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Latics v Bournemouth - Big Match Preview

Big game down at the DW Stadium this afternoon, back to league football following the break for the FA Cup last time round, Bournemouth are in town and Uwe Rosler will be hoping that his team can keep up the good form under his stewardship.

Latics sit just three points behind the last play-off spot, although there is still a very long way to go, a win today would keep us well and truly on course, Bournemouth are a tough proposition, they have already beaten us once this season, back in August, so we know that they pose a threat, but we need to start putting wins together at the DW Stadium and today is a great opportunity to get our first home win of 2014.

Rosler hasn`t been afraid to shuffle his pack, especially with the amount of games that we have been playing, but with us having had no midweek distractions and a full weeks training Id expect today's starting eleven to be what teh boss considers his strongest, barring injured players of course.

A bright day, ideal for football, I'm looking forward to an exciting contest between two sides that like to play the ball along the deck.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Uwe Rosler:

'Bournemouth's team is very established; they have played with one another for over a year and a half now under Eddie Howe.

'They are a good footballing side who are dangerous on the counter-attack and get plenty of bodies behind the ball in defence, so we can't afford to take them lightly.

'But I've always said that the game is dependent upon and what we do with the quality of players we have.

'The main focus of our play will to be attacking as always and have plenty of hunger and desire in our play. But we can`t leave ourselves as open at the back as we did against MK Dons last weekend.'

'It's been good to have a full week of preparation for the first time since I arrived, and due to the amount of games we've played over the past month, recovery has been a big part of the last six days.

'As a group we are well prepared as a result; we still have some injuries but we're getting to a position where we will have more players to select from and hopefully we`ll be bringing in some new additions over the coming weeks.'

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

'They have been excellent and their recent run of results have been very impressive'

'Uwe is very organised and has certainly motivated the squad. They look like they are an improved outfit.

'They have kept together the majority of the FA Cup-winning team and have one of the strongest squads in the league. They are now getting the results to match so it will definitely be a difficult test for us.

'Our recent form has been good and we had a really impressive performance against Brighton. But for the late goal, it would have been a great day.

'We will be looking to repeat the level of performance we displayed over the festive period because we are in good form.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Shaun Maloney, Gary Caldwell and Juan Carlos Garcia remain the long term injured, but Ben Watson, Thomas Rogne, Scott Carson, Lee Nicholls, Ivan Ramis and Nick Powell should all be nearing fitness and pushing to be included back in the squad.

Ty Browning joined on loan from Everton yesterday and he is eligible if chosen

Latics possible - Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis, Barnett, Beausejour, McArthur, McCann, Espinoza/Watson, McManaman, Gomez, Powell

Player to watch: Callum McManaman

McManaman will have a point to prove after his sending off down on the South Coast the last time the two clubs met

Macca in good form

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

AFC Bournemouth Team News:

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could be boosted by two players returning to the squad following absence through injury, Mohamed Coulibaly and Steve Cook.

AFC Bournemouth from - Camp, Francis, Ward, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, O'Kane, Pugh, Surman, Grabban, Fraser, Allsop, Addison, MacDonald, Rante, Hart, Pittman, Coulibaly, Cook

Player to watch: Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth leading goal scorer and always a threat

Any Previous?

We have played Bournemouth 39 times in all competitions, Latics 15 wins, Bournemouth 14, draws 10

Last Eight Meetings

17 Aug 2013 - Championship - AFC Bournemouth 1 Latics 0
15 Jan 2013 - FA Cup Replay - AFC Bournemouth 0 Latics 1
05 Jan 2013 - FA Cup - Latics 1 AFC Bournemouth 1
20 Sep 2005 - Carling Cup - Latics 2 AFC Bournemouth 0
39 Dec 2001 - League Division 2 - Latics 0 AFC Bournemouth 0
09 Oct 2001 - League Division 2 - AFC Bournemouth 2 Latics 0
17 Mar 2001 - League Division 2 - Latics 1 AFC Bournemouth 1
17 Oct 2000 - League Division 2 - AFC Bournemouth 0 Latics 0

Last Time Out

AFC Bournemouth 1 Latics 0
Goal scorer - Grabban 43 mins
Attendance - 9,097
Referee - Graham Scott


Bournemouth - Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Harte, Fraser (Thomas 79), MacDonald, Arter, Pugh (Elphick 90), Pitman, Grabban
Unused subs - Flahavan, Surman, O'Kane, McDermott, Stockley

Latics - Carson, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, Crainey, Watson, McArthur (McManaman 56), McCarthy, Beausejour (McClean 56), Holt (Fortune), Maloney
Unused subs - Nicholls, McCann, Gomez, Espinoza

Ref Watch:

Geoff Eltringham (Sunderland)

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

Geoff Eltringham Card Watch 2013/14

Games - 16, yellows - 60, reds - 4

Match Prediction:

Head says close game, another draw, 1-1

Heart says we'll be too strong for the Cherries, 2-0 Latics win, as always going with the heart

Up Next:

FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
MK Dons v Latics
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Doncaster Rovers v Latics
Keepmoat Stadium

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 11 2014

Time: 11:24AM

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