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Wigan Athletic
vs.
Wolverhampton Wanderers

DW Stadium

2/10/10

12:45

On Sky

Latics entertain Wolves in this afternoons early kick off with Roberto`s men looking to get their first Premier League home win of the season following three defeats and a draw at the DW Stadium.

Charles N`Zogbia is now firmly back in the starting eleven and looking to carry on his impressive form from last season, a good game today will go a long way to showing the home fans that he is happy, for the time being at least, playing for the Latics.

Goals or lack of them, are the main concern for Martinez and his side need to start scoring soon, two league goals from six games is surely a cause for concern and an emphasis on finding the back of the net is a priority.

By contrast Mick McCarthy`s team have scored in every game so far this season but have only one win when they beat Stoke on the opening day, their problem appears to be at the other end.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'I've been very impressed with Wolverhampton Wanderers this season, and the results don't reflect the work that they've done'

'They've got a tremendous team ethic, they work really hard, and then they've got real talent up front, and they can be very energetic and do the transition between defending and attacking very quickly and hurt you.

'For us, it's now just making sure that we can help ourselves, control the game, and give the level of performance that we know we are capable of.'



Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:


'I watched Wigan at Birmingham on Saturday and they are a different team to last year, away from home they were a bit more solid and workmanlike and not playing as much expansive football
.

'But they can still play football but I just think that they've got a tougher side to them and a more steely edge.

'Wigan are a good team with good players but I don't think there are any bad teams in the league to be honest.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Franco Di Santo and Tom Cleverley could both be avaialble but Gary Caldwell is still a couple of weeks away.

Latics possible:

Al-Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Thomas, Diame, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Rodallega

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia

N'Zogbia is getting his season going after 'being poorly advised' about joining Birmingham

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:

Guedioura, Hunt, Zubar are all out but Jelle van Damme is available.

Wolves from:

Hahnemann, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Craddock, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis, Jones, Stephen Ward, Elokobi, Fletcher, Doyle, Bent, Ebanks-Blake, Hennessey, Milijas, Jelle van Damme

Player to watch: Kevin Doyle

The former Reading man knows where the goals hard and he works hard running the front line

Any Previous?

Latics and Wolves have met on 10 previous occassions.

Latics 3 wins, Wolves 4, draws 3

Last Six Meetings

16/01/10 - Premier League - Wolves 0 Latics 2
18/08/09 - Premier League - Latics 0 Wolves 1
04/01/05 - Championship - Latics 2 Wolves 0
11/09/04 - Championship - Wolves 3 Latics 3
11/12/99 - FA Cup - Latics 0 Wolves 1
16/05/89 - Division 3 (old) - Latics 1 Wolves 1

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason (Bolton)

Why not take a look at our excellent Meet The Ref article

Match Prediction:

Heart says 2-1 Latics win

Head says 1-1, as always I am going with my heart

Up Next:

Premier League

Newcastle United v Latics
St. James' Park
Saturday
16/10/10
3pm

Latics v Bolton Wanderers
DW Stadium
Saturday
23/10/10
3pm


Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday October 2 2010
Time: 9:58AM

Comments

0
I'll stick my neck out, 2-1 Latis win
worbo
02/10/2010 10:00:00
0
1-1 for me
robin
02/10/2010 10:35:00
0
I thought our attendaces were poor recently but wigans oh my god what a discrace.
P.Avfc
02/10/2010 13:25:00
0
Dont really care what you think P.Avfc
worbo
02/10/2010 15:21:00
0
I'm sure our attendances will go up, given time. Great win today.
robin
02/10/2010 15:38:00
0
What's a discrace? I thought Henry's challenge was a disGrace, Gomez came down with snow on.
Springy Soul Brother
02/10/2010 15:58:00
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