Wigan 17th Nov 2012 KO 1500 GMT Home

Liverpool will be hoping to improve upon a poor home record – just seven victories have been picked up in our last 25 league games – with the visit of Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic to Anfield. The 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Sunday was our 6th stalemate in 11 league games this season and our 200th in the Premier League since its formation.

With Liverpool having won two of the 11 Premier League games played so far this season, the Reds will be hoping to claim maximum points against Martinez’s side but our record against the Spaniard is surprisingly poor, with just one win from six encounters against his Wigan team – and two wins from our last nine encounters with the Latics dating back to January 2008.

The corresponding fixture last season saw the Reds suffer a 1-2 defeat at Anfield with Luis Suarez scoring an equaliser after a penalty from Shaun Maloney had given Wigan the lead on the half hour mark. Gary Caldwell sealed the Latics’ first ever victory at Anfield with a 63rd minute strike.

There will be special interest in Muscat for this game as Ali Al Habsi, the only GCC national playing in the English Premeire League, is the Wigan goalkeeper.

TEAM NEWS
Fabio Borini (foot), Lucas (thigh) and Martin Kelly (knee) are all ruled out for Liverpool while Pepe Reina (hamstring) is a doubt.

Liverpool have yet to sign a player directly from Wigan Athletic but six Reds have made the short trip north to join the Latics. Chris Kirkland is the most recent and most expensive player sold after he signed a permanent deal with Wigan in October 2007 for a fee of £3.5m following a successful period on loan.

Wigan focus most of their attacking down the left hand side with Figueroa. They try and play possession based football with a team shaped based on width. Wigan like to pass the ball and attack but at the same time leave plenty of spaces for counter attacks. they have a very consistent first eleven.

Predicted Line Up

——————–Reina————————
—Enrique—Agger—Skrtel—Johnson—
—–Allen—–Gerrard—–Shelvey—–
—–Assaidi—–Suarez—–Sterling—–

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