Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview

Tottenham travel North to face inconsistent Wigan on Saturday full of confidence and in the hunt for a third consecutive win and clean sheet.

The Latics will need to be wary of the North London outfit after they demolished Liverpool at White Hart Lane last week giving them their first home win of the campaign. Roberto Martinez’s side have been blown hot and cold this season winning one of their first five but are unbeaten in their first two home games. Their last fixture at the DW was a 2-0 win over QPR which saw Franco Di Santo score twice to secure victory. Since then they’ve scored just once in the league and conceded six playing away at Manchester City and Everton. Last week’s loss against the Toffee’s was disappointing for Martinez who saw his side concede two late goals after Di Santo had given them the lead at Goodison Park. The Argentinian has formed an effective partnership with Hugo Rodallega but that will be broken up this week with the Colombian set to miss the next few weeks after suffering a nasty knee injury. That could force Martinez to give Connor Sammon an extended run in the side with the youngster itching to make strides as a first team regular. An unbeaten run of six games at home should provide some comfort for Martinez and he’ll be hoping his side can repeat the performance they put in last season when they beat Spurs 1-0 on home turf.

That shouldn’t worry Harry Redknapp though who has guided his team to wins in their last two games. A 4-0 thrashing against Liverpool last week certainly silenced the critics who were out in force after Spurs poor start to the season. Emmanuel Adebayor has proved to be an astute signing scoring three goals since join on loan from rivals Manchester City. His presence up front has certainly had a positive effect on the whole squad with want away midfielder Luka Modric benefiting from the Togolese forwards introduction to the team. His all round performance and link up with Adebayor was one of the main plus points last week with the Croation also opening the scoring with an absolute thunderbolt. Jermaine Defoe has also profited from his arrival and is likely they will continue their fledgling partnership tha

t has produced five goals in the past couple of games. It would;t be a surprise to see Defoe on the scoresheet considering the England forward has hit an astonishing 10 goals against Wigan with half coming in the 9-1 win in November 2009.

Wigan are without Rodallega for the new few weeks with Emmerson Boyce, Steven Gohouri and Antolin Alcaraz also on the treatment table leaving Martinez short of options.

William Gallas and Aaron Lennon are out for Spurs whilst Benoit Assou Ekotto is out with a throat infection. Hamstring problems have sidelined Niko Kranjcar and Roman Pavlyuchenko who could miss the next couple of games.

Key Player

Victor Moses – With pace and skill in abundance the young forward will take on a role of increased prominence in Rodallega’s absence. He’ll be expected to trouble the Spurs defence at every opportunity and will be one of the Latics main goal threats.

Emmanuel Adebayor – He’s been the striker Redknapp has craved and has done a sterling job up top so far. His target man attributes and link up play have offered Spurs a new dimension not to mention his predatory instincts have brought goals already.

Verdict: 1-2

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