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Bolton Wanderers vs. Wigan AThletic

Reebok Stadium, Horwich



Latics over the border

Steve Bruce takes his Wigan Athletic team the short distance over the border to Horwich today to face local rivals Bolton Wanderers in a vital game for both clubs.

With Latics sitting next to bottom of the table it`s a game that they simply cant afford to lose, and another battling performance similar to last weeks against Manchester City is required.

Bolton have climbed out of the bottom three following the appointment of the tactical genius that is Gary Megson to the boss` chair at the Reebok

When Megson took over the fans were not too pleased, but he has got the team back to basics and they have put together some surprisingly good results, an away draw at Bayern Munich, their last home league game they beat Manchester United and on Thursday they became the first English club to win at Red Star Belgrade.

On the other side they got trounced 4-0 at Anfield where they looked like a school team and they needed a 93rd minute goal to snatch a home draw against some Greek side that even the Greeks haven`t heard of.

With just two places and two points separating the clubs this is very much a six pointer, a win for Horwich RMI and they are 5 points ahead of us, a win for the Latics and its leapfrog time

Steve Bruce will have drummed into the side the importance of the games leading up to Christmas and taking points off those in and around the relegation places is vital if we are to survive this season

Vital Quotes:

Steve Bruce

'We've had a few tussles over the years, and he's won a few and I've won a few. It's been enjoyable.

'Whenever you face one of Gary's teams you know they will be well organised, hard to beat and very hard working.

'To be fair to Gary, he has gone in there and shook them up a bit and got them playing the way he wants to play.'

'Our immediate aim is to get out of the bottom three because we have been marooned down there for a few weeks'

Gary Megson

'Each side we name has got to put in that kind of effort, honesty and drive.

'If we continue to do that, then hopefully we can achieve our target of making the top ten.

'We have a nice problem when it comes to selection after the result in Belgrade on a paddy field.'

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

They will have all their Prima Donnas available after leaving them behind following their trip to Belgrade

Horwich Rmi from:

Jaaskelainen, Al Habsi, Hunt, A O'Brien, Meite, Cid, Gardner, Giannakopoulos, Guthrie, McCann, Nolan, Alonso, Speed, Teymourian, Wilhelmsson, Davies, Anelka, Diouf, Samuel, Al Habsi, Michalik, Braaten.

Player to watch: Anelka

The one Bolton player with class

Wigan AThletic Team News:

Mario Melchiot is suspended following his sending off last week, Emile Heskey trained all week so should be included in the starting eleven

Latics from:

Kirkland, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Cotterill, Sibierski, Landzaat, Scharner, Skoko, Koumas, Brown, Taylor, Bent, Heskey, Valencia, Aghahowa, Pollitt, Hall, Olembe.

Player to watch: Heskey

Another big performance expected from the big guy

Match Facts & Stats

This time last year:

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Wigan Athletic (McCulloch 79)

4 November 2006

Referee Mark Clattenburg

A bit of History:

Games played at Bolton

League: Bolton 4 wins, Wigan 4, Draws 3

Prem: Bolton 0 wins, Wigan 1, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

Heart says Bolton 0-3 Latics Head says Bolton 1-1 Latics

Next Fixtures:

Latics Vs Blackburn Rovers


Saturday 15th December 3pm

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 9 2007

Time: 10:05AM

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