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West Ham vs. Wigan

Upton Park

20/04/13

15:00

West Ham v Wigan Preview

Our last three fixtures have seen us register three draws, giving us three points out of a possible nine. Put that way it doesn`t seem too great but when you consider those three games were against Liverpool (a), Southampton (a) and Manchester United (h), it doesn`t look that bad. In fact it looks even better when you realise we`re currently on, in the Premier League, a four game unbeaten run. With Wigan battling relegation it promises to be a tough encounter, but one we do have a decent chance of winning.

Vital Quotes:

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West Ham Team News:

Big Sam has three of his recent squad unavailable for selection, due to injury.

Definitely out are:-

Joe Cole - Hamstring
George McCartney - knee
James Tomkins - calf

Against Manchester United, both Mark Noble and Jack Collison came on as substitutes, could both or either start against Wigan?

Player to watch: Mo Diame

Fresh from scoring a cracker of a goal against Manchester United, Diame will be looking to put on a decent performance against his former club, but can he join that ever-growing list of players that score against their former club?

Wigan Team News:

Roberto Martinez, with a Wembley FA Cup Final to look forward to, has the problem of steering his club away from relegation to consider as his primary target. Therefore, there is unlikely to be any resting of key players.

A probable non-starter is Roman Golobart, side-lined with a twisted ankle, although reports suggest that Martinez may recall Callam McManaman.

Player to watch: Arouna Kone

An Ivorian striker who can produce the unexpected, don`t give him space or time on the ball.

Match Facts & Stats

This fixture very rarely throws up a draw. In fact of the thirteen Premier League clashes between the two sides, there has only ever been one draw, back in August 2007.

Going into this fixture, West Ham will be looking to avenge the 2-1 loss they suffered up at the DW Stadium earlier in the season. The statistics show they stand a good chance of doing so having won 3, drawn 1 of the last four clashes between the two sides at Upton Park

Ref Watch:

Our officials in this encounter are:- Referee - M. Clattenburg Assistant - S. Butt Assistant - S. Burt Fourth Official - N. Swarbrick

Match Prediction:

Wigan are to be congratulated on getting t the FA Cup Final, that in itself is something we`re all envious of. Roberto Martinez has got his team playing well and they were extremely unlucky to lose to Manchester City in midweek. Desperate to get some points to claw themselves away from the relegation zone, Wigan will arrive with some intent about them. I reckon they`ll put up a tough fight and we can expect a right old tussle. This game could go either way but I reckon we`ll nick it by the odd goal in five.

Next Fixtures:

Next weekend, on Saturday to be precise, we face a difficult trip to take on Manchester City, at the Etihad Stadium.


The Journalist

Writer: Rossy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 19 2013

Time: 3:12PM

 

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