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Wigan Athletic
vs.
Blackburn Rovers

DW Stadium

13/05/12

3:00pm

Wigan Athletic will play their 1500th game as a league club today when they face Wolves in the final game of the season at the DW Stadium, the Latics are also on 1999 goals scored, so another piece of history could be about to be written

The final home game without any pressure at all, wow, how good is that! With Premier League survival secured at Blackburn last Monday, today has a party feel about it, its all about celebration, and farewells

Latics have confirmed that stalwart Chris Kirkland will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June, if he hadn't been dogged by injuries Kirkie would have surely had an England career, he was a top keeper

Also leaving is fans favourite Hugo Rodallega, so today will be a chance to say adios to Hugo

The game itself should be an open affair, both sides have nothing but pride to play for, Wolves will be looking for their first win under caretaker boss Terry Connor, a win for the Latics will see us finish on a higher points tally than the previous season, whatever the result, let's enjoy the day

What The Boss Says:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez

'We'll obviously be trying to win the football match, but it's just as important that there is a festive atmosphere at the DW Stadium.

'We need to realise that eight seasons in the Premier League is an incredible achievement - and that goes for all the players and managers who have contributed to that.

'I want the stadium to reflect the fact we have achieved something and it will be a proud day for us all.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Former Wolves man Dave Jones is the only doubt

Latics probable - Al Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, McArthur, McCarthy, Moses, Maloney, Di Santo

Player to watch: Shaun Maloney

Since coming into the side Maloney has been brilliant

Little 'Gem' Maloney

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Wayne Hennessey is out following an operation on his injured knee, whilst defender Christophe Berra and winger Michael Kightly are doubts with respective calf and groin strains.

Sebastien Bassong, Kevin Foley (both hamstring), Matt Jarvis (groin) and David Davis (head) face fitness tests.

Wolves possible - De Vries; Stearman, Berra, Zubar, Henry, Kightly, Edward, Ward, Hunt, Fletcher, Doyle

Player to watch: Kevin Doyle

Always dangerous in front of goal

Any Previous?

Latics and Wolves have met 11 times

Latics have 5 wins, Wolves 3, draws 3

Last seven meetings

06/11/2011 - Premier League Wolves 3 Wigan 1
26/12/2010 - Premier League - Wolves 1 Wigan 2
02/10/2010 - Premier League - Wigan 2 Wolves 0
16/01/2010 - Premier League - Wolves 0 Wigan 2
18/08/2009 - Premier League - Wigan 0 Wolves 1
04/01/2005 - Championship - Wolves 0 Wigan 2
11/09/2004 - Championship - Wigan 0 Wolves 1

Ref Watch:

Michael Oliver (Northumbria)

Take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Michael Oliver Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 35, yellows - 91, reds 4

Match Prediction:

Head says 2-1 Latics win

Heart doesn't care, we've done it with a game to spare

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Premier League 2012/12

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday May 13 2012
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