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  • May 15, 2011
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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.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
3Wayne BridgeDefender
23Jonathan SpectorMidfielder
42Jordan SpenceDefender
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
9Demba BaStriker
41Zavon HinesStriker
-Ruud BoffinGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
22Manuel Da Costa TrindadeDefender
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
40Freddie SearsStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
Players to Watch
Charles N'Zogbia
Charles N'Zogbia
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
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.
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
The sides are separated by one place and a crucial three points. Parker's return should be enough to see the gap levelled.
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