After seeing Wigan Athletic into the hat for the quarter finals of the Carling Cup, Roberto Martinez would have like a closer game than a trip to the Capital, but it’s off to Fulham we go to try and put some space between us and the drop Zone. Craven Cottage has never been a happy hunting ground for Latics; the Capital in general seems to throw us off. But we do need to get points from teams that are going to be around us come the season end, and looking at Fulham right now it seems like they fall into that category.
Latics have only ever won three games at the Cottager’s gaff ever, the last one being back in 2006 when we ran away 1-0 winners. Since then we drawn one and lost two (drawing all the home games), not a terrific record but one that can certainly be put right this weekend.
Fulham are certainly the draw kings this season so far with 6, recording just one win from the opening quarter of games. Latics do lie just one place and one point above them in the league and so there is a lot riding on this meeting.
Fulham will be without Etuhu, Duff, Murphy, Stoor, Zamora and Senderos through injury although late fitness tests might see a couple feature in the game.
Latics will be without James McCarthy until Christmas and there is a possibility that Emmerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell could be rested dependent on how training has gone this week.
Wigan are seemingly clicking quite well now, the disastrous opening two games but a distant memory. The defence certainly looks a lot more secure and confident, the midfield working together quite well and the attack…. well that is where we really need to brush up.
Our attack is at the moment our weakest link, but that would change dramatically with a couple of confidence boosting goals. Mauro Boselli broke his duck on Tuesday night and we are all hoping that this will now open the floodgates and allow him to prove his £6million price tag is worth it.
Referee for the game will be Martin Atkinson, he has officiated 7 games this season dishing out 23 yellow cards and 3 reds – it is the first time he has taken control of a Latics game this term.
Head To Head League
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Current League Positions
This Weekend In History
Wigan games from this week in years gone by, click the scores for more:
|30.10.93||Mansfield Town||Springfield Park||4-1||1,434|
|31.10.87||Rotherham United||Springfield Park||3-0||3,004|
|30.10.81||Colchester United||Layer Road||2-1||3,882|
|30th October 2010|
|Arsenal||v||West Ham United|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||v||Manchester City|
|Manchester United||v||Tottenham Hotspur|
|31st October 2010|
|Aston Villa||v||Birmingham City|
|1st November 2010|
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