Search

Premier League preview: Norwich City v Wigan Athletic

16:52 09 March 2012

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is an inspirational leader who will relish the challenge presented by his counterpart Grant Holt.

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is an inspirational leader who will relish the challenge presented by his counterpart Grant Holt.

©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222

Team news, the player to watch, battle of the day, referee and betting for the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic at 4pm on Sunday.

• Norwich City team news

Defenders Marc Tierney (knee) and Dani Ayala (hamstring) are ruled out. Ayala was part of the squad who enjoyed a mini training break in Spain this week, but Paul Lambert confirmed the defender has suffered a minor setback in his rehabilitation. James Vaughan stayed in the UK to step up his fitness from a hamstring problem. Lambert reported no fresh injury concerns following the club’s Premier League defeat at Stoke. Lambert did reveal Steve Morison needed injections in an ankle problem last month. Subs (from): Steer, R Bennett, Barnett, Drury, Crofts, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Morison, Wilbraham.

• Wigan Athletic team news

Wigan midfielder David Jones will be out of action for two weeks with a knee injury. Mike Pollitt is out for four weeks with a shoulder problem. Victor Moses, Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallega are pushing for starts after last weekend’s Premier League defeat to Stoke. Subs (from): Kirkland, Stam, Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Crusat, Di Santo.

• Manager

Roberto Martinez

The Spaniard is no stranger to a relegation battle after guiding the Latics to safety only on the final day of last season with an improbable win at Stoke. Martinez was reportedly the prime target for Aston Villa during the close season, but the former Latics’ midfielder decided to remain at the DW Stadium. Notable spells as a player at Wigan and Swansea, where he embarked on his managerial career. Led the Swans to the League One title in 2008 where he earned plaudits for the style of passing football he cultivated in south Wales. Both Celtic and Wigan asked permission to speak to him regarding managerial vacancies. Opted to accept the opportunity to take over Athletic in the Premier League in 2009.

• One to watch

James McCarthy

The Republic of Ireland international midfielder has been a regular starter for the Latics in the Premier League since his initial £1.2m move from Hamilton in 2009. Named Scottish young-player-of-the-year in 2009. The 21-year-old moved south later that year and has now made 66 appearances for Roberto Martinez’s side. Shunned the country of his birth to pledge international allegiance to the Republic. Will hope to be part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro2012 squad this summer.

• Referee

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
First trip to Carrow Road this season. Booked five Norwich players in the 3-2 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa in November. Shown 80 yellow and three red cards this season.

• Betting

Norwich 5/6, Wigan 10/3, draw 5/2.
First scorer 
City: Holt, Morison 9/2, Jackson, Vaughan 6/1, Wilbraham 8/1, Pilkington 9/1.

Wigan: Di Santo, Rodallega 8/1, Beausejour, Moses, Sammon 9/1.

No goalscorer: 12/1.

• Battle of the day

Grant Holt v Gary Caldwell

Holt was outnumbered against Stoke’s musuclar backline at the Britannia but the skipper underlined his ability to mix it in exalted company at Carrow Road last time out with an exquisite half-volley against Manchester United. Caldwell is an experienced Scottish international. Spent four seasons at Celtic. The Latics’ captain is an inspirational leader who will relish the challenge presented by his counterpart.

Related articles

9 comments

  • Hope Wes starts tomorrow for City, as I have said before, I always like the way Norwich play when Wes and Fox start in midfield. No one else can give what Wes can supply. It's not a 6 pointer, but as close to it as is possible.

    Report this comment

    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • Ged. Is that a Scrumpy Robin, a Seagull and an Eagle? The only birds you are likely to attract are in the Chompionshi*. Now where do the Canaries play? A point or three tomorrow for the Canaries will be fine.

    Report this comment

    norfolkngood

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • F*** off!!!

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • What's occuring Ged? I hope you're not counting me among those birds on the go,'cos you never got me goin'. I think that Mr Road Warrior is right and you are locked in with a family-sized bucket from KFC or may-be working your way through the Page 3 back-collection. Sort it out!

    Report this comment

    Sian

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • RW, I smell a trio of old humming birds

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • With all your tedious alter-egos, freak.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • 3 birds on the go? you spend a lot of time in KFC? Or is it a Crow and a couple of starlings?

    Report this comment

    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • Sorry I haven't been around much lately fans, I've got 3 birds on the go and it's hard work!! Anyway, my prediction for tomorrow is a 5-0 victory. Frankly anything less will be a disaster against a team that is barely 3rd Division standard. We need a win desperately to halt our shocking run of defeats. Clark in !!

    Report this comment

    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • What a dog`s dinner of a preview. List of subs but no attempt at a starting line-up. Work in progress or lost a bit at the Woolpack again?

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other Beccles and Bungay sport

Fri, 11:13
Bungay Town have their first home game of the season this weekend and will be hoping for more goals from Aiden Lowe.

Bungay Town, after a week off, have their first home game of the season tomorrow when they face Stalham in Anglian Combination Division One (2.30pm).

Fri, 11:06
Some of the Black Dogs who enjoyed Derehams 5k road race. From left to right: Don Tiffin, David Neeve, Alice Kirk, Stuart Young, Laura Button and Graham Sampson.

Eight Bungay Black Dog Running Club (BBDRC) athletes took to the streets of Dereham on Sunday to take part in the town’s 5k road race.

Fri, 11:05

Beccles will be hoping to keep their hold on top spot in the Anglian Combination Division One table when they entertain North Walsham Town tomorrow.

Wed, 06:30

The penultimate week left many issues to sort out at both the top and bottom of many of the divisions.

Most Read

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Quay kept to its up and down face at Beccles, sometimes in five or six swims really good fishing, making 30lbs of mainly small bream, but 40 yards away only a moderate bag. Certainly the most prolific area has been sitting down where the boat is behind on the grass, or nearer to the Harbourmasters building when the tide has fallen away. This week quite a few good catches came from out on the waggler with the skimmers tending to wait until the bait to build up before coming in. Perch are the bonus and to a good size in the swims where only the odd skimmer passes through stopping to feed up nearer the river end taking a whole worm amidst the cupped choppy feed. Still craving for the colour to provoke a feeding frenzy the roach shoals roam the river never seemingly settling long anywhere as pike packs push them around at speed.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today E-edition