In-form Toffees take on relegation threatened Latics.
It’s been more than seven years since Wigan Athletic last won at Goodison Park. It occurred in their first season as a Premier League club and was in the midst of a stunning nine-game unbeaten run which took them up to second in the table.
Of those nine matches, eight were wins. The current Wigan side will travel to Everton in very different form.
Without a victory in five matches, having accumulated just four points from their last eight games, the Latics have fallen back into an all too familiar pattern and an all too familiar position in the bottom three.
And what a time to meet Everton, who are currently displaying the kind of form which make them genuine Champions League hopefuls.
On a six-game unbeaten run, having suffered just one defeat in their last 15 Premier League games, the Blues will already be reflecting on where they could have been had things gone just a little differently.
Still perplexed at becoming Reading’s only victims this campaign, if they’d had managed to turn just a couple of their nine draws into victories they’d be in hot pursuit of the Manchester duo.
Not that David Moyes will be disappointed with their current fifth place standing, especially as three of their next four games are at home, including a fascinating clash against Chelsea at the weekend. It all accentuates the importance for Everton of avoiding any slip-ups against Wigan.
As for Roberto Martinez, though used to such predicaments, he’ll be aware this is the beginning of a pivotal run of games, with three of the next five against sides in the pack of clubs just above them. A heartening performance at Goodison Park would be an ideal way to begin.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Kick-off 15.00 GMT
TV: Highlights, BBC ONE Match of the Day.
Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Osman, Neville, Gibson, Pienaar; Anichebe, Jelavic.
Out: Fellaini (both suspended), Mirallas (hamstring), Hibbert (calf).
Test: Coleman (unspecified)
Wigan (Possible 3-4-3): Al Habsi; Stam, Boyce, Figueroa; McArthur, Jones, McCarthy, Beausejour; Maloney, Kone, Di Santo.
Out: Lopez (hamstring), Watson (broken leg), Miyaichi (ankle), Crusat (knee), Alcaraz (groin).
Tests: McCarthy (ankle), Ramis (hamstring).
Referee: Lee Mason (Matches 12, R0 Y41).
Four of the last five Premier League meetings between the two sides have ended in draws.
Everton are unbeaten against Wigan in their last eight games (W4 D4).
Everton are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League home matches.
Only Manchester City (one) have lost fewer Premier League games than Everton (two) this season.
The Toffees have drawn nine league games this season – only Stoke (10) have drawn more.
David Moyes side have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – their best top-flight run since a 24-match streak in 1985-86.
But they are without a clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games.
Wigan have lost four and drawn one of their last five Premier League games.
Only QPR (37) have conceded more goals than the Latics (33) in the top flight this season.
And only the Hoops, Stoke and Aston Villa (15) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Wigan (18).
Roberto Martinez’s side have given away six Premier League penalties this season – one more than any other side.
The Latics have conceded the opening goal in 12 Premier League games this season.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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