Match Preview: Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic

Michael Steele

The two teams meet for the very first time, both have very similar stories when it comes to their rise through the footballing pyramid, and they now both meet for an encounter in the Championship on Sunday afternoon. Both teams need a win, but for very different reasons.

Bottom of the league, it was always going to be hard for the small team from Somerset, yet the same was also said about Wigan. They have struggled to nail down wins had have only managed two so far this season with only nine goals scored. It does mean though that Wigan could pick up their first three away points since the opening day of the season.

Owen Coyle though now has big choices of who to select for the game at the weekend. First of all, who makes up our back four? Apart from the lost Stephen Crainey any of the rest of our defenders have shown they are more than capable of playing the back four roles; its now a question of who to pick.

Midfield I think the resting of Ben Watson and Chris McCann was very ominous. The two midfielders I believe will continue their role in the two holding midfield positions. Its the wide men where i hope he gets it right.

Jordi Gomez has come under some stick recently and personally I think it has been really unfair. The attacking midfielder has been continually played out in the wide-man role, where he has shown time and time again he can't play. If you want to play Jordi stick him in the middle of the pack and let him control the play.

It would be nice to see Marc Albrighton and Jean Beausejour (if he is fit) take to the two wings and really give Yeovil some trouble. The two of them have great ability when delivering a cross and I would expect them to be able to get the ball in for the big head of Grant Holt, the service that the striker has not had from our players all season.

It won't be an easy game though. Yeovil have already manged to get a very convincing home win against Nottingham Forest this season, and I am sure they would love to take the scalp of the FA Cup winners as well. Edward Upson in the midfield is the man to watch for me, a player who last season created so much for them and scored a few as well. Currently he is Yeovil's top goalscorer with five goals this term.

Must win game for both sides then, Latics to get back into the promotion push, and Yeovil; well they want to try and get out of the bottom three. With all the games coming on Saturday both team will know how a result for them will swing their league position.

Hopefully our lads will be up for the task, after a midweek trip to Russia.

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