinez’s side are currently bottom of the table, but they are only two points from safety. A win in this game could lift them out of the bottom three and dump the hosts into the relegation zone.
  • Maynor Figueroa collected his 10th booking of the season against Chelsea, and will miss the next two league matches. However, there are no inury concerns for Martinez.
  • Wigan have not scored in five of their last six matches, and pressure will be on their front men to turn their fortunes around. Top scorer Hugo Rodallega will be the man that the travelling fans will pin their hopes on, but the Colombian has not found the back of the net in the last seven games - stretching back to the start of February.

LAST MEETING

August 14, 2010: Wigan Athletic 0-4 Blackpool

These two sides met on the opening day of this season at the DW Stadium, and it was the Tangerines who surprised everybody with a thumping 4-0 victory. Gary Taylor-Fletcher opened the scoring in the 16th minute and debutant Marlon Harewood grabbed two more goals before half-time. The victory was complete when Alex Baptiste added a fourth with 15 minutes to go, and Blackpool had announced their arrival in the Premier League in sensational style.

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Players to watch

D. Campbell

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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After serving a three-match ban for his dismissal against Wolves in February, the striker returned to the starting line-up against Arsenal and he will be hoping to get back amongst the goals against Wigan.

The former Leicester City man has scored nine goals this season, and the goals he has scored have helped the Tangerines earn 15 points.

T. Cleverley

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The on-loan Manchester United midfielder is making a big impression at Wigan this season, and manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping he continues to perform and inspire the Latics to a rare away victory. He has made 19 appearances this season, scoring four goals and creating two more.

Editor's Prediction

Blackpool do not have a home record that is as strong as their exploits away from home, but they will be confident since the visitors are terrible travellers. The Tangerines will be should be able to score against the bottom club, but the challenge will be keeping out the Latics strikers. It will be nervous affair that could lead to a high scoring draw, with neither team taking a massive advantage in the battle for survival.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Blackpool

Wigan Athletic

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Blackpool FC BLA
Blackpool FC Blackpool
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
46%
43%

Top 3 Predictions

Blackpool FC BLA
9 - 9
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Blackpool FC BLA
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Blackpool FC BLA
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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