Everton v Wigan

10 December 2010 12:31
Everton striker Louis Saha is a doubt after picking up an injury last weekend, and could be replaced by either Jermaine Beckford or Yakubu.The Toffees will again be without suspended captain Mikel Arteta. [LNB]Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega has completed a three-game ban and may replace Mauro Boselli up front. [LNB]The Latics are unlikely to risk Gary Caldwell, who has a thigh problem, while Franco Di Santo could be out for three months with an ankle injury. [LNB][LNB]Everton[LNB]Suspended: Arteta (two matches) [LNB]Doubtful: Osman (ankle/fitness), Saha (unspecified) [LNB]Injured: Barkley (leg), Hibbert (ankle) [LNB]Wigan[LNB]Doubtful: Boyce (hamstring), G Caldwell (thigh) [LNB]Injured: Di Santo & McCarthy (both ankle), Moses (shoulder) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Without a win since the clocks went back, Everton will view the visit of third bottom Wigan as the perfect opportunity to banish their winter blues.[LNB] No more excuses or reasoning with it, it is time to start producing Everton left-back Leighton Baines There were murmurs of discontent at Goodison Park following the 4-1 defeat by West Brom a fortnight ago. However, last weekend's draw at Chelsea, which was David Moyes' 400th game in charge, was a timely reminder of the Scot's managerial abilities. [LNB]Jermaine Beckford's equaliser at Stamford Bridge was the fourth time in five matches that Everton had scored in the final 10 minutes, suggesting there is no lack of fighting spirit at Goodison. Moyes' chief concern will instead be their lack of firepower, with neither Beckford, Yakubu or Louis Saha convincing as lone strikers this season. [LNB]It is a similar story at Wigan, who remain the top flight's lowest scorers despite twice coming from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw with Stoke last time out. [LNB]Like Moyes, Latics boss Roberto Martinez is short of attacking options, so the return of leading scorer Hugo Rodallega, who has served a three-match suspension, is a major boost. Victory for Wigan would take them above Everton and out of the relegation zone.[LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Wigan have won two of 10 Premier League games against Everton. They have lost six of those matches, including the last three. [LNB]• The Latics' only previous win at Goodison Park was 1-0 in September 2005, when Damien Francis got the only goal. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match Everton[LNB]• They have managed only three top-flight wins this season, but have lost only five of their last 27 league matches. [LNB]• Those three victories came in the space of four games in October. [LNB]• David Moyes's men are winless in their previous six outings (D4, L2). [LNB]• If Everton lose, it would the their 100th Premier League defeat at Goodison Park. [LNB]Wigan[LNB]• The Latics have won just one of their last nine league matches - that was their 1-0 victory at home to West Brom on 13 November. [LNB]• If Wigan lose, it would be their 100th Premier League defeat. [LNB]• Victory at Tottenham in August is Wigan's only win in their last 15 away league games. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Everton[LNB]Cahill: 8 goals (8 league) [LNB][LNB]Wigan[LNB]Rodallega: 4 goals (4 league); N'Zogbia: 4 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Michael Oliver [LNB]Assistant referees: Patrick Keane & Peter Kirkup [LNB]Fourth official: Andre Marriner [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Everton (D1-1 v Chelsea, a): Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Pienaar (Bilyaletdinov 87), Cahill, Saha (Beckford 58). Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Osman, Yakubu, Anichebe. [LNB]Wigan (D2-2 v Stoke, h): Al Habsi, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa (Stam 73), N'Zogbia, Watson, Diame, Thomas, Cleverley, Boselli. Subs not used: Pollitt, Gomez, McArthur, Boyce, McManaman, Mustoe.

Source: BBC_Sport