Date:Wednesday December 22 2010
Wolverhampton Wanderers got themselves a very good win over Birmingham City recently and will be looking to improve upon that with a victory over Wigan Athletic. However, despite history being on the home side's favour in that they have a better record against Wigan, Wigan Athletic managed to secure a 2-0 victory over Wolves last year with goals courtesy of James McCarthy and Charles N'Zogbia.
Make no mistake about it, this is one of the most toughest games that the Latics might ever have to face in the Premier League in their six year tenure. Wolverhampton Wanderers aren't an easy team to play against yet they have hardly inspired much at home, despite a valiant victory over Man City.
Interestingly, Wigan have got a great boxing day record and will want to win this game. Last year, Wigan drew their home clash with Blackburn but this is a game they can't afford to do the same thing in. Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia will be the most creative attacking threats in the side and Roberto Martinez has said they are going nowhere in January and that'll be great news for the Spaniard.
The transfer window will be interesting in that I think we definitely need another striker and someone who can score from midfield besides Charles N'Zogbia. There isn't enough goal threat in the team and this needs to be addressed in January and perhaps a good centre back to compliment Alcaraz, though Emmerson Boyce is now reportedly fit for duty, which is a boost to Martinez.
The pressure's on both sides going into this clash and I think that this is a clash where 2 goals will be scored, both by Wigan Athletic. One by Charles N'Zogbia and the other by Hugo Rodallega. Wolves will be a tough opposition, no doubt as Mick McCarthy always has a team out on the field to stifle the opponent and attack where available but I think this will be Wigan Athletic's day and it needs to be.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Wigan Athletic
ROB'S OTHER PREDICTIONS
Fulham V West Ham - This is a massive, massive, massive, massive game. Its also on the television. I think that quite possibly, Fulham and West Ham will battle out a draw as neither will want to lose. 0-0
Blackburn V Stoke - Blackburn are a good home team but Stoke are stubborn opponents. Draw. 1-1
Blackpool V Liverpool - Liverpool need to win to have any chance of making strides toward the top four. Bloomfield Road has been a pretty difficult place to go but I think it'll be a single goal advantage for the visitors. 0-1
Bolton V West Brom - Both have had successful seasons and Bolton will want to improve upon their loss at the Stadium Of Light against an up and down West Brom side. I think Bolton will narrowly beat West Brom by 1 goal. 1-0
Everton V Birmingham - Everton's home record is poor but they won at Eastlands - Birmingham are no masters of away travels. A difficult one to predict but I'm going to go for a single goal to Everton. 1-0
Man Utd V Sunderland - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has never beaten Alex Ferguson. I think that Man Utd will have too much for Sunderland in this game. 2-0
Newcastle V Man City - City are an good side and Newcastle are dogged fighters, but I think that Man City will be too much for Newcastle. 1-3
Aston Villa V Tottenham - Tottenham are a very good side under Harry Redknapp and at times, Aston Villa have failed to convince me. I see a narrow away win for Champions League hopefuls Tottenham, but they'll concede. 1-2
Arsenal V Chelsea - I think the Gunners will get gunned down by their old friend, Didier Drogba. I don't think it'll be a cricket score as one might argue it has been in the past, but I see the Blues getting their season back on track. 0-2
ROB'S FINAL THOUGHT
Wins for Wigan and Huddersfield over Christmas would be the perfect Christmas, sport-wise.
Date:Wednesday December 22 2010
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