Premier League: Wigan v West Ham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The DW Stadium

West Ham are sitting pretty in seventh in the table - just one point behind fourth-placed Everton - and recent wins over Queens Park Rangers and Southampton have lifted their spirits.

Sam Allardyce’s side will have revenge on their minds as they were embarrassed by Wigan 4-1 in a home League Cup tie earlier this season. Allardyce branded his side's defending 'rubbish' and 'comical' in that match and he will be sure to remind his players of that abject display before Saturday’s game.

After a solid start to the season, Wigan have won only once since August and that win came against The Hammers. Part of their problem has been their predictability as six of their eight goals have come from Ivorian Arouna Kone and Argentine Franco Di Santo.

 



KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Ham 1 (Maiga) Wigan 4 (Boselli 2, Ramis, Gomez), Capital One Cup, September 2012

Wigan 3 (Nzogbia 2, Sammon) West Ham 2 (Ba 2), Premier League, September 2011

Stoke 3 (Carew, Huth 2) Sunderland 2 (Richardson, Gyan), Premier League, May 2011

 

STATS...

Just three of the West Ham players who started in their 4-1 Capital One Cup loss to Wigan began the 4-1 win over Southampton on Saturday

West Ham have netted 12 goals this season, with four of those coming from influential captain Kevin Nolan

 

CLASSIC MATCH...

With only one game of the season remaining in May 2011, West Ham squandered a 2-0 lead away at Wigan as the Latics' Charles N'Zogbia's late winner condemned the Hammers to relegation.

 

ODDS...

Wigan to win: 2.20

West Ham to win: 3.10

Draw: 3.25

 

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm

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