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Leading up to this game Newcastle were on a four game losing streak, but after a brace from Demba Ba and a moment of class from Gael Bigirimana, we were back to winning ways.
Newcastle lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in which Ba and Cisse interchanged between winger and striker. Newcastle looked a different side, they were playing the ball crisply with Vurnon Anita a standing out as the controller of the pace of the game.
It came from a nice passing move that newcastle got their first goal, with Ba …

West Brom travel to Wigan on Saturday in hope of picking up their first three points on the road this season, albeit they have only played four games away from The Hawthorns so far, collecting two points in the process during visits to White Hart Lane and Villa Park respectively, both games ending 1-1.
Historically the DW Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Baggies who seem to put in some of their worst performances against the Latics for one reason or the other.  Our only Premier League success there came …

It was a match of no-match if purely looking at the league position of Wigan and Everton prior to the game. However, each team dominated half of the game and a draw seemed to be a fair result. Martinez would have thought they deserved all three points, but his failure to react to increasing pressure on the defence may have cost them two points.
Roberto Martinez played the usual 3-4-3 formation with a simple but effective counter attack plan. With the less mobile Jelavic as the lone striker, the right centre …

The greatest club competition in the world is back. No, not the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy! The Champions League, scene of Chelsea’s greatest triumph, only a few months ago. The stage for the greatest players in the world. The unfathomable script, and storylines that can play out over the competition and give bloggers like me those vital few extra inches of column.
Manchester City could be forgiven for thinking that they have been given the toughest draw. Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax. Tough luck, City fans! This is what will be …

Barclays Premier League
Venue: DW Stadium  Kick Off: 13:30 Sunday 19th August
The last time that Chelsea faced Wigan on the opening day of the season was in 2005 when The Blues came out as 1-0 victors after a last gasp Hernan Crespo goal. This time though Chelsea will have to rely on an unpredictable Fernando Torres who won the golden boot in the European Championships this summer.
Marko Marin still has to wait for his Chelsea debut as he is again ruled out through injury. However Eden Hazard and Oscar are …

Wigan has been portrayed as a rugby town for quite some time now.  Though, I believe it only takes twenty minutes watching Martinez’s side to recognise that this side can give all the best teams in the league a run for their money.  Martinez has remained positive throughout the rocky times Wigan have endured, which has been acknowledged by the rest of the football community.  There may not be a Ronaldinho, a Messi, or a Ballon d’Or contender in the team, but there’s a very well balanced, well gelled team their which will be …

While Roberto Mancini is embracing a dramatic season at Manchester and Roberto Di Matteo has single-handedly overturned Chelsea’s fate this, another manager named Roberto played a miraculous trick just 16 miles northwest of Manchester.
Roberto Martinez never looked like the man to power Wigan back to the level of performance they endured in their glorious first season in Premier League. Nevertheless, he has quickly built up the reputation as an expert in relegation battle, having twice escaped from demotion Championship in his first two seasons at Wigan.
The fans would be of …

The January transfer window, a time when we see wild rumours fly around, a time when every fan thinks they’re a journalist and can make up a rumour and pass it on as a fact, a time when journalists and media outlets think that they hold all the cards on when a player will move and where too and for how much when in reality for however much gets said only a small percentage of that will be done.
I have no problem with the January transfer window, if anything I …

Going into this game Tottenham were looking for their third successive win in the Premier League while Wigan were trying to end their two game losing sequence.  The match at Wigan would be a test of Tottenham’s new found resolve and if it would stand up to battling it out against a team in the lower regions of the League.
Wigan Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Scorers: Diame                 Van der Vaart, Bale
Team: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Modric, Parker, Sandro (Livermore), Bale; Van der Vaart (Giovani), Adebayor …

With the season fast approaching, it’s time to take a stab at what will unfold over the next 8 months:
Champions: Manchester City
I hate to say it but City seemed to have finally welded their collection of individuals into a team at the back end of last year. They will be dangerous and with probable signing Sergio Aguero coming to town, it’s quite possible.
The Top 6:
United: 2nd
Chelsea: 3rd
Arsenal: 4th
Liverpool: 5th
Spurs: 6th
Never discount the gritty Man Utd as they look to win their 20th championship, but the lack of a create central midfielder could cost …