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Played
May 19, 2013 4:00 PM BST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 23001‎
 
45+2′ (OG) Nathan Baker
Ron Vlaar 60′

Wigan - Aston Villa Preview: Visitors have won 65% of their points against bottom-half sides

Defeat at Arsenal means that Roberto Martinez's men are already relegated, leaving the Villans to rest easy as they visit the DW Stadium without talisman Christian Benteke

By Al Hain-Cole

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Joel
Alcarez, Caldwell, Scharner
Boyce, McCarthur, McCarthy, Espinoza
Maloney, Kone, Gomez

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett
Sylla, Westwood, Delph
 N'Zogbia
, Weimann, Agbonlahor


Callum McmManaman (ankle) has been ruled out for three months after being stretchered from the field against Arsenal, and his absence may force Jordi Gomez further forward, with captain Gary Caldwell returning in the centre of defence.

Jean Beausejour (hamstring) is back in contention, while the injured Maynor Figueroa (groin) may have played his last game for the relegated club, with his contract expiring in the summer.

Ronnie Stam (ankle), Ivan Ramis (anterior cruciate ligament) and Mike Pollitt (hip) also remain on the sidelines for the Latics.

Top goalscorer Christian Benteke is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea, meaning Charles N'Zogbia may come into the front three, with Andreas Weimann taking a central role.

Alternatively, Darren Bent could be in line for just his eighth Premier League start of the season, and his first since January.

Matt Lowton (hip), Ciaran Clark (ankle) and Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) are all back in contention after missing out last week.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have failed to win any of their last six Premier League home games against Aston Villa, losing four and drawing two.
  • Having won 3-0 at Villa Park, the Latics can add Paul Lambert's men to Reading as the only sides they have beaten home and away this season with three points on Sunday.
  • Should Villa at the DW Stadium, they will have suffered more defeats than in any previous Premier League season, beating 2002-03's tally of 17.
  • Lambert's side have won 26 of their 40 points (65%) against other sides in the bottom half of the league this season.
  • The Villans are without Christian Benteke, who has scored or assisted 51% of Villa’s goals over the course of the season - the highest proportion for any player at any Premier League club.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored six goals and assisted one in his last eight games, and faces a Wigan side against whom he has scored more Premier League goals (5) than any side other than Everton (7).


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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Román GolobartDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
14Jordi GómezMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
28Daniel RedmondDefender
-Eduard CampabadalDefender
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
27Jordan MustoeMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
3Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
18Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
22Gary GardnerMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
Players to Watch
James McCarthy
James McCarthy
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
30 0 4 0
The highly rated midfielder will be the Latics' most in-demand asset when the vultures start to circle over the relegated club, with a string of big-name teams said to be forming a queue for his signature. The 22-year-old provides a driving force in the centre of the park, and will be keen to put himself firmly in the shop window in his last Premier League game for Wigan.
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
22 3 0 0
Christian Benteke's magnificent season has thrilled everyone associated with Villa apart from Darren Bent, who has been consigned to the sidelines under Paul Lambert. The big Belgian's suspension gives Bent a chance to remind potential suitors of the natural goalscoring ability that has seen him bag over 100 Premier League goals, with a move in the summer now almost a foregone conclusion.
Prediction
Two of the worst defences in the division collide in a game robbed of any tension by Wigan's defeat at Arsenal, meaning an open game should provide the DW Stadium faithful with a few goals to remember the Premier League by.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 2
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