How the world changes with in a day. A club that looked like they may have one of those seasons, could have a massive second half of the season. No I am not talking about Wigan here, its Everton that I am referring to. The Mersey blues have had a rough and sluggish start to the season, yet slowly but surely, they have pulled themselves back into contention fro Europe, and beating Manchester City always helps.
Its not looking so good for a Wigan side who haven't won since the 10th of December and look, well lifeless.
We will still have no Antolin Alcaraz, and I hope that Steve Gohouri remains out of the line up. Yet it is likely that a floundering Jordi Gomez will stay within the starting eleven. If it was up to me, the Spaniard would be out of the squad and replaced by the returning Mohamed Diame.
As for Everton, well they will be missing two stars. Both Louis Saha and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov have both moved on. Yet they now have an inform London Donavon and a freshly signed Croation striker (Nikia Jelavic). So the signs are that Everton will be up for this one.
But so should Wigan. A win against Everton will be a must and failure to do so. Could see us linger six points behind anyone else at the end of play. I think that would be a mountain too high for Latics to climb, yet we have done more spectacular things, being in the Premier League being one.
So my man to watch this week, who should it be?
Do I go for the former Wigan player in Leighton Baines, or do a go for the American London Donavon. No neither of these players, I feel will make a massive diffrence against us. The player that scares me from Everton, is their loan signing from the Spanish capital.
Royston Drenthe, was never a major hit since moving to Madrid five years ago. Yet now with experience and match time, the 24 year old is showing the world what he is capable of. Pure pace and power make him one of the most deadliest wingers in the Premier League, when he wants to get past you he will do.
And his shooting isn't too bad either, yet he has only scored two goals. While having made six assists. Where Wigan are weak, is when players run at us, and this lad can run, and run, and run some more. And to go with it he has a final ball to get players around him into the game.
Oh dear it isn't looking good.
But with the home support behind the lads, we have pulled off many a great result before, and now is the time for us and them to stand tall and really make a name for the club and the town.
Keep the Faith!