Wigan Athletic host Blackburn Rovers in what is a huge game for Latics, we have a bad run of games to come and getting points out of this one is a must to gain the confidence for the coming few weeks.
Latics were very unlucky to lose at Ewood Park earlier in the season; we absolutely outplayed our hosts that day, had a perfectly good goal disallowed and had a dubious goal scored against us that day.
But we are able to make amends for that scoreline when the Rovers come to the DW Stadium this Saturday. They have a new manager and new owners since we met last, but we can expect the same rough ride.
The importance to win this game is high, Blackburn are just 8 points ahead of us and a massive ten places above us in the League. We currently lie second bottom and we desperately need the points on the board before we hit a series of fixtures that see us play 4 of the top 6 Clubs in succession.
We have historically under Martinez done well against these kinds of teams, but we need points now and Blackburn is next up and the team will need us all behind them. Ticket prices have seen Rovers fans snap their allocation up, we need much of the same in our end.
Results against our visitors have been mixed over the seasons with us both winning 2 and drawing one, but the positive side is that we did outplay them at Ewood and with better refereeing and some luck in front of goal we can have the upper hand this week.
Latics will have a Alcaraz back in the fray, though Gary Caldwell is still awaiting advice on his fractured cheekbone, it will be a game too early for Tom Cleverley. Blackburn will be without Santa Cruz and Jones.
The crowd is going to be a factor and the spirit of 2005 needs to be found, we were so close to the Premier League then, just as we are now, so let’s get down there and get behind the team.
The referee will be Mike Dean who has taken control of 19 Premier League games this season dishing out 72 yellows and two red cards.
He was the referee when we got battered 6-0 at home to Chelsea and he has also seen us win on Boxing Day at Wolves. He has had a win and a loss for Blackburn this season also.
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:
|04.02.97||Lincoln City||Sincil Bank||3-1||2,241|
|06.02.88||Bristol Rovers||Springfield Park||2-1||3,827|
|5th February 2011|
|Manchester City||v||West Brom|
|Tottenham Hotspur||v||Bolton Wanderers|
|6th February 2011|
|West Ham United||v||Birmingham|
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