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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(45) 27 Goals 35 (39)
(32) 24 Assists 18 (22)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
33 Average Age 31.9
180.7 Average Height (cm) 180.5
(0.9) 0.9 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(47%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 44% (45%)
(0.5) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.5)
(1.5) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Ben Watson Out 6.7
Albert Crusat Out N/A
Ryo Miyaichi Out 6.15
Piscu Out 6.94
Antolin Alcaraz Out 7.03
Iván Ramis Out 6.72
Mike Pollitt Doubtful N/A
Arouna Koné Out 6.87
Player Reason Status Rating
Wes Brown Out N/A
Danny Rose Out 7
Carlos Cuellar Out 7.16
John O'Shea Doubtful 6.91
Steven Fletcher Doubtful 6.96

Team News

  • Emmerson Boyce will be needed in defence once again after Ivan Ramis was ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage sustained in the draw with Fulham.
  • Ronnie Stam will play on the right side of midfield to fill in for Boyce.
  • Jordi Gomez will play up front with Kone at the African Cup of Nations.
  • Lee Cattermole made his return to first team action from the bench in the FA Cup in midweek, making his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury in November.
  • Steven Fletcher missed the FA Cup tie due to illness but Martin O'Neill is hopeful of having him back in action this weekend.
  • After a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham last weekend there is little reason for O'Neill to change his starting XI if all of those players are available.


  • Wigan played extremely well at Craven Cottage last week and may well have come away with more than the point they did in the end. After beating Aston Villa as well, they are now unbeaten in their last 2 away games, so they may be disappointed to return to the DW Stadium, where they have won none of their last 4 games.
  • Sunderland got a positive result last weekend after back-to-back defeats in their previous games, and in doing so the Black Cats moved themselves 6 points clear of the relegation zone, a fact they will be very happy with.
  • Sunderland have won 3 of their last 4 meetings with Wigan, including an impressive 4-1 win in this fixture last season almost exactly a year ago. Both teams are inconsistent this season and either team could win, but most likely they will simply cancel each other out.
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