Friday, 12 September 2008

Wigan v Sunderland Premiership Preview: Kirkland Back For Latics - Tainio Could Feature For Black Cats

Wigan Athletic welcome Roy Keane’s Sunderland to the JJB Stadium for their Premier League match on Saturday.

The International break came at the wrong time for the Latics, who were flying after giving Premier League debutantes Hull City a 5-0 drubbing at the KC Stadium in their last fixture. However, these are the only points Wigan have picked up and are 13th in the table, with the North West team showing some good form under manager Steve Bruce.

Sunderland have looked good early on, but like Wigan only have the three points gained in a win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to show for it, with the Black Cats occupying a relegation spot in 18th place. However, Keane will have targeted this game as one in which his Sunderland side can take all three points back to the Stadium of Light.

Jason Koumas is a doubt for the Latics after spraining an ankle playing for Wales, while Paul Scharner (ankle) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are both very doubtful, with Erik Edman still missing through a knee injury. Bruce will be boosted by the return of Chris Kirkland in goal, who looks set to feature against Sunderland.

Keane will still be without striker Kenwyne Jones (knee), but could have Finland International Teemu Tainio back in the squad to face Wigan.

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

Sunderland: (from) Gordon, Bardsley, McCartney, Nosworthy, Tainio, Whitehead, Edwards, Malbranque, Cisse, Richardson, Diouf, Ward, Murphy, Collins, Chopra, Leadbitter, Yorke, Reid, Chimbonda, Healy, M’Voto, Ferdinand, Kavanagh, Hartley, Connoly, Fulop, Waghom, Stokes, Prica, Colgan.

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