Wigan v WBA - Saturday Six
Wigan did exceptionally well to beat Everton at the JJB Stadium earlier this week where Henri Camara netted the winner and sent the home supporters out with a positive vibe. It was a big win against a good away side.
Now Wigan must move on and try to take all three points against a Brom side who have done fairly decently but find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table and in the dreaded drop zone, a zone Tony Mowbray will want to engineer a move out of as quickly as possible and he will see this as a relegation six pointer.
Amr Zaki, it seems, isn't near to a return so Henri Camara will take his place alongside Heskey and its unlikely that Olivier Kapo will play as he was disappointing during the home win over Everton.
A disturbing fact is that Wigan have not won consecutive games for over a year and this would be a good time to break that trend. However it couldn't have come at a worse time as far as those types of stats are concerned, but nevertheless, I can't see Wigan losing this game as they'll be on a high and WBA will be on a low so perhaps Wigan will win the clash and break that trend.
This is a relegation six pointer as far as WBA are concerned - Wigan will see it merely as a chance to move up the table despite the fact relegation might be hovering ever so slightly over them. However the home win will have done the team the world of good and they can take this opportunity to move on.
West Brom have had a poor start to the season but they are not there to be underestimated and command the highest respect and I think they will give their all to an already worrying cause.
PLAYER TO WATCH (WIGAN)
Camara was the unexpected Wigan Athletic hero on Monday night and I for one especially liked Wilson and Henri's little goal celebration. More of the same, please. Henri will have a lot to prove this game, too. I think quite possibly he could score.
PLAYER TO WATCH (WEST BROM)
Might sound a strange choice but he still is a good goalkeeper and his efforts will be telling as to whether or not West Brom will survive this encounter unscathed. After Thomas Sorensen's heroics for Stoke, Carson will look for more of the same and improve his confidence.
Wigan 1 West Brom 1
Wigan haven't won two games consecutively for over a year (please break that trend Saturday, fellas) so I see this as a really tough game for both teams and Brom know the penalty of losing the game as they will remain rooted to the bottom of the table. I think Brom will get something at the JJB Stadium this weekend.
Rob's Final Thoughts
This is a massive game for both clubs and I see a draw written all over this one. Brom need the points for increasing their chances of staying up and Wigan need the points to shift away from the relegation zone and progress in the premier league table.
UP THE 'TICS!
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Until next time, best wishes from Rob.