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Wigan Athletic vs. Blackburn Rovers

DW Stadium

5/02/11

3pm

Latics v Rovers Preview

Win, win, win, this seems to be a word that is missing from the Latics vocabulary at the moment, if ever it was to find its way back in the language spoken at the DW Stadium today is the day when that needs to happen

Eleven draws this season tell their own story as to why Roberto Martinez finds his team in the bottom three, six of those draws have come at home, if half of those had been wins, Liverpool, Sunderland and Fulham spring to mind, then we`d be looking at today`s game in a totally different light.

With a run of tough games approaching three points is essential from this game, it will be anything but easy against a Rovers side that have found good form under Steve Kean.

When Sam Allardyce was sacked many tipped Rovers for relegation but Kean has turned the club around and they now sit in 9th spot in the table.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

"They are a team that plays with real confidence and they want to get on the ball

"The strengths that they had at the start of the season are still there, deadball situations with kicks and free-kicks from Robinson, Pederson and the long throws, so we`ll have to be aware."


Rovers striker Jason Roberts:

'I know Wigan are having a hard time at the moment and I do have really big feelings for the club.

'I wouldn't want to be in a position where I could be in a position to hurt their season.

'What happened at Wigan was special and will probably never happen for me again in the way it did there.

'It was a special time and special people 'It is a club I will always have feelings for.'


Wigan Athletic Team News:

A mini defensive crisis, Gary Caldwell, Maynor Figueroa and Antolin Alcaraz all extremley doubtful. Tom Cleverley still not ready for a return.

Latics from:

Al-Habsi, Boyce, Steven Caldwell,Gohouri, Figueroa; Diame, McCarthy; N'Zogbia, Watson, Rodallega; Di Santo, Pollitt, Stam, Gomez, Moses, McArthur, Thomas, Lopez, McManaman, Sammon


Player to watch: Hugo Rodallega

Hugo needs to find some composure in front of goal if we are to start taking some of the many chances that are being created


Courtesy of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Phil Jones, Givet & Santa Cruz out injured, Formica and Rochina struggling for fitness.

Blackburn from:

Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Andrews, Dunn, Pedersen, Jermaine Jones, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Roberts, Diouf, Mwaruwari, Bunn, Kalinic, Grella, Hanley.

Player to watch: Hoilett

Pacey, direct and very skillful

Any Previous?

Latics and Blackburn have met 15 times previously.

Latics 2 wins, Blackburn 11, draws 2


Last Six Meeting

06/11/2010 - Premier League - Blackburn 2 Latics 1
27/01/2010 - Premier League - Blackburn 2 Latics 1
26/12/2009 - Premier League - Latics 1 Blackburn 1
26/04/2009 - Premier League - Blackburn 2 Latics 0
13/12/2008 - Premier League - Latics 3 Blackburn 0
22/03/2008 - Premier League - Blackburn 3 Latics 1

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean Wirral

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

Mike Dean Card Watch 2010/11

Games- 26, yellows - 93, reds - 4

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1

Heart says 2-0 Latics win

Up Next:

Premier League

Liverpool v Latics
Anfield
Saturday
12/02/2011
3pm

FA Cup 4th rd Replay

Latics v Bolton
DW Stadium
Wednesday
16/02/2011
19:45


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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 5 2011

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

Stick my neck out for a 2-0 Latics win
worbo
We don't usually do it in 2's worbo. If anything, a 1-0 home win it could be. I'm not putting it past there being shocks still in store this year...
robin
We went 2 goals up twice, but ended up winning by one. You were both right?
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