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Full Record of Spurs -v- Wigan

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           7  4  2  1   21 - 6  14
Away           7  3  3  1   11 - 7  12
Total(Prem)   14  7  5  2   32 -13  26
Grand Total   14  7  5  2   32 -13  26

Last Six Premier League results:-


Reading    1-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   QPR
Man Utd    2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   A. Villa
Spurs      2-4   Chelsea
S'hampton  1-2   Spurs


Man Utd    4-0   Wigan
Wigan      1-2   Fulham
S'derland  1-0   Wigan
Wigan      2-2   Everton
Swansea    2-1   Wigan
Wigan      2-1   West Ham

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs  9  5  2  2 17-13   4   17
15. Wigan  9  2  2  5 10-16  -6    8

Bring on "Danger man" Defoe!

As if to remind us of what we lost when we sold two marquee players in August, both Rafa van der Vaart and Luka Modric scored in our league games against Wigan last season. Van der Vaart began a run of five consecutive Premier League games in which he scored when we played at the DW Stadium last September, and in our 3-1 home win on January 31st this year, Luka Modric supplemented Gareth Bale's two goals. Bale scored in both the home and away fixtures.

So, after virtually a complete rest in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup game, Jermain Defoe will return, and will no doubt have thoughts about his five goal haul against Wigan in the spectacular 9-1 win in November 2009, a full three years ago. We shall certainly need both Defoe and Bale to chip in this week in a game when it is vital Spurs collect all three points, because our next two league matches are at The Etihad and The Emirates. One problem is that our best summer signing, Mousa Dembele will not be available, and there is a fear he could be out for several weeks yet with a recurring hip problem. It turns out he had that at Fulham, but aggravated it when playing recently for Belgium.

Both teams will be keen to bounce back though after their mid-week exits from this years's League Cup competition. In Wigan's case, the loss was more embarrassing because they lost at home after penalties to fourth tier side Bradford. Both teams will be making changes of course, and will field as strong a side as possible for Saturday's game.

Wigan are now in their eighth season in the Premier League, but sadly in recent years their plight has been an annual battle against relegation. Last season, safety was assured with three closing wins against Newcastle (H), Blackburn (A) and Wolves (H).

Manager Roberto Martinez has to marshall his resources carefully, and make adjustments each year, as some of his best players are creamed away by competitors. Last year Charles N'Zogbia was snapped up by Villa, and this summer Hugo Rodallega has been snapped up by Fulham, whilst Chelsea have taken on Victor Moses, although his chances there will surely be limited.

Martinez has sought to fill some of the gaps with Ivorian striker Arouna Kone, scorer of three league goals in 8 starts so far. 28 year old Spanish defender Ivan Ramis has been signed from Mallorca, and Arsenal's Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi has arrived on loan, having spent some of last season at Bolton. Apart from Kone, Wigan's main source of goals has been Franco Di Santo, formerly a Chelsea youngster.

Wigan gained their second league win of the season last week, at home to West Ham, who they also comprehensively beat 4-1 at Upton Park in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

I look forward to Spurs firing on virtually all cylinders, with Sandro, Lennon and Defoe returning to the starting line-up after their mid-week rest. It should be a convincing win!

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