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  • January 31, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Wigan

Roberto Martinez's team travel to White Hart Lane at the foot of the table and seven points worse off than at this stage last campaign, with Spurs eight points off top spot


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Tottenham

Friedel
Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Adebayor

Wigan

Al-Habsi
Boyce, Gohouri, Caldwell, Figueroa
Watson, McArthur, McCarthy
Moses, Gomez
Sammon

Gareth Bale is expected to return from a minor thigh strain for Tottenham, who may also welcome Sandro and William Gallas back to the match-day squad following calf injuries.

As ever, you may as well toss a coin to predict the involvement of Ledley King. He was rested for the Watford FA Cup game but it may be more likely to see him emerge at Anfield on the weekend rather than at home to Wigan.

Long-term injuries rule out Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley whilst Tom Huddlestone's recovery from an ankle layoff remains a gradual process. Vedran Corluka is also ruled out.

Wigan will be without Antolin Alcaraz again after failing to recover in time from a groin strain. David Jones and Shaun Maloney however, should make themselves available for the trip to White Hart Lane, while Roberto Martinez may look to include new signing Jean Beausejour


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have lost five of their last six games in all competitions.
  • The clubs have only faced each other 14 times in their history.
  • Tottenham have scored 18 goals to Wigan's five in their league meetings at White Hart Lane.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured right) has scored all of his nine goals in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham do not have an inspiring record in games refereed by Lee Probert. They have won just two of the seven games he has officiated, including the opening day 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.
  • Wigan's 9-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in November 2009 was the heaviest in their history.
  • Though not relevant for Tuesday, Wigan have not won a home game for five months in all competitions.
  • Tottenham are nine points and two positions better off than at this stage last season.
  • Conversely, Wigan are seven points and three positions worse off after 22 games than last year.
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Odds
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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
20Michael DawsonDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
53Cameron LancasterStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

The Togolese centre-forward returned to Spurs action on Friday against Watford but spent the entire second half in a daze. Much of Tottenham's success revolves around the movement and tenacity Adebayor has shown since returning to north London and Redknapp will be hoping to get more out of him against Wigan.

Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Wigan's main threat will be Moses. The tricky winger has the advantage of being able to use either foot and his strong, pacey running style has opened up many of the Latics best chances this season. He can be guilty of selfish decision making around the opposition box and will have to be entirely focussed at White Hart Lane as Wigan will look to him for inspiration.

Prediction

Wigan won 1-0 here last season in the early stages of the campaign, a complete contrast to the 9-1 pasting they received two years ago and so will arrive with belief. Nonetheless this is a Tottenham team superior to last year's outfit, and though they could not find a winning goal against Wolves in their last home match, I don't fancy Wigan's defence to be as stout - particularly with Antolin Alcaraz missing. This is a Tottenham win for me.

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