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Wigan Athletic vs. Aston Villa

JJB Stadium, Robin Park

26/10/08

3 pm

Latics Vs Villa Preview

Wigan Athletic go into todays game with Aston Villa very much needing to halt a trend. With two consecutive defeats, Boro at home and Liverpool away, the Latics will want to find their winning formula again.

Past games against Villa have usually been quite exciting and the Latics have had the better results with 3 wins to Villas 1 of the 6 games played in the Premier League so heres hoping.

Latics will be without Antonio Valencia for the game, which is a massive blow, but welcome back Emile Heskey who has recovered from his hamstring injury and will take his place alongside the fantastic Amr Zaki in the home attack.

This means that Daniel DeRidder more than likely will keep his place on the right of Latics midfield, he has asked for a run in the side and now he`s getting one so lets see what he`s got.

The weather forecast for this afternoon is dry but with the amount of rain that`s fallen in the past 24 hours the pitch will be very greasy and should make for a fast game, lets hope for a Latics win and we will be able to get the show back on the road with two more winnable games coming up at Fulham and Portsmouth in the next seven days the season could start here.

What the bosses say

Latics boss Steve Bruce:

'Every game we've lost has been by the odd goal and we've lost two in the last few minutes.

'That's the biggest kick in the teeth you can get. To play well in a game and get beaten in the last minute - there's nothing worse. We didn't deserve to lose against Middlesbrough and, in my opinion, we didn't deserve to lose against Liverpool.

'But if we keep playing the way we're playing and show the same enthusiasm and determination, I'm sure we can turn it around.'

Villa boss Martin O'Neill:

'Wigan are very, very strong and they are a good football side. They have caused every single team in this league plenty of problems.

'You are not surprised by them anymore. I just think Wigan are excellent.

'They beat us here at Villa Park in our final home game of the season. They played exceptionally well in a match they needed something from. Obviously when the chips are down, they can come out fighting. '

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Emile Heskey is back after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up on international duty

Antonio Valencia misses the game due to suspension, Erik Edman is just quite not ready following his 10 month lay-off

Latics from:

Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Cattermole, Palacios, Kapo, Heskey, Zaki, Brown, Camara, De Ridder, Kilbane, Koumas, Kupisz, Scharner, Taylor, Pollitt, Kingson.

Player to watch: Amr Zaki

Following his majestic performance last week at Anfield what next from Africas top player

Aston Villa Team News:

Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt after picking up an injury in Thursdays UEFA cup match against Ajax whilst John Carew could miss due to feeling tired, erm hum.

Villa from:

Friedel, L Young, Davies, Cuellar, Knight, Laursen, Shorey, Milner, Barry, Petrov, Reo-Coker, A Young, Gardner, Carew, Agbonlahor, Harewood, Guzan, Sidwell, Routledge, Osbourne.

Player to watch: Gabriel Agbonlahor

Always has a good game against the Latics big, powerful, fast and young

Any Previous?

Latics first played the Villa back in 1981 in a League Cup game at Springfield Park

Villa were league champions and about to win the European Cup but the latics played exceptionally well and were only defeated by a late penalty to go out of the competition 1-2

Last Season

Latics 1-2 Aston Villa
29th December 2007
Referee Howard Webb

All league fixtures

Latics 3 wins, Villa 1, Draws 2

Ref Watch:

Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Card Watch

Games - 1

Yellows - 1

Reds - 0

Mike Jones' only previous Premier League game this season was Latics 5-0 away drubbing of Hull City, lets hope thats an omen

Match Prediction:

Heart says 3-1 Latics win

Head says 1-1 draw

Up next

Fulham Vs Latics
Wednesday
29/10/08

Portsmouth Vs Latics
Saturday
1/11/08




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Date:Sunday October 26 2008

Time: 9:15AM

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