Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Wigan prepare to entertain Fulham at the JJB Stadium in what really is a must win game for the Latics to keep any hope of a European spot alive. Everton must do the same thing against Bolton, also, to ensure they stay on the right track for a European place.
The Latics are strong at home but Fulham will be tough to break down. I think that this game will be a draw. I can't see Wigan beating Fulham because they've proven to be a tough nut to crack away from home with strong sides incapable of breaking them down, which credit must go to Roy Hodgson for.
Wigan's home record is good however, but that said, I still think we'll find Fulham a tough outfit because they're playing for the same things we are - all the signs for me point to a draw because Fulham could be in with a shout of a European place as well if they won at the JJB Stadium but they've never won at the JJB and hopefully, that record will continue today.
WIGAN PLAYER TO WATCH: HUGO RODALLEGA
The colombian will be eager to open his account for the Latics today but only if he manages to play. Its likely Zak will partner Mido up front but if Hugo gets any time on the field, he'll be determined to make it count with a first premier league goal.
FULHAM PLAYER TO WATCH: ANDY JOHNSON
This guy has proven to be a constant thorn in Wigan's side in previous meetings for different teams. Wigan will need to keep the lad at bay and hopefully, Titus and Emmerson will be able to handle the tricky striker.
Wigan 0 Fulham 0
I can see this being a goalless draw but a point is better than nothing and hopefully, as it has been notioned, fatigue will be Everton's downfall and they'll draw with Bolton but it'd be lovely if Bolton beat them.
However, Wigan have not scored many goals of late, just the one against Liverpool but we have met some tough opposition so that can be forgiven. Will today be the day the Latics get back on track? I hope so but I still see a draw.
ROB'S FINAL THOUGHT
Do Wigan have enough to make Europe? I don't think Wigan will this season though I expect a good finish from our side. I think that Arsenal and Everton may pip us this time but it'd be an achievement in itself to finish in the top half of the table and finally, the pundits may begin to take us seriously at last.
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
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