Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(47) 23 Goals 37 (45)
(32) 20 Assists 28 (32)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
25.4 Average Age 29.4
180 Average Height (cm) 181.6
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(51%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 45% (47%)
(0.5) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.5)
(1.6) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Andreas Weimann Out 6.78
Stilian Petrov Out N/A
Charles N'Zogbia Out 6.61
Richard Dunne Out N/A
Ron Vlaar Out 7
Gabriel Agbonlahor Out 6.75
Nathan Baker Out 6.97
Darren Bent Out 6.49
Gary Gardner Out 6.04
Fabian Delph Out 6.84
Player Reason Status Rating
Ryo Miyaichi Out 6.15
Adrián López Out 6.92
Albert Crusat Out N/A
Ben Watson Out 6.66
Antolin Alcaraz Doubtful 6.97

Team News

  • After two dismal results the last thing Paul Lambert needed is for his injury list to grow, but with Weimann and Baker both out, along with Vlaar, N'Zogbia and Agbonlahor, things are looking bleak at Villa Park.
  • The side are likely to revert back to a 4-man defence, with Herd and Clark potentially the only fit senior players able to play at centre-back.
  • It seems that Lambert is unsure of his best midfield, though he will definitely be without Fabian Delph, whose booking against Spurs was his fifth in domestic competitions this season.
  • Ivan Ramis is back fit and could return to the backline to allow Boyce to move to his favoured right wing-back role, with Stam dropping to the bench.
  • Di Santo should return to the XI up front, with McArthur moving back into the midfield where he will compete for a place with David Jones.
  • Elsewhere the main decision will be whether to start Gomez or Maloney, with the latter potentially facing his former club this weekend.

Prediction

  • Undoubtedly one of the most important games of the weekend sees Villa look to build a gap ahead of the relegation zone in the knowledge that defeat would see them drop below Wigan and potentially back into the bottom three.
  • Lambert's young side are therefore likely to be nervous and may take time to settle into the game, and Martinez will look to exploit the fact that the home fans will expect a win after back-to-back drubbings over Christmas.
  • Villa have only ever beaten Wigan at home once in the league, though it did come last season, scoring just 4 times over their 7 encounters at Villa Park, and this is likely to be a tense affair with both sides desperate to avoid defeat.
Prediction:
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Comments (3)

 
  • villa horrible, i think wigan can steal this, kone can score, both desperate. hard to tell. i say slight advantage to wigan, shaun maloney has some tricks up his sleeve.

  • 0-0 there both equally shit.

  • Most important game of the weekend! Come on Villa!

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