Wigan v Tottenham preview
Boyce possibility for Latics; Gallas in line for Spurs return
By Murray Burnell. Last Updated: 29/09/11 7:33am
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Tottenham go to Wigan on Saturday looking to maintain their recent resurgence in form in the Premier League.
After a slow start, Spurs have won their last two games, against Wolves and Liverpool respectively, without conceding a goal.
In stark contrast, after a promising start to the 2011/12 season, Wigan have lost their last two games, conceding three goals on each occasion.
But it is at the DW Stadium where the Latics have been strong in recent times, with their last home defeat coming in a 4-0 loss against Manchester United in February.
Tottenham were taken to extra time and penalties in their Carling Cup defeat against Stoke on Tuesday and Harry Redknapp is set to make wholesale changes to the squad that played at the Britannia Stadium.
Their 4-0 win over Liverpool last Sunday increased the optimism at White Hart Lane, with new signings Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker influential in the victory.
After finishing 16th in the previous two seasons, boss Roberto Martinez is hoping Wigan can push on this term and are a point behind Spurs in 15th.
They received the positive news this week that star striker Hugo Rodallega will be back sooner than first feared after suffering a knee injury in last week's defeat to Everton.
The Colombia international was expected to be out for up to four months but Martinez confirmed that the problem is that serious, although Saturday's game will still be far too early for his return.
Emmerson Boyce (hamstring), Antolin Alcaraz (thigh) and Steve Gohouri (calf) are all likely to miss out as well, but a decision will be made closer to kick-off.
Tottenham could be boosted by the return of centre-back William Gallas, who completed 90 minutes in a reserve game against Brentford in midweek.
If he plays, Gallas will be alongside Ledley King, with Michael Dawson still struggling with an Achilles injury.
Steven Pienaar (groin) is still out for Spurs, while Niko Kranjcar and Aaron Lennon face late fitness tests ahead of the trip to Greater Manchester.
Possible starting XIs:
Wigan: Al Habsi, Van Aanholt, Lopez, Caldwell, Figueroa, Watson, Gomez, McCarthy, Maloney, Moses, Di Santo.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Parker, Modric, Van der Vaart, Adebayor, Defoe.
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