Hull v Wigan

02 October 2009 12:01
Barclays Premier League Venue: The KC Stadium Date: Saturday, 3 October 2009 Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio, Final Score & highlights on Match of the Day TEAM NEWS Hull will give a fitness test to defender Anthony Gardner after four games out with a knee problem. Liam Cooper is doubtful with a hamstring strain, but Steven Mouyokolo returns to the squad. Jimmy Bullard (knee) is not quite ready to return. The only absentee for Wigan is Olivier Kapo. The Frenchman is still nursing a knee ligament injury. Roberto Martinez could therefore pick the same side that beat Chelsea last weekend. Hull Suspended: None Doubtful: Cooper (hamstring), Gardner (knee) Injured: Ashbee, Bullard & Garcia (all knee) Wigan Suspended: None Injured: Kapo (knee) MATCH PREVIEW Whilst Wigan were putting Chelsea to the sword last Saturday with their first ever win against a Big Four side, Hull were being thumped 6-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. Needless to say both clubs have been in the spotlight this week but for entirely different reasons. We understand we have to acquit ourselves in the manner we have in the last two-and-a-half years to get the supporters behind us again Phil Brown, Hull City manager Phil Brown had his players in for extra training on Sunday after September's soft centre led to 15 goals being conceded in four matches in all competitions. Now the Tigers turn their attentions to optimistic October, where fixtures against Wigan, Portsmouth, Fulham and Burnley could truly reveal what lies in store for Hull in the months ahead. Roll the clock back 12 months and Hull found themselves in sixth place in the Premier League table with 11 points from their opening six games. They had just famously beaten Arsenal at the Emirates, but had also suffered a 5-0 reverse at home to Wigan. A similar scoreline this time around would crush morale even further. 606: DEBATE Have your say on the match Wigan's players have been in demand by the media this week but Roberto Martinez has been eager to keep things as low key as possible. He revealed it has been business as usual on the training ground, but was equally quick to praise his current squad, claiming they have huge potential and need to fulfil. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • Up until last weekend's 6-1 loss to Liverpool, Hull's record Premier League defeat was 5-0 against Wigan at the KC Stadium last season. • Hull have not beaten Wigan at home since a 3-1 victory at Boothferry Park in the third tier of English football in April 1985. • Current assistant boss Brian Horton was player-manager that day. Steve Massey, Stan McEwan and Billy Whitehurst scored the goals, with former England manager Steve McClaren also in the Tigers line-up. Hull • The Tigers have secured just two wins and picked up only 12 points during 2009. • Phil Brown's side have also suffered more defeats (17), scored fewer goals (17) and conceded more goals (46) than any other Premier League club during this time period. • The Tigers have failed to score more than once in 24 of 25 top-flight games since the turn of the year. Wigan • Wigan are looking for back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season and only the second time in 2009; having beaten Sunderland and Hull last March. • The Lactics were one of only four teams to do the double over Hull last season, the others being Manchester United, Aston Villa and Sunderland. • Five of Wigan's seven Premier League games this season have been played against sides in the top half of the table. LEADING GOALSCORERS Geovanni Hull Geovanni: 3 goals (2 league) Hugo Rodallega Wigan Rodallega: 3 goals (3 league) MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistant referees: Dave Bryan & Robert Madley Fourth official: Russell Booth LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Hull (L1-6 v Liverpool, a): Myhill, McShane, Sonko, Cooper, Dawson, Geovanni (Altidore 83), Boateng, Kilbane (Marney 64), Hunt, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Cousin 63), Ghilas. Subs Not Used: Warner, Barmby, Zayatte, Olofinjana. Wigan (W3-1 v Chelsea, h): Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Rodallega, Diame, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Scotland (King 88). Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Amaya, Cho, Koumas, Gomez, De Ridder. MOST RECENT MEETING Hull 0-5 Wigan (30 August 2008) Wigan scorers: Ricketts 5 og, Valencia 13, Zaki 63, 81, Heskey 68.

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