Wigan v Everton
Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert are both out of the trip to the DW Stadium. Gibson (thigh) hasn’t featured since limping out of the defeat at West Brom but is expected to be back in contention for the game at QPR following the international break. Hibbert, meanwhile, hasn’t played since the draw with Newcastle because of a calf injury. The Blues’ only other doubt is Scotland international Steven Naismith, who is also struggling with a calf problem.
Roberto Martinez could welcome back Paraguayan defender Antolín Alcaraz from a groin injury. The Spaniard will also have compatriot Jordi Gomez to call upon after the midfielder's red card against Sunderland last weekend was rescinded.
Last outing: 0-1 (a) Sunderland, Saturday 29 September
Last five: DLLWL
Just four points from six Premier League games illustrates another tricky start to the season for Roberto Martinez's men. The Latics have suffered defeat in each of their last three league games, against Manchester United, Fulham and Sunderland, though that run was punctuated by a 4-1 League Cup win at West Ham.
Last outing: 3-1 (h) Southampton, Saturday 29 September
Last five: LDWLW
Everton head to the DW Stadium looking to rack up a third straight league win. Last weekend's victory over Southampton ensured the Blues began October in the league's top two for the first time since 1978/79. David Moyes' men have 13 points from their six league games to date.
1) Phil Jagielka is set to make his 150th Everton appearance at the DW Stadium. Sylvain Distin could make his 100th.
2) Steven Pienaar has provided eight assists in 2012 – more than any other Premier League player.
3) Everton have won seven of the 14 Premier League meetings between the two sides, losing just two.
4) The Blues have scored 14 goals in their six league games this season - a tally exceeded at this stage only once in the past 47 years.
For more stats ahead of Saturday’s game, check out ‘Magic Numbers’.
Everton midfielder Leon Osman on the Blues’ travelling support... “We usually fill the whole of our end at Wigan and have sections in their crowd as well. I'm sure we'll have a good following and hopefully we can go there and play the way we've been playing so far this season.”
Wigan's summer arrival Arouna Kone on his start to life at the DW Stadium... “I am happy on a personal level because I have settled in well here in the North West and everything off the field is great. I’m happy with my two goals [so far] but, in my head, I wish I had scored more. I want to help the team do as well as I know we can.”
Wigan 1-1 Everton, 4 February 2012. Victor Anichebe sprang from the bench to rescue a point for the Blues as their good New Year form continued. An uneventful first half was lit up by the return of Steven Pienaar, making his third Everton debut after rejoining the Club on loan from Tottenham. There was also a first ever appearance for fellow deadline-day arrival Nikica Jelavic, the Croatian entering the fray for the final half hour as David Moyes’ side went for the win. It was the hosts who took the lead with 15 minutes remaining however, a misplaced cross deflecting off Phil Neville before hitting a bobble and bamboozling Tim Howard. But, not for the first time, on came Anichebe to bolster his reputation as the Blues’ ‘super sub’, the Nigerian meeting Leighton Baines’ swinging cross with power and precision to level the scores and snatch a deserved draw just two minutes after coming on.
Everton 4-0 Newcastle, 5 April 2009. Brazilian striker Jo was the hero of the day as he grabbed a brace to help the Blues record an emphatic win over the Latics. Leon Osman’s clever pass on the half-hour mark fed the on-loan Manchester City man and he provided a composed finish from 20 yards to open the scoring. No more than a minute after the interval the hosts’ lead was doubled, Marouane Fellaini meeting Tony Hibbert’s cross before neatly side-footing past Chris Kirkland. The Belgian also had a hand in Everton’s third just five minutes later when his shot was parried by Kirkland, allowing Jo to pounce and net his second of the game. And, on 60 minutes, a near carbon copy of events saw Osman tap home an easy fourth following another saved effort from Fellaini.
On 6 October 1919, former Everton striker Tommy Lawton was born. One of the greatest goalscorers of his or any age, he began his career with Burnley and moved to Everton as an eventual successor to Dixie Dean in March 1937 for £6,500. He helped the Club win the League title in 1939 and made a total of 95 appearances for the Blues, scoring a total of 70 goals.
With not much distance between the two clubs geographically, the near-neighbours have shared a number of players over the years. Here’s our XI of those to have worn the shirt for both sides.
In goal, we’ve gone for a back-up goalkeeper for the Blues between 2008 and 2010, Carlo Nash.
Current Everton left-back and September’s Player of the Month 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 would come from Warren Aspinall, Marcus Bent and Stuart Barlow.
Referee: Mr K Friend
Assistant Referee: Mr J Flynn
Assistant Referee: Mr M Scholes
Fourth Official: Mr L Mason
Everton’s allocation for this fixture has SOLD OUT.
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 21/10
Everton to win both halves: 5/1
Victor Anichebe to score first: 15/2
Leighton Baines to score at any time: 6/1
Everton to score a penalty: 5/1