Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Fulham v Wigan Premiership Preview: Johnson To Partner Zamora For Cottagers – Heskey & Zaki Should Start For Latics

Roy Hodgson’s Fulham play Wigan Athletic in the Premier League on Wednesday at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers go into this clash with Wigan without a win since mid September against Bolton Wanderers and with only two points from their last five games, but will take heart from the fact that the two points came in their last two Premiership matches against Portsmouth and Sunderland, which halted a run of three straight defeats for Fulham. However, Hodgson will know a win is vital against a team on a losing streak at the moment, with the West London club hovering above the relegation zone in 16th place.

Latics boss Steve Bruce will be looking for a response from a side that has played well, but still lost their last three Premier League games, with Wigan being humbled at the JJB Stadium 4-0 by Aston Villa on Sunday. This slide has seen Wigan drop down the table and the Latics are now one place above their next opponents by virtue of goals scored.

Fulham have no new injury worries ahead of Wigan’s visit, with Hodgson only unable to call on long-term absentees Andranik Teymourian (knee) and Diomansy Kamara (knee). Summer signing Andy Johnson is expected to start upfront with fellow summer signing Bobby Zamora.

Bruce like counterpart Hodgson has no new injury concerns and will be boosted by the fact that former Tottenham Hotspur defender Erik Edman is a week away from a return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the Latics, with a knee injury.

Fulham: (from) Schwarzer, Paintsil, Konchesky, Hangeland, Seol, Johnson, Zamora, Nevland, Gera, Stockdale, Murphy, Gray, Hughes, Zuberbuhler, Etuhu, Bullard, Stoor, Dempsey, Davies, Andreasen, Leijer, Milsom, Kallio, Baird, Smalling, Watts

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

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