Premier League preview: Another close-run thing for unsinkable Wigan and Martinez

09 August 2010 12:16
Remarkable to think a team thrashed 9-1 and 8-0 managed to avoid relegation last season. Unsurprisingly, Wigan had the Premier League's worst goal difference but they are beginning to look unsinkable.

This will be their sixth season in the top flight previously finishing 10th, 17th, 14th, 11th, 16th and promises to be another test for the managerial talents and pure footballing philosophy of Roberto Martinez.

The departures of experienced duo Melchiot and Scharner can't help but expect their places to be taken by someone Spanish or South American. 

Loopy Lactics: Wigan conceded more than eight goals twice yet also beat Arsenal and Liverpool last season

Boss's toughest jobUniting the two Wigans. Too often last season, Martinez's men had 'one of those days' where they shipped goals. It kills momentum and morale in one afternoon.

Hiccup on horizonClub with few fans so always vulnerable. If gate receipts are low, money to spend for the manager is too and that could lead to eventual tumbling down the leagues.

The numbers game2-1 - Wigan have lost by this score in three of their last four first-day fixtures 79 - Prior to Wigan, no Premier League team had conceded more than 70 goals in a season 18 - The number of headed goals they gave away last season

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Ins/Outs In - Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes, £6.5m, left), Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, loan), Antonin Alcaraz (Club Brugge, free), James McArthur (Hamilton, £1m), Ronnie Stam (Twente, £3m)

Out - Tomas Cywka (Derby, free), Titus Bramble (Sunderland, £1m), Antonio Amaya (Rayo, loan), Paul Scharner (released), Mario Melchiot (Umm Salal, free), Jason Koumas (Cardiff, loan)

Touch of class: Martinez moved quickl for South American Mauro Boselli

Keep an eye out forCallum McManaman Age: 19 Position: Striker

Came through Everton's youth system, but his future is in Wigan's first team. Looking to follow in cousin, Steve's footsteps.

Fan's viewBrian Platt: Top of the bottom half is our aim.


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Source: Daily_Mail