Premier League Preview: Wigan (H)

Premier League Preview: Wigan (H)
March 22, 2012 Gary Fulcher

Liverpool face another side deep in relegation trouble in the shape of Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Saturday. After losing a two goal lead – and subsequently all three points – against Q.P.R. on Wednesday evening, this is the opportunity to bounce back and show some form at home against Roberto Martinez’s side.  The reverse fixture at the DW Stadium in December ended 0-0, meaning the Reds have been unable to beat Wigan in any of the previous four league meetings between the two clubs and have drawn the last three encounters: twice at Wigan and once at Anfield.

STATS

Wigan’s tally of 25 goals scored is the lowest in the top division and they’ve failed to find the back of the net on 11 occasions. Only Bolton Wanderers (12) have failed to score on more occasions this season. The Latics’ failure to score goals on a regular basis is compounded by their vulnerability in defence. They’ve kept just four clean sheets all season – with three coming at home, annoyingly one of them against Liverpool – and to further highlight their vulnerability at the back, a game has ended with the Latics conceding two goals on five occasions, three goals on seven occasions, four goals on two occasions and five goals on one occasion.

Liverpool’s Premier League record against Wigan Athletic at Anfield:

•    P: 6 W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 12 A: 5 GD: +7 Pts: 14

Liverpool’s overall record against Wigan Athletic in the league:

•    Total – P: 13 W: 7 D: 5 L: 1 F: 20 A: 8
•    Home – P: 6 W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 12 A: 5
•    Away – P: 7 W: 3 D: 3 L: 1 F: 8 A: 3

Liverpool’s biggest league victories and defeats v Wigan Athletic at Anfield:

•    Biggest win (overall): 3-0 (3/12/2005)
•    Biggest defeat (overall): N/A
•    Biggest win (Premier League): 3-0 (3/12/2005)
•    Biggest defeat (Premier League): N/A

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