Wigan Athletic v EvertonEverton's last five games:
DW Stadium (Capacity: 25,133)
Saturday 6th October
15:00 UK time
West Brom 2-0 Everton
Everton 2-2 Newcastle United (Baines, Anichebe)
Swansea 0-3 Everton (Anichebe, Mirallas, Fellaini)
Leeds United 2-1 Everton - League Cup
Everton 3-1 Southampton (Osman, Jelavic x2)Position - 2nd 13 points Wigan Athletic's last five games:
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Stoke City (Maloney Pen, Di Santo)
Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic 1-2 Fulham (Kone)
West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic - League Cup
- (Boselli x2, Ramis, Gomez)
Sunderland 1-0 Wigan AthleticPosition - 16th 4 pointsPreview
Wigan have suffered a poor start to the season unable to pick up where they left off last season picking up defeat to Chelsea on the opening game. Despite winning four points from the following two games and last weekend's defeat to Sunderland means that it will be over a month since they last picked up points when they face Everton on Saturday. In stark contrast, Everton will be able to pick up their 5th win in the opening 7 games with victory over Wigan after scoring 3 goals in a match for the third time this season to gain victory over Southampton.
Seeing as he played for both sides, it feels fitting to display a statistic about our very own Leighton Baines. Below is how he has compared to other left backs who are regarded as being top in the league over the past 2 seasons and the current season:Wigan Athletic
After scraping relegation yet again last season and having a strong finish to the season under Martinez, Wigan went into the season optimistic with most fans wanting to shake off the 'little Wigan' tag which the media have often patronised them with. Over the summer this would have been enhanced as they managed to hold onto Martinez despite strong rumours linking him to Liverpool (In case you missed all that) as well as signing the pacey Arsenal forward Ryo Miyaichi on loan along with defender Ramis and Ivorian striker Kone who scored 15 goals in La Liga last season.
As the season got under-way, they faced a tough start against European champions Chelsea which ended in a 2-0 defeat despite Wigan have extended periods of possession in that game. Since then they sold Victor Moses, a player who is often regarded as Wigan's best player to their opposition on the opening weekend. Whether he'll be a success such as Baines or Valencia is yet to be seen, but he could easily go the same way as N'Zogbia and Palacios.
Wigan will now be looking to stop the current rut they're in against Everton on Saturday given their three match losing streak in the league with only 6 matches gone.Everton
What a start to the season for the toffees, 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat which would have surprised most Evertonians given the usual pessimism that surrounds the start of the season knowing we're notoriously slow starters under David Moyes. Six games in and we're being given the title as the most attractive side in the league regarding our style of football by expert pundits. However already we've shown that we're still prone to a slip up dropping out to Leeds United in the cup and an away defeat to West Brom.
After a slow start to the match falling behind to Southampton in the sixth minute on Saturday, Everton eventually began to exert their dominance as within 15 minutes, a goal from Osman and two from Jelavic appeared to put the game to bed thus 3 points secured. Some fans were disappointed with the way Everton took their foot of the gas in the second half but it still strengthened what has been a great start.
The next three games are all tricky ties for the blues with Wigan away next, precisely the type of game Everton would make a mess of. After that is a trip to west London to take on QPR who are going through a transitional period given the amount of players in and out of the club over the summer. Finally, we face our lovable neighbours in another fixture we are poor in. It will say a lot about how we've progressed in these games after picking up just two points in those fixtures last season.
Given Wigan's rise, it won't surprise you to know that this is just the 16th meeting between the sides.Injury concerns:http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.phpWigan:
Alcaraz - Groin/Pelvis injury - 6th October 2012Everton
Naismith - Knock - 6th October 2012
Hibbert - Calf/Shin injury - 6th October 2012
Gibson - Thigh muscle strain - 21st October 2012