Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Monday December 31 2012
Mark Lawrenson considers the New Years day fixtures, with the Latics playing Champions elect Manchester United at the DW Stadium it's an easy pick for Lawro, or so he thinks:
Wigan v Manchester United
Manchester United lost to them last season but they usually beat Wigan. The way United are at the moment I can't see them being beaten again by the Latics.
Sir Alex Ferguson rotated his team in the win over West Brom and, while they have not been great defensively, they are seven points clear at the top of the league.
Defensively they will only improve with centre-back Nemanja Vidic back, although I do think they need to make a decision about who their first-choice goalkeeper is.
Wigan played extremely well in beating Aston Villa and it was very comfortable for them.
They are not a bad side and have some good players. In games like this they normally play quite well.
If they set out and try to play United at the passing game then I would worry for them. If they try to close the space down in midfield and stop them playing, I would give them a better chance.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
Oh ye of little faith, United never do well on New Years day, something to do with birthday celebrations, 1-1 for me
To see all Lawro's predictions visit www.bbc.co.uk/lawros-punts
The latest edition of the PWU Wigan Athletic podcast is now available for download. In this the last recording of the year the panel is decimated by man flu, luckily Barry, Dan and Paul are on hand to carry the flag.
The podcast is longer than usual but with a lot of content to get through that isn't surprising. We look ahead to the local derby on New Year's Day against Manchester United (33:22), we all know this game is their cup final. A nostalgic look back at 2012 (40:48) brings this week's podcast to a conclusion
If you would like to get involved in the podcast or have any topics that you'd like to be discussed please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org marking your email PWU Podcast
The podcast can be downloaded from itunes or via our hosting site www.buzzsprout.com or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below
All the PWU Podcast team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you so very much for your support on this project
Latics and Proud
Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan
To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site
Date:Monday December 31 2012
Chris McCann Voted Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Burton (Friday November 27 2015)
Early Team News - Southend United v Latics (Friday November 27 2015)
Southend United v Latics - Big Game Preview (Friday November 27 2015)
What The Bosses Say - Southend v Latics (Friday November 27 2015)
Sam Cosgrove Joins Chorley On Month Loan Deal (Friday November 27 2015)
12th Man - It's How We Respond That Counts (Friday November 27 2015)
Latics Youngster Moves To Wrexham On Loan (Thursday November 26 2015)
Any Previous? Southend United v Latics (Thursday November 26 2015)
Meet The Ref - Southend United v Latics - Keith Stroud (Thursday November 26 2015)
Dan's Big Game Report - Latics 0 Burton 1 (Wednesday November 25 2015)
|Davis must decide on striker
» Crewe : 27/11/2015 22:46:01
|Chris McCann Voted Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Burton
» Wigan : 27/11/2015 22:46:01
|Early Team News - Southend United v Latics
» Wigan : 27/11/2015 22:35:00
|Southend United v Latics - Big Game Preview
» Wigan : 27/11/2015 22:26:00
|Local Derby The Biggest Game Of The Season
» Blackpool : 27/11/2015 19:01:00