Wigan Athletic

Friday, 19 April 2013

Premier League: Has Aston Villa's Brad Guzan been the best keeper this season?

Readings Alex McCarthy was in the form of his life against Liverpool at the weekend. The Royals shot-stopper denied the Reds at every opportunity with a string of world class saves. This got me thinking, who has been the best goalkeeper this season in the Premier League? Manchester Citys Joe Hart w...

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Another exciting week of Premier League and FA Cup football saw Manchester City and Wigan make a date at Wembly, Reading hold Liverpool, Arsenal beat Norwich City and Sunderland outclass Newcastle. But who made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week? Heres Mitch Waddons best XI from the w...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Man City v Wigan: Can the Latics win the FA Cup final dress rehearsal?

Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will lock horns at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on May 11, but tonight they have the small subject of three Premier League points to play for. The champions have just disposed of the league leaders and fierce rivals United at Old Trafford and dumped FA Cup holders ...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Millwall, Chiles and Aguero ensure unedifying scenes all round, but let’s keep the One Direction boys out of it

It was a weekend of football in which the seamier, more ugly side of the game sprang forth. A dispiriting reminder of a time we’d hoped had passed; a nightmarish collage of unedifying horror and depressing folly. Yep, Adrian Chiles was fronting the FA Cup again. Obviously, the game on Saturd...

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Chelsea v Man City: Who will meet Wigan in the FA Cup final?

Chelsea are the current FA Cup holders. This afternoon they take on the 2011 winners and current Premier League champions Manchester City, but who will meet Wigan at Wembley next month in the showpiece final? Between them, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the last four finals and with Wigan wai...

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wigan Athletic: Wembley woes and Super League talk

Poor Wigan Athletic. In the clubs finest hour the Latics are still getting stick from the media, as theLancashire side hasfailed to sell around 10,000 tickets for todays FA Cup semi-final clash. Regular Squarefootball readers will know Im a great admirer of Roberto Martinezs side.We alw...

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Spurs and Arsenal lead the way

Its been a good fortnight for the three London clubs - well off the pitch any way - with QPRs John Jaycock and Tottenhams Adam Crawford picking up 19 points, with Arsenals Josh Ben Moshe on 18. Its not been so good for Stoke City, Southampton or Norwich City, with the sides occupying the bottom thr...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland edge ahead of Wigan

Sunderland may only have six games left to save their Premier League status but Black Cat Tony Ratton is edging slightly closer to Predict the Premier League title glory. Mr Ratton, who has been favourite for the title for the majority of the season, has moved one point clear of his nearest rival W...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Sunday, 07 April 2013

QPR v Wigan: Can the Latics escape the drop zone?

With Sunderland taking on Chelsea at the Bridge this afternoon, Wigan Athletic have the perfect opportunity to escape the drop zone and put the Black Cats in danger, but they must overcome a QPR side who although look doomed will not give up until its mathematically impossible. The Latics spring up...

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Saturday, 06 April 2013

Premier League: Where has all the excitement gone?

ThePremier Leagueseason should be coming to the boil, but for me its been strictly alukewarm affair.The last nine months have had an air of inevitability about them. Manchester United havebreezed to their 20th top flight title and even Sky have struggled to sell this title race. From them...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Southampton, Wigan and West Ham all picked up three points in a weekend that produced a whopping 23 goals - five of which came at the Emirates. There was a number of outstanding individual performances at the weekend, but who has done enough to win...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Sunderland swap experience for explosive as all eyes focus on Wearside

On the day the new bombastic series of Doctor Who crash landed on to the screens of the BBC, there was the cataclysmic beginnings of a regeneration of a different kind in the otherworldly realms of the North East. That’s right, Martin O’Neill, football’s very own wide-eyed madcap enigma was u...

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Wigan v Norwich City: Latics target first league win over Norwich

Wigan get back to action following their controversial meeting with Newcastle United a fortnight ago and Roberto Martinez will be hoping his players can build on that fortunate victory. Wigan have to move on from the McManaman incident now and concentrate on survival. They are three points adrift o...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Gazza’s running out of chances while England run riot in San Marino

Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of guff on TV isn’t there? In the ever-burgeoning crevasse of broadcasting channels, the sheer volume of half-baked tripe and lightweight, hollowed-out husks of regurgitated twaddle leaves the average viewer starved of visual stimulation and viewing conten...

