Latics v Wolves Preview
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
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
Michael Oliver (Northumbria)
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Michael Oliver Card Watch 2011/12
Games - 35, yellows - 91, reds 4
Head says 2-1 Latics win
Heart doesn't care, we've done it with a game to spare