Spurs host Wigan at White Hart Lane. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
If his Tottenham side can beat Wigan at White Hart Lane, then Andre Villas-Boas will have taken 20 points from his opening ten games – good going in anyone’s books. Meetings with Wigan have produced some special moments in recent years, particularly the astonishing 9-1 drubbing Spurs handed the Latics in November 2009.
But under Villas-Boas’ predeccessor Harry Redknapp, this was the kind of game Spurs often struggled in and the Portuguese will be keen to illustrate that the early season home draws against Norwich and West Brom are not the norm.
Wigan were good value for their 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend but crashed out of the League Cup at Bradford in midweek. Like Villas-Boas, Latics boss Roberto Martinez will be hoping to bounce back from the cup exit with a good performance at the Lane.
Venue White Hart Lane, Martin Atkinson
Last season Tottenham 3 Wigan 1
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 7 Y28, R1, 4.14 cards per game
Odds Tottenham 1-2 Wigan 13-2 Draw 10-3
fanatix predicted line-ups
Subs from Lloris, Cudicini, Gomes, Naughton, Dawson, Townsend, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Falqué, Adebayor
Doubtful Livermore (ankle)
Injured Dembélé (hip, 10 Nov), Assou-Ekotto (knee, 17 Nov), Kaboul (knee, Dec), Parker (achilles, Dec)
Form guide WLWWWW
Disciplinary record Y12 R1
Leading scorer Defoe 5
Subs from Pollitt, Gómez, Boselli, Miyaichi, Watson, McManaman, Jones, Fyvie, Stam, Mustoe, Golobart, López, Kiernan, Dicko
Doubtful Miyaichi (groin)
Injured Alcaraz (groin, Dec), Crusat (knee, unknown)
Form guide WLDLLL
Disciplinary record Y18 R1
Leading scorers Di Santo, Koné 3
Wigan have managed just two victories in the 15 previous meetings between the sides, but one of those came at White Hart Lane in the 2010-11 season.
Tottenham did the double over Wigan last season, winning 2-1 at the DW Stadium and 3-1 at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale scored three times in those fixtures.
The Latics have scored just 13 times in the 14 league matches between the sides, compared with Tottenham’s 32 goals.
Tottenham have scored in all nine of their league matches this season – the only other top-flight club to manage this feat is Manchester City.
Only Robin van Persie (55) and Wayne Rooney (40) have scored more Premier League goals since the start of the 2010-11 season than Clint Dempsey (31). The American has scored six league goals against Wigan – more than against any other side.
Only seven goals have been scored in the first half of Tottenham’s nine league matches this season, but 23 goals have been scored after half-time.
Wigan are the only Premier League team who have not recouped any points from losing positions this season.
Their victory over West Ham was their first win in the league in seven attempts – and their first home victory of the season.
Wigan have scored 34 Premier League goals in 2012 (excluding own goals) and none have come from an English player – they are the only club to have played in the division this calendar year without a single English scorer.
fanatix prediction: 2-1. Spurs to go marching on.