Tottenham v Wigan preview
Last Updated: November 2, 2012 10:16am
Andre Villas-Boas: Looking to bounce back from cup exit with Spurs
Tottenham will look to put their Capital One Cup exit behind them and get back to winning ways when they host Wigan at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Spurs have won five of their last six Premier League encounters to leave them fourth in the table with 17 points but suffered a 2-1 fourth-round cup defeat at Norwich on Wednesday night to shake that run of good form.
Andre Villas-Boas' men will be keen to put the setback behind them against the Latics as they look to close the gap on Manchester United and City, who sit second and third respectively with 21 points.
Wigan suffered the biggest upset of this week's cup ties on Tuesday night when they were beaten by League Two Bradford on penalties and will be desperate to bounce back from that shock defeat.
Roberto Martinez's side, who sit 15th in the table, claimed their first home win of the season last weekend when they saw off West Ham 2-1 and will hope to build on that result.
Their recent record against Tottenham will not inspire much confidence, with Spurs having won four and lost just one of their last six league meetings with the Lancashire club.
That run includes Spurs' biggest ever Premier League win, when they thrashed the Latics 9-1 at the Lane in November 2009.
Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele is unavailable for the visit of Wigan due to a niggling hip injury.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is in contention after recovering from illness and a back injury, but midfielder Jake Livermore is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in Wednesday's defeat at Carrow Road.
Long-term absentees Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) remain sidelined.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez expects to again be without on-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi for the trip to the capital.
The Japan international has missed the last three games with a groin problem and, although Martinez has not yet ruled him out, it is highly unlikely he will be fit.
Also on the sidelines are defender Antolin Alcaraz and winger Albert Crusat, who are still out with groin and knee problems, respectively.
- Jermain Defoe has scored 11 goals in 10 Premier League games against Wigan.
- Tottenham have lost just three of their last 23 Premier League home games, though they were defeated by Chelsea last time on home soil (W15 D5 L3).
- No team has conceded more headed goals than Wigan this season (5).
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 25 Lloris
- 28 Walker
- 5 Vertonghen
- 20 Dawson
- 32 Assou-Ekotto
- 8 Parker
- 6 Huddlestone
- 7 Lennon
- 11 Bale
- 2 Dempsey
- 10 Adebayor
Team taken from Tottenham vs Sunderland (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 19th May 2013
- 26 Al Habsi
- 17 Boyce
- 25 Golobart
- 33 Scharner
- 18 Espinoza
- 4 McCarthy
- 8 Watson B
- 16 McArthur
- 14 Gomez
- 2 Kone
- 10 Maloney
Team taken from Wigan vs A Villa (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 19th May 2013
Barclays Premier League
|8||West Bromwich Albion||38||49|
|10||West Ham United||38||46|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||38||25|
Tottenham v Wigan
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