UK time is: 06:55:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wigan Athletic

White Hart Lane



Spurs v Latics Preview

Wigan Athletic travel to White Hart Lane this afternoon to face a Spurs side that is in fine form at the moment following a midweek trouncing of Young Boys in their Champions League qualifier whilst the Latics were in the North East beating Hartlepool 3-0.

But it`s the previous two league games that have Latics fans worried, 10 goals conceded, none scored and no points, a trend that needs to be stopped immediately and what better place to come to achieve that than the scene of last seasons most gruesome massacre.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez will no doubt be instilling into his team the need to be vigilant, especially down our left, the last time of calling Aaron Lennon ran amuck and destroyed us on his own down the side of the pitch which was usually the Latics most solid, no repeat today please.

Latics are a team without confidence, they play fine until the opposition score and then they crumble, against Blackpool in the first game that was the 6th minute, Chelsea last week the 37th minute, from now on surely we need to build from a solid back line in order to give the team something to cling to, this can be done whilst still keeping to the managers footballing philosophy, just be a little tighter at the back.

A draw today would be a fantastic result and put some of that missing confidence back in the squad, something to build on for the rest of the season, here`s hoping

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'There's always a great mood about the club after the first win of the season'

'It breathes confidence around the place and helps the players during their work through the week.

'Everyone is trying to get that opportunity to show what they can do and after the results we've had there are many places up for grabs in the team at the moment.

'It's important that the entire squad is ready and focused for what will be a like a cup-final for us going in search of our first league win of the season.'

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

'Wigan will be a real toughie'

'On the back of their first two results it's not a game I would have chosen.'

'It's so difficult when you have those bad defeats. They defended badly and I am sure they will be aware of that. Confidence is fragile and you just have to keep them believing. You know that one result can turn it for you.

'They had a result in midweek in the League Cup and he will want to build on that. But it's hard for clubs like Wigan. They lost a few players in the summer, now N'Zogbia wants to go, it ain't easy.'

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

Heurelho Gomes is out after injuring his groin in midweek, Modric is definitely missing and Defoe is doubtful, Jamie O'Hara, Jonathan Woodgate and David Bentley are all long term absentees

Spurs from:

Cudicini, King, Hutton, Bale, Kaboul, Naughton, Bassong, Dawson, Corluka, Jenas, Assou-Ekotto, Walker, Huddlestone, Rose, Lennon, Palacios, Kranjcar, Dos Santos, Crouch, Defoe, Keane, Pavyluchenko.

Player to watch: Peter Crouch

The 'lanky' one gtabbed a hat-trick in mid week and he looks to be in goal scoring form at the moment

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Gary Caldwell and Victor Moses are definitely out and Steve Gohouri is doubtful

Charles N'Zogbia may not be considered after his transfer negotiations broke down yesterday, the biggest question though is who will start in goals, out of sorts Chris Kirkland or Ali Al-Habsi.

Latics from:

Kirkland, Al-Habsi, Gohouri, Stam, Boyce, Alcaraz, Diame, McArthur, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Thomas, Rodallega, Boselli, Gomez, Golobart, S Caldwell, N'Zogbia

Player to watch: Mauro Boselli

Will our Argentine hot shot get a chance this week to get off the mark?

Any Previous?

Latics and Spurs have faced each other on 11 previous occasions, Latics have 1 win, Spurs 6, draws 4.

Last Six Meetings

21/02/2010 - Premier League - Latics - Spurs 3
22/11/2009 - Premier League - Spurs 9 Latics 1
11/01/2009 - Premier League - Latics 1 Spurs 0
02/01/2009 - FA Cup - Spurs 3 Latics 1
21/09/2008 - Premier League - Spurs 0 Latics 0
19/04/2008 - Premier League - Latics 1 Spurs 1

Ref Watch:

Phil Dowd (Staffs)

Check out our excellent `Meet the Ref` article

Match Prediction:

Head says 3-0 Spurs win

Heart says 1-0 Latics win

I'm going with my heart

Up Next:

Premier League
Latics v Sunderland
Saturday 11/09/10
3 pm

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

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 28 2010

Time: 11:39AM

Your Comments

C'mon lads, 1-0 dont care how we get it
You can dream worbo...!
Looks like I'm in dreamland then whooopeeeee
Congrats guys. Well played.
Swede Spur
Chelsea fan here. Well got to admire your fighting spirit. last 3 games in the league you were absolutely spanked 16 conceded non scored. And were playing in the ground where you were thumped 9-1 last season. Now to win there is absolutely incredible. This is why we love PL. All the best for rest of the season.
Keyser Soze
Thanks people
I hold my hands up here, on another vital wigan page i mocked the author for saying he fancied wigan to snatch a sneaky 1-0. Well done that man!!!. Well done on the win yeah, even though you parked a stolen bus and your own infront of our goal for most of the game :)
Thanks Himwhatwhats, I hope I can get a few more correct, I just might start having a flutter...on second thoughts thats when it all goes pear shaped

Have Your Say

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

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Latics Hero Ben Watson Back In Action (Thursday November 27 2014)

Wigan Athletic - The FAB Club (Wednesday November 26 2014)

Football Aid 2015 - Play at the DW Stadium! (Wednesday November 26 2014)

Can We Now Get Back To Normal? (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Door Open For Grant Holt Return? (Tuesday November 25 2014)

What The Bosses Said - Latics 1 Boro 1 (Monday November 24 2014)

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. Whittleblue 215
2. worbo 150
3. scotdave 137
4. hindleymonwafc 134
5. russialatic 128
6. Pauvre Jean 119
7. Jonny_SuffolkLatic 116
8. albert jckson 97
9. Oscarbon 96
10. loudmouthblue 91

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan
Brighton 1 - 0 Wigan
Wigan 3 - 3 Fulham
Derby County 1 - 2 Wigan
Wigan 0 - 0 Millwall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18
21. Rotherham 18 4 6 8 -10 18
22. Wigan 18 3 8 7 -4 17
23. Bolton 17 5 2 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 17 1 4 12 -18 7

Breaking League News

Phelan: It's A Great Opportunity
Norwich : 28/11/2014 06:00:00
Away attendance tracker to be used for Forest trip
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 21:08:00
BWFC: Three Years On
Bolton : 27/11/2014 21:00:00
LUFC Leeds United v Derby County Team News
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:55:00
Former players shipped out on loan deadline day
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Boro
Suggested By:  Colin Crompton
Scott Carson 3%
Emmerson Boyce 0%
Ivan Ramis 3%
Leon Barnett 0%
Andrew Taylor 0%
Chris McCann 39%
Adam Forshaw 10%
Roger Espinoza 3%
Shaun Maloney 42%
Callum McManaman 0%
Marc-Antoine Fortune 0%