Wigan v Aston Villa: Premier League match preview

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

Following a week of elation and disappointment for relegated Wigan, they go into this fixture looking to end their stay in the Premier League on a high by beating Aston Villa at the DW Stadium.

Roberto Martinez’s men, who had their relegation confirmed on Tuesday after they were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal, will be hoping that they can give their fans something to cheer about in the Premier League and do the double over Villa. They will however be without Callum Mcmanaman for this fixture, the in-form winger suffered ankle ligament damage at the Emirates and has been ruled out for three months.

Aston Villa will be without top scorer Christian Benteke for this clash, as Paul Lambert’s men can relax going into this game knowing their Premier League survival is secure.

Lambert’s young side can take confidence going into next season, knowing that they survived a tough season in the Premier League. Andreas Weimann and Ashley Westwood are two of the younger players who proved that they have what it takes to flourish in the Premier League and they will be hoping to give the Villa fans something to smile about on Sunday.

 

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 3 (Ramis, Boyce, Kone), Premier League, December 2012

Wigan 0 Aston Villa 0, Premier League, February 2012

Aston Villa 2 (Bent, Agbonlahor) Wigan 0, Premier League, October 2011

 

STATS…

Wigan have failed to win any of their last six home games to Aston Villa.

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has assisted or scored in 51 per cent of Aston Villa’s goals this season – the highest in the Premier League.

Aston Villa have picked up 65 per cent of their points this season against other sides in the bottom half of the table.

 

ODDS…

Wigan to win: 2.12

Aston Villa to win: 3.8

Draw: 3.65

 

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm

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