UK time is: 02:40:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Villa Vs Wigan: The Martinez Era Begins!

It doesn't seem two minutes ago since Wigan beat Portsmouth 1-0 at the JJB Stadium but now, Wigan have a new manager, a new stadium and a new squad. We've lost some assets over the summer but we've also gained some fair assets as well - let's hope they all live up to their reputations.

Interestingly, Wigan have never won a game at the beginning of the season and Villa have never beaten Wigan - one of those odds could change today and I think, if anything, it might swing the way of Aston Villa. I fear they might have too much for Wigan today, but that said, the Latics have a hunger to impress Roberto Martinez and he'll want a good start to EPL life.

Wigan face Emile Heskey, who is a good player but will he score against his old club? You can count on it. More or less always happens but Villa's front line is frightening and I think that they will cause us big problems - Titus Bramble et al will need to be in good form.

That said, Wigan have a great forward line in Rodallega and Scotland. They are threats in different ways. Hugo because of his pace, skill and fierce free kicks and Scotland as he causes menace wherever he goes. I think he can cut it one, perhaps, last time at the top level. Maybe this is his bowing out season.

ROB'S PREDICTION

===============

It's good to be back in the hot seat again doing the predictions. O'Neill's men are a very tough prospect and it could swing either way based on statistics. I just think Villa have the edge over Wigan here but a loss here wouldn't be a terrible result as long as we get something against Wolverhampton Wanderers. I think the Latics will put a show up though for Martinez to try and cement their first team place and try to impress. I think it will be tight though.

Aston Villa 1 Wigan 0

ROB'S FINAL THOUGHTS

===================

Despite all the doom mongers around, I am predicting a reasonable finish for the Latics this season. I'm going to say 14th. That'd be a respectable finish and the transfer window isn't even closed yet. More quality to come, I think.

OTHER PREDICTED RESULTS

======================

Chelsea 5 Hull 0

B> Blackburn 1 Man City 2

B> Bolton 1 Sunderland 2

B> Portsmouth 1 Fulham 2

B> Stoke 1 Burnley 0

B> Wolves 1 West Ham 1

B> Everton 0 Arsenal 1

B> Man Utd 0 Birmingham 0

B> Tottenham 1 Liverpool 0

Just got a feeling there could be a big surprise at Old Trafford as they never start well, Manchester United. No doubt they're quality, but will they stutter again? I think they may take a while to adapt to their changes and Birmingham have nothing to lose and without the threat of Ronaldo, have a bit less to fear so I think this will be a good played game of Footy.

UP THE LATICS!!!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Robin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 11:46AM

Your Comments

good luck Martinez
lathamwafc
god, it feels like years since that game. we've sold, released, and failed to resign countless players. Our potential takover has frisbeed between going to give us 500billion to Al Fahim not being able to afford us. God knows what's going to happen for us... but good luck Martinez.
pompeycarpet
yesss 2-0
lathamwafc
well done folks, well deserved, good bright manager you have there, hope you do well this season, the first goal was great. Our lot... that is a different matter.
the fear
Excellent result!
robin
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 168
2. loudmouthblue 110
3. russialatic 96
4. Thorpyness 91
5. hindleymonwafc 84
6. Pauvre Jean 75
7. riddy 54
8. Whittleblue 54
9. SwindonLatic 53
10. Lazysid 53

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 0 Blackpool
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Wigan 0 - 0 Millwall
Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich
Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15
18. Millwall 13 3 5 5 -3 14
19. Wigan 13 2 6 5 -2 12
20. Brighton 13 2 6 5 -3 12
21. Birmingham 13 2 5 6 -8 11
22. Fulham 13 3 2 8 -9 11

Breaking League News

The Reds unbolt the Trotters.
Charlton : 22/10/2014 23:06:00
LUFC Who should replace Doukara in attack?
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 21:26:00
LUFC Cellino backs defender in race row
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:50:00
LUFC Young defender wants a run in the side
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:33:00
Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Review
Brentford : 22/10/2014 20:29:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Millwall
Suggested By:  Roy Cropper
Scott Carson 7%
James Tavernier 35%
Ivan Ramis 5%
Leon Barnett 0%
Maynor Figueroa 17%
William Kvist 5%
Adam Forshaw 11%
Shaun Maloney 5%
James McClean 5%
Marc-Antoine Fortune 5%
Oriol Riera 5%