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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • F*** off!!!

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    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!

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    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • RW, I smell a trio of old humming birds

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • With all your tedious alter-egos, freak.

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    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?

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    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 !!

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    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?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

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