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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
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Tottenham - Wigan Preview: Latics looking for second win at White Hart Lane

Tottenham - Wigan Preview: Latics looking for second win at White Hart Lane

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The north London outfit will hope to prove too strong for the visiting Latics and clinch an important three points to stay above both Everton and Arsenal in fourth

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Friedel
Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Bale
Dempsey
Defoe
WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour
Maloney
Kone, Di Santo

Andre Villas-Boas will again be without first-choice defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Younes Kaboul (knee) with Jan Vertonghen looking likely to deputise at left-back once more, and Steven Caulker set to partner William Gallas in central defence.

England midfielder Scott Parker and Mousa Dembele provide notable midfield absentees for the hosts, while Jermain Defoe's sensational recent form up front is likely to keep Emmanuel Adebayor out of the starting line-up despite the Togolese forward recovering from a back problem.

Brad Friedel is expected to start, but is by no means guaranteed his place after Hugo Lloris' impressive mid-week display against Norwich.

Meanwhile, the visitors are likely to revert to a similar line-up that saw them conquer West Ham last weekend in the wake of their Capital One Cup humbling against Bradford.

Robert Martinez is still unable to pick Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee), but Ryo Miyaichi's return from injury could see him push for a place on the Wigan bench.

Arouna Kone's three goals so far this campaign make him odds on to partner Franco Di Santo - who recently earned his maiden call-up to the Argentina squad.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • All of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe's five Premier League goals this season have come from inside the box, with two coming from the England striker's weaker left foot. The diminutive forward also has 11 goals in 10 games against Wigan.
  • Ahead of the game, Andre Villas-Boas' Premier League win ratio stands at exactly 50% - with 63 points amassed from 36 games and a goal difference of +19.
  • Three years ago, Tottenham thrashed Wigan 9-1 at White Hart Lane, with Defoe grabbing five. Of the team that started that game for Spurs, only Defoe, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon are in contention to start this weekend's encounter.
  • The Latics have won just once in four outings at White Hart Lane in the Premier League and twice in nine league games against Spurs.
  • Franco Di Santo (pictured) was Wigan's top scorer last season with only seven goals. He has already notched three goals so far this term.
  • Wigan have conceded 16 goals in their nine games this season, including five headed goals and three converted penalties - both being the highest out of any Premier League side.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
5Michael DawsonDefender
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
-Iago FalquéStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
26Adrain LopezDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
Players to Watch
Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The American shot-stopper will be under pressure to produce his best with France captain Lloris breathing down his neck. Lloris made a costly error against Norwich in the Capital One Cup but delivered an otherwise impressive performance to remind Tottenham why they paid £12 million for him. Friedel may have a shortage of saves to make against the Latics - but anything he does do will be severely scrutinised.
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
If anyone is going to help Wigan deliver an unlikely result in North London, it could be the Ivorian. His pace and skill on the ball have bemused defenders throughout the Premier League already and the 28-year-old will fancy his chances toe-to-toe with the ageing William Gallas.
Prediction
Roberto Martinez's men will no doubt fight admirably at the Lane, but Villas-Boas's side should have too much in the end. Tottenham are only five points behind table-toppers Chelsea, and should at least maintain that gap this weekend.
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