Premier League: Wigan v West Ham match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The DW Stadium
Friday 26 October 2012
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
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
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.
Wigan to win: 2.20
West Ham to win: 3.10
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm
Latest in Sport
Raheem Sterling to Manchester City: Winger to report for Liverpool training on today but Reds braced for third City bid this week
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Manchester City transfer news: City determined to sign Paul Pogba and meet £71m British transfer record
Liverpool to confirm Sean O'Driscoll and Pep Lijnders for Brendan Rodgers' backroom coaching staff
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture