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  • May 15, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - West Ham United

Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - West Ham United

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Avram Grant's side hanging by a thread above trap door to the Championship while Latics look to gain victory that could secure their top-flight status for another season


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wigan Athletic (4-3-3):
Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Cleverley, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
Latics' boss Roberto Martinez will have his fingers crossed that midfield battler Mohamed Diame passes a late fitness test. If the Frenchman returns to the starting side, expect Tom Cleverley to revert back to his position as part of a front-three with Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia.
West Ham United (4-4-2):
Green; Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge; Sears, Hitzlsperger, Spector, Boa Morte; Ba, Cole.
Hammers manager Avram Grant will have his fingers crossed that talisman Scott Parker will be available after a damaging absence with an Achilles injury. The spine of the struggling side will further be improved if first choice centre-back pair Matthew Upson and James Tomkins also return from their spells on the sidelines.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • If West Ham (33 points) lose on Sunday, they will be unable to catch 17th placed Wolverhampton Wanderers (37 points) and will be relegated to the Championship.
  • If West Ham beat Wigan, Blackpool fail to win and Wolves, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers all lose, then Wigan and West Ham will be two of six teams fighting for survival in the final game of the season.
  • In 17 meetings in all competitions, Wigan have won five, West Ham have won 10 and there have been two draws.
  • West Ham's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers last weekend (pictured right) ended a run of five consecutive league losses.
  • Wigan's last four league games have produced an aggregate score of 7-7.

Players to watch

C. N'Zogbia

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Wigan's strikers have failed to bother the goalscoring sheet all term and it has been left to Charles N'Zogbia to step in. The Frenchman has scored in his last two games, and dead leg or not, a third consecutive strike could go a long way to sealing his side's top-flight status.

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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West Ham's recent catastrophic slump began with Scott Parker in the team but has unquestionably got worse in his absence. If the Professional Football Writers' Footballer of the Year can declare himself fit for the weekend's do or die clash, the Hammers stand a great chance of winning the midfield battle.

Editor's Prediction

The sides are separated by one place and a crucial three points. Parker's return should be enough to see the gap levelled.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

West Ham United

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
38%
32%
30%

Top 3 Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
9 - 9
West Ham United FC WHU
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU

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