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Predict the Premier League: Liverpool are on top of the pile

Its been almost a month since the scores for Squarefootballs Predict the Premier League were last updated, so without further ado lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 The Reds were braced for a tough game against the Capital One Cup finalists, but Michael Laudrups mind was already focused...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland and Wigan remain neck and neck

Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the man to beat in our Predict the Premier League competition, but since the turn of the year Wigan Athletic fan Jimmy Shine and even Manchester Citys Callum Rothwell have both taken over top spot. However, today, as we update the league for the first team in a month, the...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 30

Arsenal gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating Swansea City. Tottenhams shock defeat at home to Fulham gave Gooners even more reasons to cheer, but the biggest reaction at full time definitely came at Villa Park as Aston Villa saw off QPR in a five-goal thriller...

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Wigan v Newcastle United: The Mags aim to avenge 4-0 drubbing

Wins for Aston Villa and Southampton yesterday has put extra pressure on Wigan Athletic to beat Newcastle United this afternoon. The Latics start the day six points adrift of safety, although they do have two games in hand, but are Roberto Martinezs men, who blew Everton away last weekend in the FA...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bale, Michu, RVP or Suarez: Who is your Player of the Season?

There have been some outstanding performers in the Premier League this season. Gareth Bales stunning goals and man of the match displays have helped Tottenhams top four dreams, Luis Suarez is currently topping the leagues scoring charts, Robin van Persies arrival at Old Trafford has all but wrestled...

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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Chelsea, Everton, Man City or Man United: Who will win the FA Cup?

The FA Cup is taking centre stage this weekend and what a game we have instore at Old Trafford when Premier League leaders Manchester United take on the champions of Europe in Chelsea. Its a game where the winners will really fancy their chances of success, but can United or Chelsea really go on to ...

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week

Arsenal lost the crunch north London derby while Liverpool and Manchester United went goal crazy, QPR gave their survival hopes a boost with victory over Southampton and West Ham became only the second side this season to win at the Britannia, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here i...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Comical Colin losing his seat could mean Match Of The Day 2 losing much much more

It could be argued that watching football on television has become a full-time endeavour. Well obviously for me it is because each week I force my rambling and churlish thoughts on the subject on to your computer screens in a senseless demonstration of puerile envy. But for all of us now, it ...

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Saturday, 02 March 2013

Wigan Athletic v Liverpool: Can the Reds gun down the Latics?

Did you know Liverpool havent won at the DW Stadium since 2007? Up to that point Wigan were always an easy three points for the giants from Anfield, but not any more. However, with the goal threat of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to complement the midfield drive of Steven Gerrard, will this be th...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 28

Arsenal and Spurs picked up three points at the weekend to put the pressure on Rafa Benitez and Chelsea. Spurs are now two points clear of Chelsea in third place with Arsenal just two behind the Blues, but with the north London giants squaring up to each other this weekend, Chelsea may have the op...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Reading v Wigan: Will the Wigan late show start at the Madejski?

Reading slipped back into the relegation zone with Wigan last time out after losing at Stoke City but who will give their survival hopes the power of good this afternoon when the Royals and Latics clash at the Madejski? Brian McDermotts men have given themselves a real shot at staying up following ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Man City on top with Wigan and Sunderland in close pursuit

Manchester City may have blown their Premier League chances following their defeat at Southampton but Citys Callum Rothwell could be about to continue the clubs push for honours in our Predict the Premier League competition. Mr Rothwell, a former winner of this competition, has put his disappointme...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 26

Manchester Uniteds victory over Everton at the weekend combined with Citys defeat at Southampton has put Fergies men 12 points clear of their rivals and the title looks to be heading back to Old Trafford. City just werent at the races and were duly punished by the Saints and United made sure the...

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Saturday, 09 February 2013

Chelsea v Wigan: Does Hulk Hogan really know best?

