Premier League: West Ham v Wigan Athletic match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Upton Park
Friday 19 April 2013
Wigan will want to complete a hat trick of victories over West Ham this season as they look to climb out of the relegation zone when they travel to Upton Park on Saturday.
The Latics will face a West Ham side who have taken six points from their last four games, including draws against Liverpool and Manchester United, with striker Andy Carroll in form with three goals in the four games and a bruising performance on Wednesday against the champions elect.
Wigan, who are 17th, can put pressure on Aston Villa who are three points above them (although Wigan have a game in hand) and play Manchester United on Monday. Roberto Martinez's side will need to continue the form that saw them push Manchester City at the Etihad where a late winner cost them a point.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Wigan 2 (Ivan Ramis, James Mcarthur) West Ham 1 (James Tomkins) Premier League, October 2012
West Ham 1 (Maiga) Wigan 4 (Boselli 2, Ramis, Gomez) Capital One Cup, September 2012
Wigan 3 (N’Zogbia 2, Sammon) West Ham 2 (Demba Ba) Premier League, May 2011
In 19 matches between West Ham and Wigan there have been only two draws, one at each sides' ground.
Both sides score more than a goal a game on average in this fixture. West Ham score 1.53 goals a game and Wigan score 1.42.
West Ham’s biggest win over Wigan was 4-0, the first match played between the two sides when they met in the second tier in 2003.
Wigan’s biggest win was in September at the start of this season in the League Cup when they won 4-1.
Wigan will contest the FA Cup final against Manchester City next month, but no team has ever won the cup and been relegated in the same season.
West Ham to win: 2.34
Wigan to win: 3.35
TV: Highlights on BBC1 match of the day at 10.30pm
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