The Latics entertain Everton at the DW Stadium this afternoon, only one thing certain from today, it’s going to be bloody cold, so wrap up if you’re coming along.
There should be at least two changes to the side that lost at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, I expect Hugo Rodallega to claim a start up front, whilst Momo Diame has returned from the ACN and will make a welcomed appearance in the Latics midfield
Latics new signing Jean Beausejour will make his home debut, so hopefully that will be something for the fans to cheer at least.
Everton are fresh off the back of a win against Manchester City so will be full of confidence, something that the Latics are low on. If we can either score first or keep Everton out then I believe we will win, concede early and I’ll be left fearing the worst with just my flask of hot coffee and rum for comfort.
What The Bosses Say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez on Rodallega
“He’ll give everything he has for us.
“He hasn’t ruled out signing a new contract. He wants to help the group – which is the only thing that matters.”
Everton boss David Moyes:
‘The Premier League is too unpredictable because of the quality of the sides in every game and I think that is what’s special about the league here’
‘We’ve just got to make sure that we go to Wigan, prepare correctly, make sure we’re in the right frame of mind and I’ve got to make sure that I do my job well enough that my players know all they can about Wigan.’
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Antolin Alcaraz is still struggling with a groin injury otherwise it’s a full squad to choose from:
Latics possible: Al-Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, McCarthy, Diame, Gomez, Moses, Rodallega
Player to watch: Hugo Rodallega
How will Hugo react to the shenanigans of transfer deadline day? Positively I’d hope
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Everton Team News:
Sylvain Distin, Jack Rodwell, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Seamus Coleman are all out
Everton possible: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Hibbert, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Stracqualursi
Player to watch: Leighton Baines
Why do ex-players always seem to score against former clubs?
Latics and Everton have met 14 times
Latics 2 wins, Everton 8, draws 4
Last Six Meetings
17 Sep 2011 – Premier League – Everton 3 Latics 1
30 Apr 2011 – Premier League – Latics 1 Everton 1
11 Dec 2010 – Premier League – Everton 0 Latics 0
30 Jan 2010 – Premier League – Latics 0 Everton 1
30 Aug 2009 – Premier League – Everton 2 Latics 1
05 Apr 2009 – Premier League – Everton 4 Latics 0
Andrew Taylor (Wythenshawe)
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Andrew Taylor Card Watch 2011/12
Games – 21, yellows – 70, reds – 5
Head says 1-1
Heart says 2-1 Latics win, as always going with the heart
Bolton v Latics
DW to the Reebok
10am – 1:30pm