Wigan Athletic v Everton
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 6 October 2012, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium, Wigan
Latics are back at the DW Stadium on Saturday for their fourth home game of the season, looking to bounce back after defeat at the Stadium of Light last weekend against Sunderland. As always wiganathletic.com has all angles covered; here’s everything you need to know and how to follow all the action.
Jean Beausejour gave his very first interview to Latics Player this week, and explained how he hopes a positive result against the Toffees can have an impact on the team’s season just as it did last term. Franco Di Santo is on the mend after his calf injury; see what he had to say about playing a part this weekend. As always Roberto Martinez gave us his thoughts on the opposition and a call to fans in helping the team turn a corner at this early stage of the campaign. To watch all these interviews and much more login to Latics Player by [clicking here].
Ticket are still on sale for Saturday’s match and will remain on sale to fans with a purchasing history with the club for matches at the DW Stadium until kick off tomorrow.
Despite their impressive form in the Capital One Cup which sees them face Bradford City in the fourth round at the end of the month, Roberto Martinez is hoping his Latics team can change their fortunes in the Barclays Premier League this weekend, after three consecutive defeats.
Latics have failed to take points from Manchester United, Fulham and Sunderland in recent weeks, but have performed well in all three and were unlucky not to have taken a result from the North East last Saturday.
Everton go into the fixture as one of the Premier League’s in-form sides, occupying second spot in the table after four wins, one draw and one defeat.
Impressive last weekend, David Moyes’ side came from a goal-down against Southampton at Goodison Park to win 3-1, with Nikica Jelavic, who made his debut in this fixture last season, scoring his second and third goals of the campaign.
Last season a 1-1 draw was played out in torrential weather conditions at the DW Stadium, with the home side taking the lead from a bizarre Phil Neville own-goal before Victor Anichebe levelled up late on.
This will be the 15th time the two sides have met in the Barclays Premier League, with Latics having only beaten Everton once at home during that time, courtesy of Henri Camara’s lone striker in November 2008.
After seeing the red card picked up at Sunderland rescinded, Jordi Gomez is once more available for selection for Roberto Martinez.
Latics are likely to be without Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz once more as the 30-year-old continues his recovery from a groin injury picked up on international duty.
Fraser Fyvie is also likely to miss out having picked up an ankle knock during the week.
Franco Di Santo came off the bench at the Stadium of Light last weekend following his calf injury and could continue his comeback this weekend.
Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) is set to miss out, whilst Tony Hibbert (calf) and Steven Naismith both missed last weekend’s match against Southampton through injury also.
Maynor Figueroa is in line to make his 150th Premier League start for Wigan Athletic. The Honduran international is Latics’ third longest serving player and in the last international break reaffirmed his record at the Club as the player who has collected the most caps for his country whilst with Wigan Athletic, with 33 appearances.
The Last Six Meetings @ DW Stadium
04/02/2012 – Barclays Premier League – Latics 1 Everton 1
30/04/2011 – Barclays Premier League – Latics 1 Everton 1
30/01/2010 – Barclays Premier League – Latics 0 Everton 1
24/11/2008 – Barclays Premier League – Latics 1 Everton 0
20/01/2008 – Barclays Premier League – Latics 1 Everton 2
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: John Flynn
Fourth Official: Lee Mason
This weekend’s other fixtures:
Manchester City v Sunderland (12.45)
Chelsea v Norwich City
Swansea City v Reading
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
West Ham United v Arsenal (17.30)
Southampton v Fulham (13.30)
Liverpool v Stoke City (15.00)
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa (15.00)
Newcastle United v Manchester United (16.00)