Friday, 19 September 2008

Spurs v Wigan Premiership Preview: Modric Unlikely To Feature, While Pavlyuchenko & Corluka Set For Spurs Recall

Juande Ramos’ Tottenham Hotspur take on Wigan Athletic in their Premier League match at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs are currently bottom of the Premiership, with the North London side losing to Middlesbrough, Sunderland and most recently Aston Villa, while collecting their only point away at Stamford Bridge to League pacesetters Chelsea. However, Ramos did see his team win their first match of the season, with a 2-1 victory in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

The Latics have collected four points from their first four fixtures after winning against Hull City at the KC Stadium and drawing 1-1 with Sunderland at the JJB last Saturday. This sees Wigan in 12th spot, with Steve Bruce’s team benefiting from the goals from loan signing Amr Zaki, who has four to his name so far.

Tottenham are still without Hossam Ghaly (knee) and Alan Hutton (ankle), with summer signing Luka Modric unlikely to feature after picking up a knee injury against Villa. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka should be recalled after being cup-tied for the UEFA Cup match on Thursday.

Bruce is still unable to call on Ryan Taylor (knee) and former Spurs player Erik Edman (knee), with the former Manchester United defender set to partner England International Emile Heskey with Zaki in attack.

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Gilberto, Gunter, Giovanni, Campbell, Dawson, Cesar, Corluka, O’Hara, King, Assou-Ekotto, Woodgate.

Wigan Athletic: (from) Kirkland, Cattermole, Palacios, Scharner, Kilbane, Heskey, Koumas, Brown, Pollitt, Zaki, Valencia, Boyce, de Ridder, Bramble, Cywka, Kapo, Melchiot, Camara, Kupisz, Montrose, Figueroa, Kingson.

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