This is already being labelled by both managers and the press as a 'huge game'. What the eleventh game is already deciding your fate for the whole season? Are we all going mad?
Yes this game is a big one. It is also a must win for Wigan who need to end the terrible run of results we are on. Having not won a game in our last eight matches. Our worst run for over ten years. That tells you the whole story really, Wigan aren't use to having such a poor run. So its time to turn it around, at a ground that since joining the Premier League we have never failed to do well at.
Going into this game, the players heads need to be held high. The game will show the fans, and the media that Wigan will not give up and no matter how bad a run of results we will not fade away. Since we reached Division One (the current Championship), the press and the opposition fans have always predicted that we would fade away back into the oblivion. Yet we are still here, showing the passion and the drive that a town in England has.
You might notice what I am getting out from what I am saying. It is of course a rallying call to all the fans of Wigan. We have struggled yes, but look at what we have and how far we have come. Latics have one of the best young mangers in the game, we have some of the hottest prospects in world football, coupled with the fact that we have never changed from our family roots. We are lucky to have such a great Premier League club, should we not be behind the lads 110% give them the passion and hunger we have for them to do well.
Come on guys lets pull together for them!
Right so to the game this weekend. Wolves well the sit in 17th with eight points, only three more than Wigan So going into the game both sides will want and need a win. Yet we have a great record against Wolves, having beaten them in all four of our Premier League ties. The current omens at Latics would suggest that we will lose this one. But lets be positive.
Wigan go into the game with all but captain Gary Caldwell available. Who will replace the Scot in the middle of the Wigan defence? I have no idea what Martinez will do, for me you move Boyce into the middle and put Stam wide, but I have already said about that.
Wolves will be without top goalscorer Steven Fletcher, which can only be a plus for Latics. While goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in a bad patch of form (being a keeper myself) he will want to bounce back and show his quality which the Welsh international has. Could be hard to beat the keeper this weekend.
So who do Latics have to watch out for this weekend? Well one Wolves player stands out for me. The former Tottenham player Jamie O'Hara, who at one point was on the verge of the England squad. O'Hara is a very talented midfielder and could still feature for England in the future.
What O'Hara does well is picking the pass that opens up defence, while his accuracy from free kicks and corner will always cause teams trouble. If you let him run through your midfield then your defence will be looking over their shoulder more times than you can count. To stop him you just have to close down his time on the ball, sounds simple but of course it is never easy. Sounds like a job for Ben Watson to me.
The game will be close, scrappy and the home side could very well come out on top having the home support behind them to push them onwards to get the three points they want. Yet don't rule out the Wigan faithul in the past a few thousand have travelled the orange side of the Midlands, and it is likely they will do again, to get behind the lads.
Lets hope it comes together and we finally get that bit of luck that has been missing from our performances. The players have the ability, they have the drive and they show it. Now its time to convert performances into three points.