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The big Greek has served his
ban, could he be back to face
Wigan?

In the Premier League we have always walked away with a bare minimum of at least 1 point when facing Wigan, and tomorrow is no time to change that fact.

Wigan are a rather funny footballing side, at the moment they are not going too well when it comes to winning games either. Their last recorded win was at Molineux against Wolves where they won the game 2-0. This result came in the latter half of Januray and although Wigan have mustered some draws and perhaps been unlucky in some fixtures, they are still in the midst of a struggle.

However, in my eyes, Wigan are exactly one of those sides that can prove to be a stumbling block for Liverpool. Just like Portsmouth, it is always the sides many people feel confident we can beat that i fear most. Perhaps this is because when you play a side like Wigan, the automatic expectation adds a lot of pressure and although this should not affect the players i think in some senses it can get to people.

Wigan are miles away from the team they were when they beat Chelsea earlier on this season and when they were victorious against Aston Villa, but it does pose the fact that they are capable.

Wigan have let in 9 goals in their last 8 Premier League matches, whereas Liverpool have only let in 3. With ourselves having our main attacking threat back in Fernando Torres, a fallible defence will not do Wigan any favours.

Wigan are without Scharner and N'Zogbia tomorrow whilst Liverpool are missing Martin Skrtel who has broken a metatarsal in his right foot, also out is Fabio Aurelio who sustained a muscle injury in the game against Blackburn. Glen Johnson is also still out and to add to the list is Daniel Agger who left the Blackburn match on crutches due to severe bruising in his right knee according to LiverpoolFC.tv.

It will be interesting to see how ex Liverpool shot stopper Chris Kirkland fairs against his old club tomorrow, last time Kirkland saw two goals pass into his net and this time i have a feeling it might be a similar tally.

With the assumption that Agger will now not feature, my prediction for tomorrow's line up is:

------------------Reina------------------
--Degen----Carra----Kyrgiakos---Insua-
-Kuyt---Lucas---------Masch----Yossi--
-------------Gerrard--------------------
----------------------Torres-------------

I'm thinking the partnership of Gerro and Torres will be back to it's more familiar self for this one although Gerrard in midfield again against Blackburn worked a treat. I'm also thinking Masch could possibly be utilised as right back again as it is clear he is capable but at the same time it is probably fair to say we can play a bit more risky and attacking football against Wigan so Degen may add a bit of flair to the game, providing he can sustain some acceptable defending i feel this is a good choice.

Liverpool are still 6th in the table but a win at the DW Stadium tomorrow would see us temporarily move into fourth as Manchester City and Tottenham do not play their next matches until the weekend.

As for the score, it is much of the same really, i have been predicting sort of 2-1, 2-0, 1-0 's etc for a while now and this time is no different. So 2-1 is my guess this time out.

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