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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Wigan Athletic

Molineux

26/12/10

3pm

Wolves v Latics Preview

Latics travel to Wolves today looking for the win that could lift them out of the bottom three, but with both Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa adding to the missing list, it will make things just a little tougher.

Thomas has been excellent so far this season and he will be sorely missed, whilst Figueroa is the only recognised left back that is at the club so someone, more than likely Steve Gohouri, will have to `fill in`

Good news is that Tom Cleverley has been declared fit and he`ll take his place in the starting line up but Gary Caldwell might not be risked.

Last time out Latics fought for a 0-0 draw at Everton and could have snatched the game but for a super save from Tim Howard in the last few minutes

Wolves beat Birmingham at home in their last outing, but they are on a run that has seen them lose seven of their previous nine games and they know that they are in a fight for survival.

Whatever happens today won`t be the end for either club, Mick McCarthy says, 'no one gets relegated on Boxing Day`, he`s right, but a victory wouldn`t half be a great moral boosting win that could just see the New Year coming in on a much more positive note, let`s hope that it`s the Latics that are feeling up beat come 5pm.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'Wolves are a team we know well and we've had some very intense encounters with them over the last two seasons.

'There is a tremendous unity and spirit about Mick McCarthy's side which reflects in their play. In their last game they earned a very good victory against rivals Birmingham City and I think the performances they've produced this season does not reflect where they find themselves in the league right now.

'There is huge significance over the points on offer and you're going see two sides with a clear intention of going out there to win the game surrounded by an electric atmosphere at Molineux.'


Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:

'Wigan will probably play 4-3-3 and will be good technically keeping the ball and passing it well.

'Tom Cleverley, N'Zogbia and Rodallega are a good front three and elsewhere they are more robust than they have been.

'They could have nicked it at Everton when they had a really good chance in the last minute.

'Roberto has done very well, starting off at Swansea where he built a terrific football team and it's the same at Wigan.

'And he's adapted like we all have to do when you go into the league and can't just carry on doing what you did before.

'It's not just the free-flowing football but Wigan are also tougher this year and harder to beat.'

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:

Kevin Doyle, Michael Mancienne, Adlene Guedioura, Michael Kightly and Jody Craddock are all out.

Matt Jarvis, David Jones and Steven Mouyokolo are doubts.

Wolves from:

Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Elokobi, Foley, Edwards, Milijas, Hunt, Ward, Ebanks-Blake, Hahnemann, Fletcher, Mujangi-Bia, Jarvis, Jones, Mouyokolo, Ebanks-Landell, Winnall, Rooney, Doherty.


Player to watch: Steven Hunt

One player who always gets 'stuck in'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

James McCarthy, Victor Moses and Franco Di Santo injured, Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas suspended, Gary Caldwell and Tom Cleverley should be fit to return, Emmerson Boyce 50/50

Latics probable:

Al-Habsi, Stam, S. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri, McArthur, Diame, Watson, Cleverley, N'Zogbia, Rodallega

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia

This is a game where we'll need Charlie to step up

Courtesy of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Any Previous?

Latics and Wolves have met 11 times

Latics 4 wins, Wolves 4, draws 3

Last Six Meetings

02/10/2010 - Premier League - Latics 2 Wolves 0
16/01/2010 - Premier League - Wolves 0 Latics 2
18/08/2009 - Premier League - Latics 0 Wolves 1
04/01/2005 - Championship - Latics 2 Wolves 0
11/09/2004 - Championship - Wolves 3 Latics 3
11/12/1999 - FA Cup - Latics 0 Wolves 1

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean (Wirral)

Why not take a look at our excellent `Meet the Ref` article

Mike Dean Card Watch

Games - 19, yellows - 73 - reds - 3

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1

Heart says 2-1 Latics win

As always going with the heart

Up Next:

Premier League

Latics v Arsenal
DW Stadium
Wednesday
29/12/10
7:45pm

Latics v Newcastle United
DW Stadium
Sunday
2/01/11
4pm


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