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Full Record of Spurs -v- Wigan

 
Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           5  3  2  0   18 - 4  11
Away           4  1  2  1    6 - 6   5
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Total(Prem)    9  4  4  1   24 -10  16
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Grand Total    9  4  4  1   24 -10  16
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Wigan

Wolves     0-2   Wigan
Blackburn  1-2   Wigan
Wigan      0-1   Everton
S'derland  1-1   Wigan
Wigan      1-1   Stoke
Wigan      0-0   Bolton

Spurs
 
Spurs      0-0   Hull
Liverpool  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Fulham
B'mingham  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   A. Villa
Wolves     1-0   Spurs

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6 Spurs  26 12  7  7  45-26  19  43
14 Wigan  25  6  7 12  26-49 -23  25
No motivation required.

There should be no additional motivation required by either team in the recently re-named DW stadium at Wigan on Sunday. Wigan have a little matter of a 9-1 defeat to try and avenge, whilst Spurs need to regain some winning league form to stay in contention for that elusive Champions League place. This week-end two of our opponents - Man City and Liverpool - play against each other, whilst Aston Villa have a seemingly easy win at home to Burnley. Mind you, as Spurs know all too well, no game is an easy win in this league. Villa also know it because they lost their opening game of the season at home to Wigan.

It has been a difficult season for Wigan and their new manager Roberto Martinez. After that win at Villa Park they have won just 5 more Premier League games. The "Latics" have been capable of a confounding win at home to Chelsea (3-1), and unlike Spurs did manage to win at Molineux (2-0).

Wigan have only managed one win in their last eleven league games though, and home fans have not seen a league win since 28th November, when former manager Steve Bruce's Sunderland side went home with their tails between their legs. Incidentally, that win came less than a week after the humiliation at White Hart Lane, when Jermain Defoe scored his historic five goals and Tottenham generally went gung-ho. Spurs' other goals came courtesy of Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar. Bentley's goal (from a free kick) was originally counted against goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, as the ball rebounded off the bar and Kirkland's back into the net. However, the dubious goals panel has since awarded the goal to David Bentley, who is likely to have a chance to repeat the trick on Sunday, as Aaron Lennon is not yet match fit.

Those teams from Sunderland (in 13th place) downward are well and truly embroiled in this season's relegation battle, where one can probably say that two out of seven teams are going to join Portsmouth (if they survive their financial battles) in the slide down to The Championship. Apart from game four of the season, Wigan have just about managed to keep their heads above water, but they are only two points ahead of the third from bottom club at present. Wigan's goal difference is one of the worst in the league, thanks to our win, and two 5-0 defeats against Man Utd.

Wigan's main focus all season has been on ensuring a sixth Premier League season. They were knocked out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle (by 4-1) at Blackpool, and a weakened side even got knocked out of the FA Cup by Notts County in the FA Cup 4th Round at the DW stadium, in front of a paltry 5,519. At least they managed 18,000 for their 0-0 draw against fellow relegation strugglers Bolton on Wednesday night.

The Wigan pitch is attracting plenty of criticism now, where Rugby League is also played, and quality football seems to be a rare commodity. No doubt Spurs will by-pass some of the pitch with the usual quotas of high balls aimed at Peter Crouch.

Jermaine Jenas (who was not involved at all last week at Bolton) is still doubtful, and Ledley King offers the usual problem about selection, with important games to come next week against Bolton and Everton. Jonathan Woodgate is feared out for the season now, with his mysterious groin injury, for which he is seeking help in the USA. Ekotto is also still not in contention, which leaves Gareth Bale to continue his excellent form at left back.

If Spurs can play with the energy and desire they displayed in the latter stages at The Reebock, then they should come away with all three points tomorrow. I'm going for a 2-0 win.

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