A look ahead to Wigan vs Spurs

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I don’t know if it’s just me but this season seems to have been very stop start. The international breaks, the lack of FA Cup involvement and the winter snow have all contributed to the impression that despite the fact that we’re well towards the business end of the campaign, we’re yet to get into a familiar flow, for want of a better word.

Such has been the anticipation of our Champions League games, especially the ‘glamour ties’, that these too have added to staccato atmosphere rather than helped. Games like the one we have on Saturday at Wigan seem to take place in the middle of a hiatus, as though they are distractions from the main event. The Premier League is structured around the CL rather than vice versa.

In the ten league games we’ve played that have preceded Champions League fixtures we have recorded four wins, four draws and two losses so not the best of records. For comparison in the ten games that have immediately followed the European games we have won four times, drawn three and lost three, so only marginally worse when we’re in the traditionally vulnerable state of having just played against Europe’s ‘finest’.

One of the post-Europe losses occurred in August when Wigan delivered our only home defeat of the season thus far. Hugo Rodallega’s goal brought us back to earth the weekend after we’d qualified for the CL tournament proper by sorting out the Young Boys 4-0. That day we were lack lustre but Wigan defended well and even though Cudicini should’ve done better with what turned out to be the winning goal, the visitors could already have gone ahead as they regularly took us apart on the break. Kaboul nearly equalised with a header right at the death but ultimately Wigan deservedly took the three points.

The international break has as usual brought its share of injury scares. Bale, Lennon and Gallas all seem to have picked up knocks and tweaks so will all be rested probably despite the importance of getting three points from this game. We have the opportunity to put pressure on Man City before they play Sunderland on Sunday.

Wigan are desperate for points. It’s tight at the bottom but they are still bottom. Last season the great run that took us to fourth began at the DW when Defoe and Pav combined to give us a 3-0 win. It’s a familiar refrain but we desperately need these two to start firing again if we’re going to stand a chance of matching that success.

We played very well against West Ham and were unfortunate not to win. More of the same is needed, this time though with a better standard of sharpshooting to round off the good work elsewhere on the pitch.

By MF

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  1. Coming off 3 bad results I think we will win tomorrow, Wigan try to attack which will suit us, I guess with King, Wood, Gallas, Kaboul, Lennon, Bale, Palacios all out, Hudd not match fit, Hutton not trusted the team picks itself with the only decision to be 451 or 442 with Krancjar, Pienaar, Defoe and Pav battling for the 3 available positions I would go with:

    Gomes

    Corluka Dawson Bassong BAE

    Pienaar Sandro Modric Krancjar

    VDV Pavlyuchenko

    Bench- Cudicini, Hutton, Hudd, Crouch, Jenas, Defoe, ????

  2. I call this the why season why we suddenly get injuries when the Champions league games are on the menu. Van and Bale both start getting hurt and then they return for the glamour game. This has caused upset to Defoe who got his goals tally started then was rewarded with the bench. Harry should remember this Van Der Vaart never got us to the champions league and he has bean in bad form because of his supposed fitness then he stars for his country Holland. I believe Van was made to look silly when he said we are better than Arsenal and we can win the league after we beat them and since then our form has bean patchy and has damaged our chances of getting in the top four. If we fail these two will be off Bale and Van and the way he is treating Defoe and Kranjcar they will follow. with Keane Bassong Palacios Bentley Ohara Naughton Rose Walker Bostock will all leave along with the boss who has tapped himself for England and after dancing with the Prince Ciderfukinrella will be back scrubbing the Kitchen all because of tapping noises coming out of the lane.

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