Monday, 16 August 2010

Premier League Preview - Wigan

Wigan Athletic

Wigan finished 16th last season fighting off relegation, and picking up some impressive victories along the way including a 3-1 win over Chelsea and 3-2 comeback victory over Arsenal. But on the other hand, Wigan took two of the worse beatings in Premiership history including an 8-0 defeat to Chelsea, and a 9-1 defeat to Tottenham.

This season, manager Roberto Martinez has his work cut out, losing experienced players Paul Scharner, Mario Melchiot, Erik Edman and Titus Bramble. He has therefore signed right back Ronnie Stam from FC Twente and Paraguayan centreback Antolin Alcaraz from Club Brugge in order to shore up the new defence, while up front Martinez signed Argentinean 25 year old Mauro Boselli from Estudiantes for £6.4million.

Key Player: Chris Kirkland

The 29 year old has over 100 appearances for Wigan, making himself one of the most senior members in the club. His experience, as well a forthright ability is what’s needed if Wigan are to stay up. Kirkland has personal motivation to get back into the England squad, especially with the lack of quality England goalkeepers about right now, he has to perform well.

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Key Signing: Mauro Boselli

The 25 year old has an eye for goal, and an impressive goal scoring record back in Argentina. He scored 32 times in 57 appearances, and has two international caps for Argentina. Needs to link up well with Rodallega if he is to keep Wigan up.

Aims: Avoid Relegation

Prediction: 18th

Charles N’zogbia has expressed his desire to quit the club, and is trying to fashion a move out of the DW Stadium. Now with the calibre of players who have left, Martinez has only two real quality players at the club and I cannot see them staying up.

First Five Fixtures: Blackpool (H), Chelsea (H), Tottenham (A), Sunderland (H), Man City (H)

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