Wigan v Tottenham preview

Tottenham Hotspur visits the DW Stadium for the Latics’ first home game in three weeks.

Wigan are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games at the DW Stadium, and currently sit in 15th spot in the Premier League, having won one, drawn two and lost two since the 2011/12 campaign began.

Spurs have responded well to their awful start to the season. After bad losses to Manchester United and Manchester City (3-0 and 5-1 respectively), Harry Redknapp’s side are unbeaten since, with a 2-0 win at Wolves and a 4-0 demolition of Liverpool.

Both Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker have made an instant impact since arriving at the club last month.

The pair made impressive debuts in the win at Wolves – combining for the opening goal – before playing a huge part in Sunday’s win against Liverpool.

Added to that, a now seemingly settled again, Luka Modric and its clear Tottenham are trying to put those early disappointments behind them.

Redknapp still has the headache of Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Steven Pienaar and Michael Dawson all being out of contention for selection with injuries.

However, defender William Gallas could feature in the starting line-up with the Frenchman playing a full 90 minutes for Spurs in a friendly against Brentford on Tuesday.

Spurs were also boosted by Sandro making his return against Stoke on Tuesday night, with the central midfielder playing 71 minutes for the team.

Meanwhile Harry Redknapp will be wary of former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo, the inform youngster has scored three in Wigan’s last three Premier League games

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will be without the services of star striker Hugo Rodallega.

Rodallega is sidelined with a knee injury, after being stretchered off in injury time against Everton at Goodison Park, leaving Martinez now short on attacking options.

The team’s fortunes will rely heavily on the strength of the attacking threat of Argentine striker Franco Di Santo, although Irish man Conor Sammon could come in for his first start of the season.

Despite their solid home form the Latics have won just two of their 12 Premier League encounters with Spurs, but more promisingly for Saturday, those have come in the last three meetings at the DW Stadium.

You may remember a classic November 2009 match between the two sides. Tottenham are now one of only two teams in Premier League history to score nine goals in a match, when they beat Wigan 9-1 at home.

Coming back to London from trips to Wigan with three points secured will be the difference between Spurs finishing in the Champions League places come the end of season, or placing 5th or 6th.

The pressure will be on this Saturday.


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