WEST HAM UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK

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Introduction

• West Ham United return to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday for their second home game of the week. Wednesday night saw them battle out a pulsating 2-2 draw with Manchester United and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games with a positive result against the Latics.

• The two sides have already met twice this season. West Ham United's Capital One Cup campaign came to an end at the Boleyn Ground when the Latics earned a 4-1 third-round win on 25 September, while Roberto Martinez's men triumphed 2-1 in the league fixture at the DW Stadium on 27 October.

• The Hammers moved up to eleventh in the Barclays Premier League table with their draw against Manchester United in midweek. The stalemate represented a third consecutive one-point haul for the east Londoners and means they have only lost once in their last six outings.

• Roberto Martinez's side reached the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Millwall in last weekend's Wembley semi-final, but suffered a 1-0 defeat on their return to league action at Manchester City on Wednesday. Wigan are currently 18th in the Premier League table with 31 points from 32 games.

• Mohamed Diame could face his former club for the second time after being selected for the league fixture between the sides on 27 October..

• West Ham United's clash with Wigan Athletic is one ofseven Barclays Premier League matches on Saturday. The others are all 3pm kick-offs and are as follows: Fulham v Arsenal, Norwich City v Reading, Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City, Sunderland v Everton, Swansea City v Southampton and West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United.


Last time out

Wednesday 17 April
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, O'Neil (Noble 68), Vaz Te, Diame (Collison 82), Nolan (Taylor 82), Jarvis, Carroll
Goals: Vaz Te 16, Diame 55

Wednesday 17 April
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City 1-0 Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic: Blazquez, Alcaraz, Boyce, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney (Espinoza 89), Gomez (McArthur 85), Beausejour, Scharner, Kone, Di Santo (McManaman 68)


Previous meeting

• West Ham United's last meeting with Wigan Athletic came on 27 October with the Latics claiming the spoils. Ivan Ramis gave the home side an early advantage, with James McArthur adding to that just two minutes after the break. James Tomkins pulled one back in stoppage time, but the Hammers were unable to find an equaliser as Wigan secured a second win of the season over the Hammers. The line-ups that day were:

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Collins, Nolan, Jarvis, Benayoun (Maiga 46), Noble (C.Cole 64), Diame (O'Neil 73), Carroll

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Watson 78)


Background

• West Ham United have faced Wigan Athletic just 20 times and they hold the edge, winning ten of the encounters. Wigan have won eight with two ending in draws.

• West Ham United's biggest win over Wigan Athletic came in the 2003/04 season, Kevin Horlock opened the scoring after four minutes and an own goal from Jason Jarrett made it 2-0 before half-time. Marlon Harewood added a brace in the second half, scoring his second from the spot, to give the Hammers a 4-0 Division One win at the Boleyn Ground on 29 November 2003.

• Wigan Athletic's biggest win in the fixture came at the Boleyn Ground earlier this season when they won 4-1 in the Capital One Cup third round. Prior to that result, their biggest win came in the 2004/05 season when the Latics secured a 3-1 Championship win on 15 August 2004. Nathan Ellington scored a brace with Jason Roberts scoring in-between. Bobby Zamora pulled one back for the Hammers but it was nothing more than a consolation.


Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

27 October 2012 - Wigan Athletic 2-1 West Ham United
25 September 2012 - West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic (Capital One Cup third round)
15 May 2011- Wigan Athletic 3-2 West Ham United
27 November 2010 - West Ham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic
24 April 2010 - West Ham United 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Overall record v Wigan Athletic (all competitions) W 10 D 2 L 8


Ten-year record

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Division One 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Division One)
2001/02 Premier League 7th (53 points)

Wigan Athletic

2011/12 Premier League 15th (43 points)
2010/11 Premier League 16th (42 points)
2009/10 Premier League 16th (36 points)
2008/09 Premier League 11th (45 points)
2007/08 Premier League 14th (40 points)
2006/07 Premier League 17th (38 points)
2005/06 Premier League 10th (51 points)
2004/05 Championship 2nd (87 points - promoted to the Premier League)
2003/04 Division One 7th (71 points)
2002/03 Division Two 1st (100 points - promoted to Division One)
2001/02 Division Two 10th (64 points)


Referee

 • Saturday's referee will be Neil Swarbrick

Swarbrick began refereeing at the age of 29 and within six years he had been promoted to the National List of assistant referees in 2005.

Now 42, Swarbrick made his way up the leagues via the Football Conference and the npower Football League before receiving his first Barclays Premier League appointment on 11 December 2010. He was officially promoted to the Select Group of top-flight referees in June 2011.

• This will be his third West Ham United game this season, after being the man in the middle for the 4-1 win at home to Southampton on Saturday 20 October and the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday 12 January.

He had taken charge of three West Ham United fixtures before that, the most recent being the 2-0 npower Championship Play-Off semi-final first-leg win at Cardiff City on 3 May 2012.


Team news 

• The Hammers were boosted by the return of Winston Reid from a thigh injury for the midweek draw against Manchester United, and he started alongside James Collins in central defence.

• Sam Allardyce is still without George McCartney and James Tomkins, although Mark Noble recovered from his arm injury more quickly than expected and was in the squad on Wednesday.

• Wigan have no fresh injury concerns, but Callum McManaman could come into the starting line-up while Roman Golobart is out with a twisted ankle.


Old boys

• Mohamed Diame is in line to face his former club. The Senegal international made 103 appearances for Wigan Athletic, scoring seven goals, over a period of three years between 2009 and 2012.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Jimmy Bullard, Roy Carroll, Henri Camara, David Unsworth and Bill Wade.

General Information

• Tickets for this fixture have sold out.

• Supporters travelling by tube should be aware that there is no service on the Hammersmith & City line between King's Cross St Pancras and Barking, but the District line is fully operational.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is set fair, with sunny skies over east London and a predicted temperature of 12C at kick-off.

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