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has told BBCs Mark Lawrenson that this game is going to break records. The Hulkster is predicting Chelsea to win 40-1. Of course those of us who actually know something about the beautiful game are fully aware that Wigan are more than capable of causing an upset, especial...

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Friday, 08 February 2013

Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 25

It was another exciting week in the Barclays Premier League with wins for Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Reading, West Ham and Spurs. A total of 23 goals were scored as Manchester United extended their lead at the top to nine points, while those at the bottom all put in sterling p...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Saturday, 02 February 2013

Wigan v Southampton: Will there be a goalfest at the DW Stadium?

Wigan came back from two down to steal a point from Stoke City in midweek but it wasnt enough to ease their relegation fears as Newcastle beat Villa and Reading drew at home with Chelsea. Today Roberto Martinezs men host a Southampton side that have suffered only one defeat in their past seven leag...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...

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Stoke City v Wigan: Potters target first league win of 2013

Wigan are one of the few clubs who are undaunted about playing at the Britannia. Most teams baulk at the thought of playing in front of 20,000 passionate Potters, but not Wigan. In their past four Premier League visits they have won one and drawn two. That is an impressive record. Their only loss ca...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Good news for Villa

Aston Villa have been dumped out of both cup competitions this past week by lower league opposition and face a huge six-pointer with Newcastle on Tuesday, but there is some good news for those in claret and blue. Villa fan Frank Pattison was one half of our top pundits this past fortnight, along wi...

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Predict the Premier League: Wigan topple Sunderland

There are some things in football that I thought I would never see. Bradford City reaching a cup final, non-league Luton Town beating Premier League giants Norwich in the FA Cup and Wigan topping the Predict the Premier League table. Yes, youve read that right. After leading the table for about 20...

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Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Top 10 bargain January transfer targets

With one week left in the January transfer window it is crunch time for managers who want to bring in players hoping to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season. It also is the last chance for clubs desperate to avoid relegation to reinforce their squads. January rarely sees...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Wigan v Sunderland: Black Cats eye hat-trick of Latic wins

Sunderland eased their relegation fears last weekend with a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham United at the Stadium of Light. This weekend they travel to the DW Stadium looking to record their third straight win over the Latics, but can Roberto Martinez bring that run to a halt? The Latics picked up...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 22

It was another action packed and controversial weekend in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal and Manchester City both had players sent off on Sunday as Manchester United beat their old foes Liverpool at Old Trafford. Twenty-four hours earlier Chelsea put four past Stoke City at home, albeit wi...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...

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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Fulham v Wigan: Can the Latics drag Fulham into the relegation dogfight?

Fulham eased their relegation woes somewhat by beating West Brom at the Hawthorns on New Years Day. That win put them six points clear of the drop zone but defeat this afternoon by Wigan Athletic will suck them back into danger. The Cottagers have dominated this fixture in recent seasons. They have...

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QPR, Reading, Wigan, Southampton, Aston Villa - Who will beat the drop?

Can QPR beat the drop? If you had asked me that a month ago I would have said no way. In fact it wouldnt have just been a no, it would have been a hell no! At that time I thought there was more chance of Carmen Electra declaring her undying love for me and whisking me off to Vegas to be wed by Elvis...

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Wigan just one point off Sunderland at the top

Christmas and New Year was a busy period for the football family and there were hundreds of points up for grabs in our Predict the Premier League competition. Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the clear leader as we waved goodbye to 2012, but he is now just one point ahead of Wigans Jimmy Shine at the sta...

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Predict the Premier League: Good times for City, Wigan, Everton, Reading and Arsenal

Manchester City may be losing their grip on the Premier League title, Wigan are in danger again of going down, and Everton and Arsenal are battling it out for a place in the top four, but all four teams have reason to celebrate today as they piled on the points over the festive period. Manchester C...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Big Sam Hammers home his credentials as the FA Cup heralds Joe’s return

“On CV, who is there to beat me?” was the question. “Sir Alex?” came the reply. “Arsene; perhaps Rafa?” Not the bullish claims of Mourinho as you might expect. Not the mad rantings of Neil Warnock either. No these were the lofty claims of Mike Bassett… erm, sorry Sam Allardyce on Saturday ev...

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