Wigan Athletic travel 212 miles to West London to face Fulham for this evenings Premier League game hoping for a win to get their season back on track following three defeats in a row.
Fulham have been faring no better than the Latics of late and they haven`t won a game since they beat Bolton 2-1 at the Cottage on 13th September.
Both teams are desperate for the points and both will see this as a winnable game, the Latics will welcome back Mario Melchiot and Antonio Valencia and both were badly missed on Sunday, they say you don`t know what you have until its gone and that`s certainly apparent here.
Valencia`s pace and all round threat bring something different to the Latics side, he is a quality player and a constant threat to opponents whilst Mario is just a class player
Fulham have only scored 8 goals so far this season which is a good thing considering the Latics have shipped 7 in the last two games.
Lets hope the defence stays tight tonight and Zaki gets another couple of goals, I fancy us winning this one
What the bosses say
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
“Two days isn`t really long enough to prepare for a game, but that`s all we`ve got so we will have to get on with it”
“Games under the floodlights are always special at Crave Cottage and I hope we can give the fans something to get behind us with”
Latics boss Steve Bruce:
‘We’ve been punished and badly beaten and we’ll have to work on it’
‘We’ll be doing that on Monday and Tuesday and trying to get it right for Wednesday.’
Fulham Team News:
Seol Ki-Hyeon and Toni Kallio are both doubtful for the game tonight
Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Bullard, Murphy, Gera, Zamora, Johnson, Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gray, Dempsey, Andreasen, Baird
Player to watch: Jimmy Bullard
One of Wigans favourite sons (even thoug he is a cockney), his enthusiasm and love of the game has been missed sinve he left the Latics
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Valencia and Melchiot return leaving only long term casualty Erik Edman side-lined for this one
Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, De Ridder, Cattermole, Palacios, Kapo, Heskey, Zaki, Boyce, Brown, Camara, Valencia, Kilbane, Koumas, Kupisz, Taylor, Pollitt, Kingson.
Player to watch: Amr Zaki
Had a blank in his last game so due a goal in this one
Is there any previous?
Fulham 1-1 Wigan Athletic
22nd December 2007
Referee Alan Wiley
30 previous league encounters have produced:
Fulham wins – 12, Latics wins – 8 and 10 draws
Fulham 1 win, Latics 2, Draws 3
Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Games – 8
Yellows – 27
Reds – 2
Heart says Latics win 2-1
Head says 1-1 draw
Portsmouth Vs Latics
Saturday 1st November 2008