UK time is: 01:53:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wigan vs. West Ham

DW Stadium

27/10/12

15:00

Wigan v West Ham Preview

After our fine demolition of Southampton, last weekend, we`re back on the road this Saturday facing a difficult looking trip to the DW Stadium to take on a Wigan side that, on their day, are capable of beating anyone. Hopefully, West Ham will be able to carry the confidence gained from thrashing Southampton and put on the kind of performance that we did in the second half last weekend. But, if we play like we did in the first half, this could be a problematic fixture.

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the game, the likeable Wigan Athletic boss, Roberto Martinez, has praised Sam Allardyce and the manner in which he goes about his business, remarking to the media,

"What you don`t see with Sam is the approach he has with sports science. You don`t expect that from him straightaway, but you find out when you dig deeper."

"You can also see that he brings in incredible experience of the game. He is very curious and looks for the different percentages to use to help the players."

"It`s why he`s been so successful with foreign players. Look at the side he had at Bolton, with Youri Djorkaeff, Fernado Hierro, Jay-Jay Okocha and Ivan Campo."

"You have to be something special to understand those cultures and get them to play together. That is the hardest part, making a team out of that."

"I don`t think he would have a problem working anywhere in the world."

"There are not many dressing rooms that have been so multicultural. It is a real skill for a manager and Sam has done that in a great manner."

Is he trying to lure us into a false sense of security?

Wigan Team News:

Roberto Martinez enters this fixture with two key players out injured and a third rated as very doubtful.

The two confirmed as being out are Antolin Acaraz (groin), Albert Crusat (Knee) whilst he player rated as doubtful is their winger Ryio Miyaichi (groin)

Player to watch: Franco Di Santo

The Argnetine striker, formerly on the books of Chelsea, has taken an eternity to blossom but he is slowly proving the doubters wrong and will be keen to perform well.. If on form he could be a real handful.

West Ham Team News:

Sam Allardyce takes his squad north without the injured Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison, Matthew Taylor and Guy Demel.

However, the squad is boosted by the return of Joey O`Brien who has recovered form a hamstring injury,

Player to watch: Andy Carroll

Fast becoming an Upton Park favourite, we`re now just waiting for the robust, pony-tailed striker to notch his first Hammers goal, could the DW Stadium be the venue for such a thing?

Match Facts & Stats

If we look at Wigan`s home form, we find that the Latics have yet to win at home this season but in fixtures against West Ham, at the DW Stadium, they`ve won the last two against us.

But West Ham will be hoping to prevent it becoming three in a row, against us, by extending a start to the season that has seen them claim 14 points from the 24 available, which equates to a best start to a Premier League season since the 99/00 campaign when we had 16 points.

Ref Watch:

The officials selected for this match are:- Referee - J. Moss Assistants - R. Ganfield, G. Beswick Fourth Official - G. Eltringham

Match Prediction:

I`m feeling brave, I`m feeling bold and I reckon if we can keep things tight early on and if we play to our full potential we can get something from this fixture. However, and I stress this point again, we need to play like we did in the second half last week if those ifs are to become dead certain, a narrow win to the Hammers and Andy Carroll to get the winner.

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture is against the current title holders, Manchester City, at Upton Park next weekend.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Rossy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2012

Time: 4:33PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent West Ham United Articles

West Ham v Palace - Stat Attack (Friday February 27 2015)

West Ham v Palace - Early Team News (Friday February 27 2015)

Allardyce Looks Ahead to Palace Game (Thursday February 26 2015)

Noble Pens New Contract (Thursday February 26 2015)

Former Hammer Returning to the Spotlight (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Still Doing the Job (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Tit-for-Tat? (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Hammers Flop Joins Charlton (Tuesday February 24 2015)

Archived West Ham United Articles

List All Vital West Ham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 2 - 2 West Ham
Southampton 0 - 0 West Ham
West Ham 1 - 1 Man Utd
Liverpool 2 - 0 West Ham
West Ham 3 - 0 Hull City
Swansea 1 - 1 West Ham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Southampton 26 14 4 8 19 46
6. Liverpool 26 13 6 7 9 45
7. Spurs 26 13 5 8 5 44
8. West Ham 26 10 9 7 8 39
9. Swansea 26 10 7 9 -4 37
10. Stoke 26 10 6 10 -4 36
11. Newcastle 26 8 8 10 -11 32

Breaking League News

Liverpool: LFC Cleared Of FFP Breach
Liverpool : 27/02/2015 20:26:00
Previous Line-Ups: Burnley vs Swansea City
Swansea : 27/02/2015 20:00:00
'Burnley Are Very High Tempo & Very Intense'
Swansea : 27/02/2015 19:29:00
Same Again at Burnley? Or Back To Wingers?
Swansea : 27/02/2015 19:17:00
Chelsea v Spurs - The Statistics
Chelsea : 27/02/2015 18:38:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

West Ham v Palace?
Suggested By:  rossy
A Hammers Win! 67%
An Eagles Win! 0%
A Draw! 33%