West Ham v Wigan

26 November 2010 11:47
West Ham hope to welcome back captain Scott Parker from a chest infection.Fellow midfielder Mark Noble is awaiting results of a scan after sustaining a leg injury at Liverpool. [LNB]Wigan will be without suspended duo Hugo Rodallega and Antolin Alcaraz following their red cards at Manchester United last weekend. [LNB]Gary Caldwell may return from a thigh injury, while on-loan Tom Cleverley is back after missing the game against parent club United. [LNB][LNB]West Ham[LNB]Doubtful: Behrami (hip), Noble (leg), Parker (chest infection) [LNB]Injured: Ben Haim (foot), Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee), Da Costa (ankle), Hitzlsperger (thigh) [LNB]Wigan[LNB]Suspended: Alcaraz (one match), Rodallega (three matches) [LNB]Doubtful: G Caldwell (thigh) [LNB]Injured: Boyce (hamstring), McCarthy (ankle) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW The distress signal has gone out and the message is clear: 'save our season' is the cry from the West Ham board as the Premier League's bottom club host fellow strugglers Wigan on Saturday.[LNB] The board has designated this match the 'save our season game'... A capacity crowd roaring the team on to victory just three days before the huge Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester United on Tuesday could kick-start the season West Ham statement With nearly two thirds of the season remaining, the board's very public 'SOS' may seem a drastic measure, but these are drastic times at Upton Park. The Hammers are propping up the league after winning just one of their 14 matches, and are five points adrift of third-from-bottom Wigan. [LNB]The board insist Avram Grant's position as manager is safe, but they clearly feel he needs all the help he can get. Out goes assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic, in comes former Brentford boss Wally Downes as a defensive coach, while ticket prices have been slashed to encourage maximum support. [LNB]Last season, the Hammers bounced back from defeat at Liverpool to claim a dramatic victory over Wigan that proved decisive in their fight to beat the drop. The outcome of Saturday's match could prove an equally defining moment. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• West Ham have won three of their last four Premier League matches against Wigan. [LNB]• Jonathan Spector has twice scored own goals while playing for West Ham against Wigan at Upton Park. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match West Ham[LNB]• Avram Grant has been at rock bottom for a year: he has not spent a single day outside of the Premier League relegation zone since taking over at Portsmouth on 26 November 2009. Portsmouth were never off the bottom, while West Ham have only spent three weeks higher than 20th this season. [LNB]• The Hammers are without a win in their last eight Premier League matches. Their sole victory in the league this season was 1-0 at home to Tottenham on 25 September. [LNB]• They have scored just five goals from open play, fewer than any other side in the top flight. [LNB]Wigan[LNB]• Wigan have only won one of their last 14 Premier League away games. [LNB]• The Latics have the least effective attack in the division, with 10 goals scored in 14 matches. [LNB]• According to Opta stats, the Latics have the lowest goals-to-shots ratio in the Premier League this season (6.9%) and West Ham the second lowest (7.5%). [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]West Ham[LNB]Piquionne: 5 goals (4 league); Parker: 5 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB]Wigan[LNB]Rodallega: 4 goals (4 league); N'Zogbia: 4 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Halsey [LNB]Assistant referees: Simon Beck & Martin Yerby [LNB]Fourth official: Trevor Kettle [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS West Ham (L0-3 v Liverpool, a): Green, Jacobsen, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga (Tomkins 76), Piquionne, Noble, Kovac, Boa Morte, Obinna (Barrera 46), Cole (McCarthy 69). Subs Not Used: Stech, Reid, Spector, Nouble. [LNB]Wigan (L0-2 v Man Utd, a): Al Habsi, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam (McArthur 80), Diame, Thomas, Gomez (Moses 58), N'Zogbia (Di Santo 80), Rodallega. Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Watson, Boselli, McManaman.

Source: BBC_Sport