Wigan v Portsmouth

21 May 2009 12:59
PREMIER LEAGUE Venue: JJB Stadium Date: Sunday, 24 May Kick-off: 1600 BST Coverage: Score updates on Final Score, BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 Live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Highlights on Match of the Day Teams news to follow later. Make your Premier League predictions BIG-MATCH FACTS Little hinges on this match at the JJB Stadium other than the level of merit payments, with just over or under £3m at stake to be gained or lost for either club depending on their finishing positions. Wigan are looking for the victory that would land them their first Premier League double over Portsmouth. Portsmouth have won four of their last six Premier League matches against Wigan, with clean sheets in three of those four wins. Distance between the clubs: 248 miles (398 kilometres) CLUB FORM WIGAN ATHLETIC Club stats 12th 42 points Highest achievable: 11th (Merit payment: £7,600,000) Lowest could fall: 15th (£4,560,000) Best & Worst categories in 2008-09 Premier League 1. Picked up one point out of 21, and won just two of the last 17 Premier League matches. 2. Lost eight of 11, including the last three. Could end on their second four-game losing run of this top-flight campaign; the first involved all four games in October. 3. Picked up 74 Premier League points in the current spell under Steve Bruce. 4. Need to score once to take their total of goals all-time in the Premier League to 150. 5. Only beaten Hull home and away, but could also do the double over Portsmouth. PORTSMOUTH Club stats 14th 41 points Highest achievable: 12th (Merit payment: £6,840,000) Lowest could fall: 15th (£4,560,000) Best & Worst categories in 2008-09 Premier League 1. Won one of the last five Premier League games (3-1, home to Sunderland in their most recent game on 18 May), but not won any of the last 12 on the road. 2. Drawn seven and lost five away league games since beating Sunderland 1-2 on 8 November at the Stadium of Light; not scored in four away from Fratton Park or in 420 minutes (seven hours) since Peter Crouch's opener in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside on 14 March. 3. Picked up just one point out of a last possible 12 from last day fixtures (0-0, home to Arsenal in 2007), and not won on the closing day of a Premier League campaign, since beating Middlesbrough 5-1 on the south coast on 15 May 2004. 4. Won four and lost four of their 13 Premier League games under Paul Hart. 5. Already lost home and away to Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal; Wigan is the only club outside the 'Big Four' that can still do the double over them. KEY PLAYER NOTES WIGAN ATHLETIC Squad profiles Maynor FIGUEROA is the only remaining player to have started every one of Wigan's Premier League matches this season. Amr ZAKI is the club's top Premier League scorer with 10 goals; seven more than any other player. PORTSMOUTH Squad profiles Sylvain DISTIN is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Portsmouth's Premier League matches this season. Hull's Michael TURNER and DISTIN are the only outfield players who could hold 100% ever-present records in this Premier League season. Peter CROUCH, who has also started all 37 of Portsmouth's Premier League games this season, is the club's top scorer of Premier League goals with 11. If selected:- Goalkeeper David JAMES will be extending the Premier League appearance record to 548. Theofanis GEKAS will be playing the day after turning 29. If on the field from the outset:- Nwankwo KANU will be making his 150th English league start (Arsenal, West Brom and Portsmouth). HEAD TO HEAD This is the eighth Premier League meeting between Wigan and Portsmouth. The sides are yet to draw. When these two last met at the JJB Stadium in October 2007, Chris Hutchings was in charge of Wigan and Harry Redknapp was the boss of Portsmouth. These are the only Premier League clubs, whose average gate is under 20,000. Home and away League (inc PL): Wigan 4 wins, Portsmouth 7, Draws 2 Prem: Wigan 3 wins, Portsmouth 4, Draws 0 at Wigan only League (inc PL): 2 wins, Portsmouth 4, Draws 0 Prem: Wigan 1 win, Portsmouth 2, Draws 0 LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME Wigan Athletic 0-2 Portsmouth 20 December 2007 - Ref: Peter Walton Portsmouth scorers: Mwaruwari 81, Johnson 86 THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan Athletic 1 November 2008 - Ref: Peter Walton Portsmouth scorer: Kranjcar 82 Wigan scorers: Zaki 45 pen, Heskey 90 REFEREE Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)

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