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West Ham v Wigan preview

PUBLISHED: 12:49 23 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 05 October 2010

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 29:  during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 29, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 29: during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 29, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Preview of West Ham's vital home game with Wigan

The opposition

Inconsistent Wigan have managed to beat Arsenal and Chelseas this season but have also been beaten 9-1 by Spurs, 4-0 by Bolton and even lost 2-0 at home to Notts County in the FA Cup.

Nonetheless the north-west club are probably safe for another season after that amazing comeback on Sunday and it is probably a good time for West Ham to take them on.

Charles N'Zogbia is a real creative force in the midfield and his delivery from set pieces will have to be watched.

Hugo Rodallega has battled away as a lone forward for the majority of the season and his power could pose a few problems to Matthew Upson and Manuel Da Costa.

At the back Titus Bramble is much-improved and has had a consistent season, while the technically gifted Paul Scharner has also had a good campaign.

The manager

In his first full season as manager Roberto Martinez (above) has probably achieved his objective of keeping the club in the division.

Losing Antonio Valencia was a big blow, but they have managed to hold on to talented full back Manuel Figueroa and although the signing of Jason Scotland has not gone to plan, bringing Victor Moses to the club seems an estute signing.

Martinez's side's inconsistency will worry him however and we will be hopeful of ironing this problem out for next season.

Form guide

West Ham home: WLLLW.

Wigan away: DLLLL.

West Ham overall: LLDWL.

Wigan overall: WLLDW.

Recent meetings

A Rodallega goal was enough to win the game for Wigan at the DW Stadium earlier in the season, while the season before the Hammers did the double over the Latics.

Carlton Cole netted a first half winner in the north-west, while an Amr Zaki strike was cancelled out by a Dean Ashton double.

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