Wigan Athletic - Villa v Latics Preview
UK time is: 06:01:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Aston Villa vs. Wigan Athletic

Villa Park



Villa v Latics Preview

A massive game for both clubs, a win for the Latics and we're out of the bottom three, a defeat for Villa following their two trouncing's against Chelsea and Spurs and it will be an uphill struggle for them to turn it around, even at this early stage

Latics are looking to get back on track, surely the squad is good enough for mid-table at least. Refereeing decisions haven't been going our way all season and have cost us games that we could have won. No good bemoaning our luck though, we have to play our way out of it

Villa will be smarting from their two spankings and will want to put a show on against us, I believe the first goal will be vitally important, if we get it then the young Villa side could crumble. Let's hope we hit the ground running this afternoon

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez

'We've had two penalties against us in two games that have undone all the hard work against teams challenging for the Champions League. We haven't been lucky at all but sometimes you have to create your own luck.

'This is the best squad Wigan have had for a long time.

'But the simple truth is we don't have the number of points we wanted at this stage of the season.'

Villa boss Paul Lambert

'Nobody likes to get beat, whether it's 8-0 or 1-0. That's football all over, you want to try and rectify it and try and win the next game.

'I'm a realist. I'm not going to sit here and bluff you or anything like that. I know what has happened.

'Don't think that it doesn't hurt because of the way I act, because it does. I just maybe don't show it.'

Aston Villa Team News:

Nathan Baker has joined Villa's list of injured players that is almost as long as the Latics

Villa from - Guzan, Clark, Bennett, Ireland, Lowton, Al Ahmadi, Westwood, Albrighton, Delph, Herd, Holman, Benteke, Given, Lichaj, Bannan, Carruthers, Bowery

Player to watch: Benteke

Looks a class player

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Alcaraz, Crusat, Miyaichi and Watson are all still out but Ivan Ramis could play some part today, dont be surprised to see him start

Latics possible - Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone

Player to watch: Shaun Maloney

Players returning to previous clubs usually make a mark

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Any Previous?

Latics and Villa have met 18 times

Latics 4 wins, Villa 8, draws 6

Last Six Meetings

25 Feb 2012 - Premier League - Latics 0 Villa 0
01 Oct 2011 - Premier League - Villa 2 Latics 0
07 May 2011 - Premier League - Villa 1 Latics 1
25 Jan 2011 - Premier League - Latics 1 Villa 2
16 May 2010 - Premier League - Latics 1 Villa 2
15 Aug 2009 - Premier League - Villa 0 Latics 2

Ref Watch:

Kevin Friend (Leicester)

Why not take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Kevin Friend Card Watch 2012/13

Games - 16, yellows - 62, reds - 2

Match Prediction:

Both head and heart are going for a 1-1, so that's what I'll plump for

Up Next:

Premier League

Latics v Manchester United
DW Stadium

FA Cup 3rd Round

Latics v AFC Bournemouth
DW Stadium

Why not have a listen to the latest podcast

In this the last recording of the year the panel is decimated by man flu, luckily Barry, Dan and Paul are on hand to carry the flag.

The podcast is longer than usual but with a lot of content to get through that isn't surprising. There are the Arsenal and Everton (12:38) reviews, dodgy ref decisions and missed opportunities. Next up is the Aston Villa preview (23:40), now this is a big game. We follow the Villa preview with looking ahead to the local derby on New Year's Day against Manchester United (33:22), we all know this game is their cup final. A nostalgic look back at 2012 (40:48) brings this week's podcast to a conclusion

If you would like to get involved in the podcast or have any topics that you'd like to be discussed please get in touch at wigan@vitalfootball.co.uk marking your email PWU Podcast

The podcast can be downloaded from itunes or via our hosting site www.buzzsprout.com or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below

All the PWU Podcast team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you so very much for your support on this project

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 29 2012

Time: 11:11AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Love a win but I'd take a draw
Report Abuse
29/12/2012 11:14:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. BrickLatic 64
2. Thorpyness 40
3. Whittleblue 28
4. worbo 27
5. nottinghamlatic 23
6. Sortitout 18
7. Oscarbon 17
8. Moonay 16
9. craig214 14
10. Martinez1986 14

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 0 - 0 Walsall
Wigan 2 - 2 Millwall
Oldham 1 - 1 Wigan
Wigan 2 - 1 Fleetwood
Port Vale 3 - 2 Wigan
Chesterfield 2 - 3 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Rochdale 11 5 2 4 3 17
7. Sheff Utd 11 5 2 4 2 17
8. Port Vale 11 4 4 3 2 16
9. Wigan 11 4 4 3 1 16
10. Colchester 11 4 4 3 -1 16
11. Southend 11 4 3 4 0 15
12. Peterborough 11 4 2 5 2 14

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

McCullough features on famous night for Northern Ireland
» Doncaster : 08/10/2015 21:52:00
Southend's JPT Ball Number Known
» Southend : 08/10/2015 20:53:01
Millwall's JPT Ball Number Known
» Millwall : 08/10/2015 20:51:00
United's JPT Ball Number Known
» Sheff Utd : 08/10/2015 20:49:01
Rochdale's JPT Ball Number Known
» Rochdale : 08/10/2015 20:47:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man Of The JPT Match v Crewe
Suggested By:  Dario Gradi
Jussi Jääskeläinen 2%
Donervon Daniels 0%
Leon Barnett 0%
Don Cowie 0%
Andy Kellett 21%
Jack Hendry 0%
Cisco Junior 14%
Max Power 0%
Yanic Wildschut 28%
Sanmi Odelusi 0%
Jordy Hiwula 35%