Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Matchday: Wigan Vs Liverpool

Liverpool FC will be looking to continue their resurgence under their new owners as they travel to the DW Stadium on Wednesday night for their mid- week Premier League fixture against Wigan Athletic. After three consecutive victories in the league, the last one coming against defending champions Chelsea, Liverpool have made their way back to the top half of the table and lie only five points adrift of Manchester City in the much-coveted fourth position. Wigan, on the other hand, have taken only one point from their last three matches, a 1-1 draw at home against Bolton, and presently lie in the relegation zone. On paper, it should be an easy game for Liverpool but given the uncanny habit that Liverpool have of dropping points against weaker oppositions, Roy Hodgson's men must ensure that their dream run does not end against a team battling relegation. Injuries to defenders have been a thorn in Roy 's side in recent times but Martin Kelly's impressive performance at right back against Chelsea means that although Glen Johnson may be in contention for a return to the first team, there is no need to hurry him into it and risk a longer absence. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is still out with tonsillitis and Joe Cole will also miss the game after failing to recover from his hamstring injury. Fabio Aurelio and Ryan Babel are reportedly fit but Roy may be reluctant to throw them into the mix immediately. The other big name missing is of course Daniel Agger who is out for quite some time. Martin Hansen will continue to be Pepe Reina 's deputy as Brad Jones is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Roberto Martinez also has selection problems of his own. Steve Gohouri is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card against Blackburn Rovers in the last game and Emmerson Boyce is probably not fit for a return yet. So, the full-back position might pose a problem for Martinez. Also, midfielder James McCarthy is still out recovering from an ankle operation. Wigan will be looking to take heart from the corresponding result last season as Rodallega's goal gave the Latics all three points. However, it is the only encounter that has gone their way with the results reading 9-2-1 in Liverpool 's favour. Given the way the Liverpool juggernaut is rolling at the moment, come Wednesday night, the match might seem much longer than only ninety minutes to Roberto Martinez and his men. Anything other than a comprehensive Liverpool win would be a surprise indeed.

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