Wigan Athletic will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon but will not be planning to wave them goodye two hours later minus the three points that will shoot Latics up the Premier League table.
The visitors will clearly fancy their chances following their comfortable victory over Liverpool last time out, especially as the home side were beaten by the lowlier Blue portion of Merseyside last weekend. Roberto Martinez has been bouyed by the news that defender Steve Gohouri is back in contention for a first team start, given the fact that the back line is decimated by injuries at the moment. Antolin Alcaraz is still weeks off making a comeback, whilst Emmerson Boyce also remains a serious doubt for the game.
The midfield will be virtually the same as the one that was unfortunate to lose at Goodison Park, but up front Latics will be without the services of Hugo Rodallega who is sidelined for the foreseeable future. The injury though is not expected to keep him out until the new year as previously thought.
Latics’ recent record against the Spurs is very good, given the fact that last season they picked uo four points, and kept two clean sheets against their London based rivals. They will need to be at theirvery best to maintain that great form when the teams take to the field of play on Saturday
Team news will appear here later…
History of this fixture,
26/11/2005 – The Premiership – (H) – 1-2 – (Lee McCulloch) – 22,611
Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, De Zeeuw, Baines, Bullard, Kavanagh, Francis, (Connolly, 67), McCulloch, Roberts, Camara
19/02/2006 – The Premiership – (A) – 2-2 – (Andreas Johansson 2) – 35,676
Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, (Jackson, 45), De Zeeuw, Baines, Bullard, Scharner, Kavanagh, Thompson, Camara, (McCulloch, 89), Johansson
26/11/2006 – The Premiership – (A) – 1-3 – (Henri Camara) – 35,205
Kirkland, Wright, (Hall 67), Jackson, Boyce, Baines, Teale, (Heskey 29), Scharner, Skoko, Kilbane, (Cotterill 78), Camara, McCulloch
15/04/2007 – The Premiership – (H) – 3-3 – (Emile Heskey, Leighton Baines, Kevin Kilbane) – 16,506
Filan, Boyce, Jackson, (Skoko 73), De Zeeuw, Baines, McCulloch, (Taylor 40), Landzaat, Scharner, Kilbane, Heskey, (Folan 66), Camara
11/11/2007 – The Premiership – (A) – 0-4 – 35,504
Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Taylor, Scharner, Skoko, (Brown 64), Landzaat, Cotterill, (Sibierski 39), Bent
(Frank Barlow’s first game as caretaker manager)
19/04/2008 – The Premiership – (H) – 1-1 – (Emile Heskey) – 18,673
Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Scharner, Kilbane, Valencia, Palacios, Brown, Taylor, (Koumas 81), Heskey, (Sibierski 76), Bent, (King 84)
21/09/2008 – The Premier League – (A) – 0-0 – 35,808
Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Scharner, Koumas, (Kapo 72), Heskey, Zaki, (Camara 82)
02/01/2009 – FA Cup, Third Round – (A) – 1-3 – (Henri Camara) – 34,040
Kingson, Boyce, Bramble, Scharner, (Figueroa 73), Kilbane, Valencia, Brown, Palacios, De Ridder, (Cywka 74), Kapo, (Edman 84), Camara.
11/01/2009 – The Premier League – (H) – 1-0 – (Maynor Figueroa) – 17,500
Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole. Taylor, Heskey, Zaki
22/11/2009 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-9 – (Paul Scharner) – 35,650
Kirkland, Melchiot, (Cho 86), Boyce, Bramble, Edman, N’Zogbia, Thomas,(Gomez 68), Diame, Scotland, Scharner, Rodallega
(Wigan Athletic’s record defeat as a Football League club)
21/02/2010 – The Premier League – (H) – 0-3 – 16,165
Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Scharner, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, McCarthy, Thomas, (Moses 56), Diame, Rodallega, Moreno, (Sinclair 76)
29/08/2010 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-0 – (Hugo Rodallega) – 35,101
Al Habsi, Stam, (McArthur 87), Alcaraz, Gohouri, Figueroa, Thomas, MCarthy, Diame, Boyce, Boselli, (Gomez 68), Rodallega
(League debut for goalkeeper Al Ali-Habsi)
(Former Latic Wilson Palacios played for Spurs)
02/04/2011 – The Premier League – (H) – 0-0 – 18,578
Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell G, Figueroa, Watson, McCarthy, Moses (Sammon, 66), N’Zogbia (Di Santo, 85), Watson, Cleverley, Rodallega (Diame, 85)
Links between the clubs
Dave Beasant, Mark Bowen, Michael Brown, Pascal Chimbonda, Erik Edman, Dai Jones, Colin Lee, Ahmed Mido, Wilson Palacios, Reto Ziegler
More Wigan/Tottenham links
Andrew Findlay, Alex Hunt, John Moran, Thomas Tebb (all played for Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Borough)
William Rayner (former Tottenham Hotspur coach who later managed Wigan Borough)
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