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Goodison Park | 17th September 2011 15:00

Everton v Wigan

Team News (new)

Royston Drenthe scored for Everton Reserves as they beat Aston Villa on Tuesday night and will be hoping to make his full Premier League debut on Saturday against Wigan.

John Heitinga (calf) missed the first-team's 2-2 draw with Villa on Saturday but will be hoping to return for the Blues' fourth league game of the season. Magaye Gueye stepped up his claims for a return with two assists for the second string in midweek.

Summer signings Albert Crusat and Shaun Maloney are both yet to start in the league for Roberto Martinez's side but are pushing to be included at Goodison Park.

Form (new)

 

Everton are now unbeaten in three matches in all competitions after taking a point against Villa last weekend. Leon Osman and Leighton Baines twice gave the Blues the lead but they were pegged back on both occasions by Stiliyan Petrov and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Leon Osman's opener against Villa was the first goal Everton have scored in the first half of a game since their 3-0 victory over Wolves on April 9.

Prior to Wigan's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, the Latics went unbeaten in three fixtures against the clubs that had been promoted from the Championship.

Wigan drew against Norwich City and Swansea, either side of a 2-0 victory over QPR courtesy of a Franco Di Santo brace.

Match Stats (new)

 

1 The Toffees have won six and drawn four of their 12 Premier League outings against Wigan, with a biggest win of 4-0 in April 2009.
 
2 David Moyes leads Roberto Martinez 2-0 on wins in their four encounters with two draws.
 
3 Phil Neville requires one more appearance to reach 200 for the Toffees in the Premier League.
 
4 Leon Osman and Leighton Baines are the only Everton players to net in two Premier League matches against Wigan.

What They Say

 

Seamus Coleman: "I thought we were unfortunate against Villa. We should have won the game, we played really well and should take a lot of confidence into Saturday.

"Last year (against Wigan) was another game we should have won but it was last season and we don’t want to dwell on that. We have a good season to look forward to this year and hopefully we can get the three points this time round."

Last Meeting (new)

 

Wigan Athletic 1-1 Everton (Saturday, 30 April, 2011): Everton took a point from the DW Stadium in April as Wigan battled valiantly to stay in the Premier League. Charles N'Zogbia opened the scoring with a well-taken goal from a narrow angle before Mikel Arteta's first half penalty was saved by Ali Al Habsi. The hosts looked to be heading for a crucial victory before left back Leighton Baines scored Everton's second spot kick of the game to make it 1-1.

Classic Match (new)

 

Everton 4-0 Wigan Athletic (Saturday, 5 April, 2009): The Blues biggest ever victory over Wigan came in April 2009 when three goals in 14 second half minutes settled the fixture. Jo had given David Moyes' side the lead in the first half with a good finish from 20 yards and Everton confirmed their dominance soon after half time when Marouane Fellaini, Jo again and Leon Osman all scored in quick succession.

Us And Them (new)

 

Again we've asked supporters to give us a hand in finding players who have represented both Everton and Saturday's opponents Wigan.

And once again we've been able to name a full Everton-Wigan XI thanks to your feedback on Facebook and Twitter.

Carlo Nash made just one appearance for Wigan but that was enough for him to be named in goal for our Us & Them team.

Ahead of Nash in a three man defence are 1995 FA Cup winners Matt Jackson and David Unsworth, and the Blues current left back Leighton Baines.

In midfield we've gone for Kevin Kilbane, Peter Beagrie, Kevin Langley and 'dog of war' Joe Parkinson.

And completing the line-up is a front three of Stuart Barlow, Warren Aspinall and once again Marcus Bent.

Ticket Info (new)
 

Tickets for the game against Wigan Athletic are now on general sale. Click to here to secure your seat.

Betting (new)

 

- Everton v Wigan – Everton to win @ 1.55 - £25 bet returns £13.75

- Everton v Wigan – Everton to win first half @ 2.09 - £25 bet returns £27.25

- Everton v Wigan – Everton to win 2-0 @ 7.5 - £25 bet returns £162.50

- Everton v Wigan – Everton to win both halves @ 2.30 - £25 bet returns £32.50

- Everton v Wigan – Everton to win by 2 goals @ 4.20 - £25 bet returns £80.00

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