Birmingham Latics Preview
Latics go into the game at St.Andrews against home side Birmingham with an almost identical record to their hosts
Both teams have played 10 games with two wins, 2 draws and 6 loses, also both sides have scored 8 goals, the only statistic to separate the sides is Birmingham have conceded fewer goals, 13 to Latics 14.
Chris Hutchings and opposing manager Steve Bruce will both have identified this game as one that they can win, so hopefully there should be some attacking football on show for the fans
Both managers are under pressure, this week Latics chairman Dave Whelan came out in the press and said he wasn`t happy at the way the season had started, whilst Steve Bruce feels his job may be under threat due to Birmingham City about to get a new owner
Birmingham have lost their last three games and Latics their last four, so both sides will be looking to a turn around in form
Michael Brown is one booking away from suspension
'I cant stand watching a side that does not give 100% effort'
'Very disappointing start to the season'
'The chairman is very passionate and wears his heart on his sleeve'
'We always look to take the possitives out of games'
Birmingham City Team News:
Sebastian Larsson seems to have recovered from illness to take his place in the Birmingham midfield
Player to watch: Cameron Jerome
Birminghams leading goal scorer with 3 goals, the former Cardiff striker is a bit of an enigma but on his day can be a class act
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Former Birmingham player Mario Melchiot is expected to take up the right back spot after recovering from a thigh strain
Antonio Valencia should start on the right of midfield having trained all week without reaction to his swollen knee
Antoine Sibierski is doubtful with a sore shoulder/back
Former Birmingham striker Emile Heskey is still out with a broken foot
Player to watch: Antonio Valencia
Pacey, skillful and direct, just what the Latics have been missing these past few weeks whilst Valencias been injured
Match Facts & Stats
Last Premiership meeting at St.Andrews
Birmingham City 2-0 Latics
Scorers: Pennant 20 mins, Melchiot 33 mins
Steve Tanner (Taunton)
Refereed the Latics once already this season, the 1-0 home win against Middlebrough
Tanner Card Count:
4 matches 14 yellow 0 red
Heart says Latics 1-0
Head says 1-1
Latics Vs Chelsea
Venue - JJB
Time - 3pm
Date - Saturday 3rd November 2007