Latics v Baggies Preview
Wigan Athletic entertain West Brom today hoping to build on Wednesday nights performance against Liverpool when the Latics were unlucky not to have taken all three points.
Latics find themselves in the bottom three but just 6 points behind 5th placed side Newcastle, a couple of wins and you are flying up the table, showing how tight the league is this season.
In the Baggies ranks today is old favourite Paul Scharner who had an eventful four and a half years at the Latics, I am sure he will get a rousing reception and quite a bit of stick, good natured of course, from the home fans.
West Brom have started the season well and spent time challenging for a top four spot beating Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates, so todays game will be a tough one, no doubt about that, but their form has dipped over the last three games and Latics need to get at them from the start.
What The Bosses Say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
'West Brom have come up full of excitement, with no fear and they know what they are good at.
'They play the game the right way. They want to control games. They treat the ball well and have four or five outstanding young players.
'They have had a little blip but I expect them to have a great season.'
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo:
'They are a good side
'I like the way they play.
'There are a lot of similarities in what they are trying to do and what we are trying to do.
'It's going to be an interesting game because I think we have a similar philosophy in the way we want to play football.'
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Steve Gohouri returns from his one match ban and will be pushing for a start, Emmerson Boyce and James McCarthy are both injured.
Al Habsi, G Caldwell,. Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, N'Zogbia, Diame, Cleverley, Gomez, Moses, Thomas, Rodallega, Di Santo, Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, McArthur, S Caldwell, Gohouri.
Player to watch: Tom Cleverley
It will be interesting to see if the young midfield man keeps his place after a great performance against Liverpool, a run in the side will do him a world of good
West Bromwich Albion Team News:
West Brom from:
Carson, Ibanez, Cech, Tamas, Thomas, Barnes, Scharner, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Cox, Reid, Odemwingie, Fortuné, Myhill, Zuiverloon, Tchoyi, Shorey
Player to watch: Paul Scharner
Just has to be Scharner, is he destined to score against us today?
Latics and West Brom have met on 13 previous occasions.
Latics have 5 wins, West Brom 6, draws 2
Last Six Meeting
09/05/09 - Premier League - West Brom 3 Latics 1
29/11/08 - Premier League - Latics 2 West Brom 1
15/01/06 - Premier League - Latics 0 West Brom 1
10/09/05 - Premier League - West Brom 1 Latics 2
16/03/04 - Championship - West Brom 2 Latics 1
16/09/03 - Championship - Latics 1 West Brom 0
Selected odds from Coral:
Latics to win: 7/5
West Brom to win: 15/8
Rodallega to score: 11/8
Odemwingie to score: 11/5
Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)
Card Watch: Games 13, yellows 50, reds 5
Why not take a look at our excellent `Meet The Ref` article
Head says 1-1 draw
Heart says 2-1 Latics win, as always going with the heart