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Hugo Rodallega returns to the DW Stadium as Fulham face Wigan

Last Updated: 21/09/12 2:22pm

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Hugo Rodallega: Fulham striker returns to the DW Stadium for the first time since leaving Wigan

Hugo Rodallega: Fulham striker returns to the DW Stadium for the first time since leaving Wigan

Hugo Rodallega returns to former club Wigan Athletic on Saturday as Fulham seek their first Premier League away win of the season.

Colombian striker Rodallega left the DW Stadium in the summer on a free transfer and eventually pitched up at Fulham, for whom he is still awaiting his first goal.

Rodallega has been overshadowed by a couple of other new recruits, though, as Mladen Petric scored twice on his debut against Norwich City before picking up an injury, while Dimitar Berbatov sparkled in last week's 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

In between those two home success, however, the Cottagers have lost twice on their travels, putting up a spirited display in succumbing 3-2 at Manchester United before being soundly beaten 3-0 by West Ham United.

Wigan, too, have been inconsistent in their opening four games, which includes a defeat at Old Trafford, while Roberto Martinez's side have yet to win at home this term.

A slightly unfortunate 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in their opening game was followed by a 2-2 draw with Stoke City before the international break when the visitors twice came from behind.

Recent history is also against the Latics as they have won none of the last 11 meetings between the clubs and their sole home success was when Pascal Chimbonda scored a last-minute winner in their debut Premier League campaign in 2005.

At least Wigan will not have to worry about Fulham's match-winners from last season's corresponding clash as Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey have both recently joined Tottenham Hotspur.

The previous five tussles in the North West ended in stalemates and another evenly-balanced encounter lies in store, with both teams likely to try to keep the ball on the deck.

Wigan  Badge Wigan

Wigan have only one injury concern for the game in Antolin Alcaraz, who missed last week's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United after picking up a groin injury on international duty with Paraguay.

The centre-half will be given a late fitness test, but otherwise Martinez has a fully-fit squad to select from.

Martinez has the likes of Mauro Boselli and Jordi Gomez pushing for starts, but he could stick with the same XI which started at Old Trafford.

Fulham Badge Fulham

Fulham boss Martin Jol has received mixed news on the injury front, but could welcome back Bryan Ruiz and Petric for the game.

Both forwards missed last weekend's win over West Brom and will vie for a place alongside Berbatov at the DW Stadium.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Kieran Richardson (hip), Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Philippe Senderos (foot) remain sidelined, while new recruit Ashkan Dejagah is not yet match fit.

Opta Facts

  • Wigan have won none of their last 11 Premier League games against Fulham (W0 D6 L5).
  • The Latics have only scored eight goals in 14 Premier League meetings with Fulham and never more than once in a game.
  • Fulham have hit the target with 71% of their attempts at goal, a higher percentage than any other team in the top division.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Carson 1 Carson
  • Boyce 17 Boyce
  • Ramis 21 Ramis

  • Crainey 3 Crainey
  • Perch 24 Perch
  • McEachran 4 McEachran

  • McArthur 16 McArthur
  • Beausejour 22 Beausejour
  • McManaman 15 McManaman

  • Fortune 32 Fortune
  • Gomez 14 Gomez

Team taken from Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal (The FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser) on Saturday 12th April 2014

  • Stockdale 13 Stockdale
  • Riether 27 Riether
  • Heitinga 4 Heitinga
  • Hangeland 5 Hangeland
  • Amorebieta 35 Amorebieta
  • Kasami 8 Kasami

  • Sidwell 7 Sidwell
  • Diarra 9 Diarra

  • Richardson 15 Richardson
  • Holtby 10 Holtby

  • Rodallega 20 Rodallega

Team taken from Fulham vs Norwich City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

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5 Everton 34 66
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9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26


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