Premier League: Wigan v Sunderland match preview

look ahead to this Saturday’s Premier League match at the DW Stadium

There were contrasting fortunes for these sides in the midweek FA Cup replays. While Wigan won 1-0 away to 18-game unbeaten Bournemouth, Sunderland lost at home to Championship side Bolton.

Martin O’Neill admitted his frustration with Sunderland’s lack of consistency, following up an excellent 3-0 league win over West Ham with a tame cup exit.  For all the talent at his disposal, O’Neill’s side appears unable to go on a run of good results to put relegation worries to bed.

Wigan have, as ever, been similarly inconsistent. They finished 2012 with a 3-0 win at Aston Villa and began 2013 by falling 4-0 at home to Manchester United. Their last Premier League game was a 1-1 draw at Fulham, in which Roberto Martinez’s men largely outplayed their opponents.

Wigan are perched on the edge of the relegation zone, above Aston Villa on goal difference, but have been boosted by key midfielder Shaun Maloney extending  his contract to 2015. They have also signed goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Martinez has no new injury concerns, but remains without long-term absentees Ivan Ramis, Antolin Alcaraz, Adrian Lopez, Ben Watson, Ryo Miyaichi and Albert Crusat. Sunderland have new signings Alfred N’Diaye and Kader Mangane available.



KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm



Sunderland 1 (Fletcher) Wigan 0, Premier League, September 2012

Wigan 1 (Rodallega) Sunderland 4 (Gardner, McLean, Sessegnon, Vaughan), Premier League, January 2012

Sunderland 1 (Larsson) Wigan 2 (Gomez, Di Santo), Premier League, November 2011



Out of 19 league meetings, Wigan have won six, Sunderland six and there have been seven draws.

Wigan have conceded 22 goals at home in the league this season – the most of any top-flight club – and have two wins out of 11 home games, the last of those a 3-2 victory over Reading in November.

Sunderland have two away wins in the Premier League this season – against Fulham and Southampton.

Steven Fletcher scored the winner against Wigan in September, his fifth in his first four games for Sunderland, but then failed to find the net again until 18 November.

Fletcher has eight Premier League goals for Sunderland – Wigan’s top scorers, Jordi Gomez and Arouna Kone, have six apiece.



Wigan to win: 2.16

Sunderland to win: 3.85

Draw: 3.55


TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam