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03 May 2010 01:30
Wigan Athletic v Hull City

Follow every kick as Wigan Athletic take on Hull City at The JJB Stadium in the Premier League
on 03-May-2010, kick off time 13:30

Wigan Athletic v Hull City Live

Wigan Athletic welcome a Hull City side to the DW Stadium on Monday that were effectively relegated from the Premier League last weekend. Iain Dowie has failed in his quest to keep the KC Stadium outfit in the top-flight for a third successive campaign as they sit six points adrift of West Ham United with two games remaining. Hull need to turn a 23-goal difference around while winning against the Latics and Liverpool on the final day of the campaign to stand any chance of progression, so their chances look somewhat slim. Roberto Martinez's Wigan have little else to play for other than pride at this late stage in the season, but they will want to send their fans into the summer with a resounding triumph. However, a home win isn't a banker on recent Wigan form. They have collected just three wins in their previous 16 league fixtures while grabbing four points out of a possible 15 recently. Wigan have been the Jekyll and Hyde side this term, winning against Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa while losing handsomely at rock-bottom Portsmouth, crashing 9-1 at Tottenham Hotspur and falling out of the FA Cup to Notts County in February. But they may well be confident of improving their lacklustre record with a Hull side that have collected just four points from a possible 33. To make matters worse, they have scored just one goal in their previous five outings. Wigan midfield enforcer Hendry Thomas could miss out with a hip problem while back-up goalkeeper Richard Kingson will miss the run-in with a groin strain. Dowie brings his beleaguered squad to Lancashire without a number of first-team players. Richard Garcia (knee), Stephen Hunt (ankle) and Ian Ashbee (cruciate ligament) will all miss out while Dean Marney (virus) will be hoping to shake off his bug to feature. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who suffered a sickening head injury against Aston Villa on April 21, could make a return. Earlier in the season, the Tigers ground out a 2-1 win over Wigan on Humberside. Vennegoor of Hesselink and Geovanni put the hosts in control but a late Scott Sinclair effort reduced the deficit. Last season, Hull were demolished on home soil 5-0 as the Latics handed them an early Premier League lesson in August 2008. A Sam Ricketts own goal opened the floodgates before Antonio Valencia doubled the lead. Quick-fire goals from Amr Zaki and Emile Heskey extended their lead before Zaki grabbed his second to complete the rout. In the reverse fixture, a late Ben Watson winner handed Wigan a 1-0 success last March.

Source: DSG