Wigan Athletic secured their Premier League status without kicking a ball last week, but our visitors suffered a loss at the hands of Sunderland which barring a miracle of the highest order happening has seen them relegated. On what is going to be a BIG party atmosphere for Latics, the Tigers will want to go out with a roar.
The speculation, the anxiety, the permutations and the points are now put to bed and Roberto Martinez can hold his head high as in a transitional season that has tested the patience of even the most fanatical fan, has seen us achieve his one and only goal this season – SURVIVAL.
The next two years will now see if the gaffer can deliver on his ideals of climbing the league table and ultimately challenge for honours and even a European place. The Summer is going to be a mad one especially with the World Cup on, there will be such a short time for transfers to happen and I have a feeling there will be a lot.
But before all this happens we have the small matter of a game against Hull City, who could well have their relegation confirmed by the time we play on Monday afternoon, if West Ham manage anything other than a loss at Craven Cottage.
Hull saw the highs of reaching third place in the Premier League last season only to implode and scrape survival on the last day of the season. This season confirmed what we all knew then, that they are not good enough for this league. In the process of living the dream they also racked up uncontrollable debt that will more than likely see them go into administration before the season is out.
Roberto has already said that we will still be going all out, especially for our last home game as this will set us up to maybe have a say in who will win the Premier League title against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the final day. He has had a blow this week with Marcelo Moreno injuring himself at west Ham and Thomas still hasn’t recovered from his knock, both will require late fitness tests.
Hull will also be going all out for a very rare win, none of their six wins have been on the road, but with team spirit looking to be rock bottom and being without Zayette, Ashbee, Garcia and Hunt life could be even more cruel come 3.15 on Monday.
Just two weeks ago this game looked as though there was going to be a hell of a lot riding on it, now the bottom of the table is looking like it is sorted out, Latics will want to go out and get those extra points to get them above the mugs from Horwich.
Phil Dowd will be the referee for the game.
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Head To Head League
For all previous results between Wigan Athletic and Hull City Click Here
Current League Positions
|Last 8 Games||2||1||5||8||15||-7|
|Last 8 Games||1||1||6||6||14||-8|
|Games 09/10||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Games 09/10||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
This Weekend In History
Wigan games from this week in years gone by, click the scores for more:
|07-08||Aston Villa||Villa Park||2-0||42,640|
|84-85||Doncaster Rovers||Springfield Park||5-2||2,606|
|Saturday 1st May 2010|
|Manchester City||v||Aston Villa|
|Tottenham Hotspur||v||Bolton Wanderers|
|Sunday 2nd May 2010|
|Fulham||v||West Ham United|
|Monday 3rd May 2010|