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Preview: Fulham vs Wigan Athletic

Clint Dempsey of Fulham scores a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Fulham at DW Stadium.
Clint Dempsey of Fulham scores a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Fulham at DW Stadium.

What a past seven days it has been for Wigan Athletic.we have beaten both Manchester United and Arsenal in the space of a week, and could have gotten something against Chelsea. If we had beaten the blues, then we would probably be safe now.

As it is, we sit ahead of the pack; or second depending on how you look at it. And now face four teams we should beat, us being Wigan probably means we will now lose all four games and go down, don't put that past us.

Yet to show we really are playing well and going against the odds, we will have to beat Fulham away. Something we have yet to do since joining the Premier League, and personally I don't see us doing just yet. But then I didn't see us beating United and Arsenal.

Wigan could go into the game with everyone fit and ready to play. Both Hugo Rodallega and Shaun Maloney are likely to take late fitness tests, but if I was Roberto I stick with what I have and bring them onto the bench. Neither player is worth knocking back, and they will be helpful to have come into it with the last two games in mind.

That said it means that Jordi Gomez will have to retain is starting place. Now I am not a big fan of Mr Gomez, as you may or may not have guessed. He is slow lazy and looks like he can't be bothered. But he has somehow managed to play well on the few occasions we have needed him to this season. A goal an a assist against Arsenal don't lie. Keep it up Jordi!

So with our unorthodox system (3-4-3 or 5-4-2 depending on where you go), I am surprised that people are only picking up on it now as we have been playing like this for a while just not backing it up with goals. Anyway what I was saying with out system we should find the good going against Fulham.

They like to use their wingers and full backs to run at defences and then cut inside and open teams up. Yet when they will run into two wide men each side, followed by three playing in the center. They may struggle. If we can hold it tight at the back like we did against Arsenal, then hit with pace from Victor Moses and Franco Di Santo, then we will cause them a real threat.

The problem we have to watch out for though, is Clint Dempsey. The American winger/striker has scored 16 goals this season and made four assists. He has been playing out of his skin, working hard and playing quick interchanging football either cutting in from out wide or as the lone front-man. Which is where he is likely to be on Saturday.

If we can cut of his supply line and leave him isolated, then we will give ourselves a chance to win this game.

Keep going lads, and lets keep the faith!