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The DW Stadium | 4th February 2012 15:00

Wigan 1 Everton 1

Team News (new)

Wigan could hand new signing Jean Beausejour his Latics home debut, while Mohamed Diame is expected back after participating in the Arican Cup of Nations.

Absentees for Wigan include Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Chris Kirkland.

For Everton, Sylvain Distin (hamstring), Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) are yet to return.

New signing Nikica Jelavic could be in line for his Blues debut after his deadline day arrival from Rangers. Steven Pienaar could also feature, having rejoined Everton from Tottenham on loan until the end of the season.

Form (new)

Wigan: LLLLLD. Tottenham (a), lost 3-1; QPR (a), lost 3-1; Manchester City (h), lost 1-0; Swindon Town, FA Cup (a), lost 2-1; Sunderland (h), lost 4-1; Stoke City (a), drew 2-2.

Everton: WWDDLW. Manchester City (h), won 1-0; Fulham (h), FA Cup, won 2-1; Blackburn (h), drew 1-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0; Tamworth (h), FA Cup, won 2-0.

Match Stats (new)

1) Wigan have conceded the most penalties in the league this season (8). Gary Caldwell has been culpable for four of those, the same number conceded by Everton this season.

2) Wigan have won just two of the 13 Premier League meetings with the Blues.

3) Everton have scored the highest percentage of goals in the second half of games in the Premier League this season (74%).

4) Almost a third (seven from 23) of Everton's goals in the Premier League have been scored by substitutes this campaign.

5) Steven Pienaar made his Everton debut in a 2-1 win against Wigan back in August 2007.

What They Say

Wigan's January signing, Jean Beausejour: "Roberto (Martinez) told me about the plans he has for the club and I am really excited to join and meet my teammates. We have a really tough end of the season, but I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Everton's Darron Gibson after the 1-0 win over Manchester City: "We have had a few good results over the last week and are starting to get a bit of belief in ourselves. We can gain a lot of confidence from going to Wigan and winning, and it can help us kick on.”

Last Meeting (new)

September 17, 2011. Everton 3-1 Wigan. Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe scored their first goals for the Toffees to grab all three points late on. Franco Di Santo had opened the scoring for the visitors after half an hour, only for Phil Jagielka to level within minutes. The game looked to be destined for a draw until Vellios met Tony Hibbert's cross and headed past Ali Al-Habsi. Fellow substitute Drenthe applied gloss to the win with a composed finish in the eighth minute of stoppage time.


Classic Match (new)

September 16, 2006. Everton 2-2 Wigan. A flurry of second half goals meant that both sides picked up a point at Goodison. Andy Johnson scored shortly following the interval, before Paul Scharner headed in just after the hour mark. Leon Osman was fouled in the box and James Beattie netted the resulting penalty, before Scharner equalised again in the 67th-minute.

Us And Them (new)

Several players have plied their trade for both Everton and Wigan. Here's a carefully crafted full XI.

In goal and retaining his place from the side we picked against Manchester City, Carlo Nash.

Current Blues left-back Leighton Baines of course features in defence, alongside David Unsworth and Matt Jackson.

In the midfield, we have the wingplay of Kevin Kilbane on the left, Peter Beagrie and Joe Parkinson in the middle and Kevin Langley on the right.

And up top in our attack-heavy 3-4-3, the goals will come from Warren Aspinall, Marcus Bent and Stuart Barlow.

Ticket Info (new)

Everton's allocation for this fixture has sold out.

Betting (new)

Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top 5 Betting Picks of the week, for this weekend’s match away to Wigan:

Everton to win 2-1 @ 9.00 (8/1)
Everton to win the first half and second half @ 3.70
Everton to score first @ 1.70
Landon Donovan to score first @ 8.50
Nikica Jelavic to score first @ 7.00

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