Latics entertain West Brom at the DW Stadium hoping to make it three wins in a row following great results and super performances against both West Ham and Spurs
The Latics look like they have rediscovered their form from the back end of last season and the way they are playing at the moment they are more than a match for anyone
West Brom though won’t be push over’s, Steve Clarke has got them enjoying a fantastic start to the season and this game promises to be a fascinating affair
What The Bosses Say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
‘To get three wins in a row would be a huge achievement in this league’
‘We did so in the last three matches of last season against Blackburn, Wolves and Newcastle and it represents a real change of mentality for us.
‘It has always been the case that we always reached the last third of the season where we really needed those points to save us. To do so in November would be a real change – rather than having to win it’s wanting to win.
‘West Brom is as tough a game as you are going to get, they are the in-form team in the Premier League in my eyes’
‘They are fifth in the table and they have dropped a few points – conceding a 91st-minute goal against Man City and a late goal against Aston Villa, both games where they deserved more than that.
‘They are very well-balanced, have kept much the same group of players together for a long time, and Steve Clarke has brought a new approach and been really successful.’
‘The manner in which we achieved the previous two wins – they haven’t been accidents or lucky results, they have been deserved wins with very good performances against two good teams.’
West Brom boss Steve Clarke:
‘In the last few games Wigan have got back to where they were towards the end of last season when they were the best team in the league.
‘They play good football, have a slightly different system to most teams in the league, use it well, play it well, and the players understand their role within the team.
‘We go there expecting a difficult game, but I’m sure Wigan are expecting a difficult game as well.
‘I would like to think we can both go out there, put on a good footballing performance and try and get the three points.’
Wigan Athltic Team News:
Antolin Alcaraz, Ryo Miyaichi and Albert Crusat are all out whilst James McArthur is rated at 50/50
Latics possible – Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Watson, McCarthy, Maloney, Kone, Di Santo
Player to watch: Arouna Kone
Kone has been electric of late
West Bromwich Albion Team News:
Ben Foster is doubtful with a groin strain but James Morrison should be back
West Brom from – Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans, Long, Myhill, Popov, Brunt, Lukaku, Rosenberg, Fortune, Tamas, Morrison
Player to watch: Peter Odemwingie
Fast and direct with an eye for goal
The Latics and West Brom have met 17 times, Latics have 7 wins, West Brom 6, draws 4
In the Premier League the stats read in Latics favour: 4 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats, goals for 11, against 9
Last Six Meetings:
17 Mar 2012 – Premier League – Latics 1 West Brom 1
10 Dec 2011 – Premier League – West Brom 1 Latics 2
01 Feb 2011 – Premier League – West Brom 2 Latics 2
13 Nov 2010 – Premier League – Latics 1 West Brom 0
09 May 2009 – Premier League – West Brom 3 Latics 1
29 Nov 2008 – Premier League – Latics 2 West Brom 1
Neil Swarbrick (Preston)
Take a look at our ‘Meet The Ref’ article
Neil Swarbrick Card Watch 2012/13
Games – 10, yellows – 34, reds – 0
Head says close game 2-1 win for the Latics
Heart say’s another clean sheet, 2-0 Latics win
Liverpool v Latics
The latest PWU podcast is now available for download. This weeks podcast reviews the Spurs game at the weekend, what a cracking result and performance that was, also the guys look ahead to this coming Saturday’s visit by West Brom to the DW Stadium
In the studio at Beech Hill Book Cycle we have special guest Paul Kendrick, the Wigan Evening Post’s Latics correspondent, also Greg Farrimond of the Wigan Observer joins in the chat with regulars Barry, Dan, Gareth, Rob and Paul
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