Barclays Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool FC
08/03/2010 § Leave a comment
Another must win game at hand folks. Wigan away, a game against a team that we should ideally steamroller, and under Roberto Martinez has shown erratic form all through this season. Winless in the last 6, there is no reason why we shouldn’t extend their hapless record further.
Roberto Martinez started the week smarting and saying stuff like we would be at fault if we can’t make it to fourth place and that some young Irish chap named James Mcarthy did the right thing shunning Liverpool and joining Wigan Athletic, which has seemingly given him a better platform. Yawn.
Liverpool FC on the other hand have been handed a rare fitness boost, a boon really in these troubled times as Glen Johnson looks set to make his first premier league start in 2010. Which basically means that should Daniel Agger not be fit to play, Carragher will be drafted into the center of the defense and we still won’t be short of a right back. Phew. Insua will continue his plying himself at left-back as Fabio Aurelio is out injured. Again.
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez also issued a statement today, saying that he hopes Alberto Aquilani will not mind being relegated to the bench this season. Benitez admits that Liverpool’s bad fortune all through this season means that he has not been able to give his big money signing a chance to get used to the Premier League and will hope that perhaps he won’t mind missing the World Cup should he not be selected on the grounds of poor form. Or maybe Aquilani hasn’t realized that already. Hmmmm.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard too will return bouncing on both his feet after captaining England to a friendly victory over Egypt.
That them wily French decided to let Torres be and let him return to Merseyside in one piece by not making a snide tackle on him means that he too has no reason to not be on the team sheet tonight. And with Benayoun back, and Babel continuing to be impressive, Rafa Benitez now feels must be getting that nice, happy feeling that one might get after signing a new player. Talk about penury at the ‘Pool.
Expected team? (Let’s hope I get it right this time 😐 ) 4-2-3-1. Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Kygriakos, Insua; Lucas, Mascherano; Babel, Gerrard, Kuyt, Torres.
Bench: Maxi, Aquilani, Pacheco, Cavilieri, N’Gog.
P.S. Kinda hope Pacheco and Aquilani get a run-in today. But for that we’ll need to be like 3-0 up or something.