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2010/2011 Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic

Wigan are holding on to their Premier League status, but will need to pick things up this year if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

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Apr. 25, 2010 - 05814094 date 24 04 2010 Copyright imago BPI Hugo Rodallega of Wigan Athletic PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxFRAxNEDxESPxSWExPOLxCHNxJPN Football men 2009 2010 England Premier League Action shot Single cut out Vdig xkg 2010 vertical Highlight premiumd Football.
Manager: Roberto Martinez
Position Last Season: 16th
Transfers In: James McArthur, Mauro Boselli, Ali Al Habsi, Antolin Alcaraz, Ronnie Stam
Transfers  Out: Titus Bramble, Tomasz Cywka, Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner

It is hard to predict how Wigan will fare this season. They have the quality to be able to push for a top half finish, whilst showing signs last season of looking way out of their depth in the Premier League, most notably when conceding nine goals against Tottenham Hotspur. Manager Robert Martinez has made some interesting signings this summer, and will be hoping that the new additions are exactly what the club needs in order to move forwards.

The manager has brought in the likes of James McArthur, Mauro Boselli, Ali Al Habsi and Antolin Alcaraz, whilst letting players such as Titus Bramble and Paul Scharner leave. Argentinian striker Boselli could prove to be an exciting signing for the club, having been crowned top scorer in last season’s Copa Libertadores when he was with Estudiantes. He is somewhat of a poacher in front of goal and could be the perfect partner for the talented Hugo Rodallega. Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz impressed during the World Cup, and looks a worthy replacement for the departed Titus Bramble.

Wigan have some talented players in their squad, with players such as Charles N’Zogbia and Victor Moses capable of changing games, and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is one of the best around in his position. Wigan managed to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool last year, proving that they are certainly worthy of their Premier League place.

It is unfortunate though, that despite being in England’s top flight for the last five years, the club are still unable to sell out the DW Stadium and continuously fall short of filling the 25,000 capacity. With attendances regularly falling below the 20,000 mark last season, Wigan will need more support behind them this year if they are to improve on last season’s finish. This factor, along with their inconsistency, is why many pundit’s have tipped them for relegation.

Caughtoffside prediction: Wigan have too much quality to be involved in a relegation battle. Expect them to make a slight improvement on last year’s final position.

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