Latics travel to West London this afternoon hoping to get back to back away wins when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage, though this little ground by the Thames hasn’t been the best of hunting grounds down the years for us
Last time away from home the Latics got a great result and put in a very good performance beating Aston Villa by three goals, more of the same today wouldn’t go amiss.
Fulham have had an excellent home record down the years but this season it isn’t has strong as it’s previously been. With just six points separating the two clubs in the table Martinez’s men need to capitalise on this today
With Ivan Ramis returning to the defence we look a lot stronger not just at the back but all over the team, his presence is so important, just a pity we’ve lost Arouna Kone to the African Cup of Nations
What The Bosses Say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
‘If you look at our previous record at Craven Cottage, I think it will be very difficult to see how.
‘But I do feel the last three games we’ve played against Fulham we’ve been very unfortunate. It’s hard to explain how we lost the previous two games at the DW Stadium.
‘The last game we had at Craven Cottage it was a very late deadball situation, and after getting ourselves in front we couldn’t get a positive result.
‘The approach is very clear. We need to be playing well enough and work hard enough to make sure we become a lucky team on Saturday.’
Fulham boss Martin Jol:
‘I feel that the home games, with our home record over the years, should be a lot better and that is why we need wins. We started [winning again] against West Brom. We repaired some damage with the three points away from home and, hopefully, we can do the same again against Wigan because they’re one of the bottom clubs at the moment.
‘We’ve got home games against Reading and Queens Park Rangers, for example, and if we can manage to have wins against these teams then we will be fine.’
Fulham Team News:
Mahamadou Diarra and Kerim Frei are both out injured
Fulham – Stockdale, Hangeland, Briggs, Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Karagounis, Rodallega, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Ruiz, Dejagah, Schwazer, Duff, Petric, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Richardson, Kasami
Player to watch: Berbatov
Class player and Fulhams main threat
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Antolin Alcaraz, Adrian Lopez, Ben Watson, Albert Crusat and Ryo Miyaichi are all still out injured, whilst Arouna Kone is away on ANC duty. New signings Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez could feature
Latics possible – Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Henriquez, Di Santo
Player to watch: James McCarthy
A lot of attention on young Macca from admiring clubs, he’s been in excellent form this season, long may it continue with the Latics
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
We have met Fulham 39 times in the league and twice in the League Cup (we won both of these)
Latics 10 wins, Fulham 18, draws 13
In the Premier League it is: Latics 2 wins, Fulham 7, draws 6.
The Last Six Meetings
22 Sep 2012 – Premier League – Latics 1 Fulham 2
21 Apr 2012 – Premier League – Fulham 2 Latics 1
29 Oct 2011 – Premier League – Latics 0 Fulham 2
15 Jan 2011 – Premier League – Latics 1 Fulham 1
30 Oct 2010 – Premier League – Fulham 2 Latics 0
04 Apr 2010 – Premier League – Fulham 2 Latics 1
Mark Clattenburg (Consett)
Why not take a look at our ‘Meet The Ref’ article
Mark Clattenburg Card Watch 2012/13
Games – 17, yellows – 54, reds – 5
Head says 1-1 draw
Heart says 1-2 Latics win, as always going with the heart
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
AFC Bournemouth v Latics
Latics v Sunderland
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This week we are back in the warmth of the studio following our ‘on location’ edition last time out
Barry, Dan, Greg, Rob, Paul and Gareth discuss the cup tie against Bournemouth (00:00)and give one player in particular a bit of stick, the replay is also looked forward to with a bit trepidation(16:10)
We have a tie against Macclesfield awaiting us if we can get through the replay next week, the prospect of this fills the crew with glee (13:30)
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