Midfielder James McArthur is rated as only 50-50 to play for Wigan against West Brom on Saturday due to a dead leg. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will again be without wingers Ryo Miyaichi (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee). The Latics will be aiming to build on their surprising 1-0 win away to Tottenham last weekend which followed a 2-1 victory against West Ham.
West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is on standby to play his first senior game for the club in 21 months in Saturday's Premier League clash at Wigan. Myhill will step in if number one Ben Foster fails to recover from a recurring groin problem which resulted in him seeing a specialist in Germany on Thursday. Key midfielder James Morrison will be available should he suffer no adverse reaction on returning to training after missing the 2-0 home win against Southampton on Monday with a hamstring injury.
Roberto Martinez (Wigan): "We’re looking forward to the next game this weekend knowing that we’re facing a team who sit high in the table on merit. West Brom have had a phenomenal start to the season and if anything they perhaps deserve to have more points on the board than they do already. They have a strong unit of players who have been together for a long time now and Steve Clarke has brought a new approach to the team which has proved very successful. They have real flexibility in their team and use the counter-attack to their advantage with players like Peter Odemwingie who can exploit the space he finds together with the likes of Shane Long. We’re delighted with the result we picked up last weekend and with the consistency we’ve found in our performances lately, so we’re exciting about the next challenge which will arguably be one of the toughest this season.”
Steve Clarke (West Brom): ""I want more, if I'm being honest. We're not getting greedy, we're not getting carried away. We know what our expectation levels are within the club. But, if I look back at our games over the season so far, with a bit more luck, we could have had more."
Marc Antoine Fortuné has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Wigan.
This is the ninth Premier League meeting between Wigan and West Brom and the Latics’ four wins have been the odd-numbered ones (first, third, fifth and seventh).
Wigan have won their last two league games; they have only won three in a row once since January 2009 (May 2012).
On home soil, the Latics have won five and lost just two of their last 10 Premier League games.
West Brom have taken 15 of their 17 Premier League points this season on home soil and are yet to register an away win this term (P4 D2 L2).
55% of the goals West Brom have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes – by far a league-high figure.
Wigan are the only Premier League side yet to claim a point having conceded the first goal this term.
Romelu Lukaku has been caught offside more frequently than any other player in the top-flight this season (every 28 minutes).
The Latics have conceded more penalties than any other side this season (four).
The Baggies have the best crossing accuracy in the Premier League this campaign, with 30% of crosses finding a teammate so far.
Wigan (13/10), West Bromwich Albion (21/10), Draw (12/5)
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