Latics head to St Mary's for their first away game of the season.
Southampton v Wigan Athletic
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 25th August 2012, Kick Off 3.00pm
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
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Latics’ first away game of the season takes Roberto Martinez’s side to the south coast for a Barclays Premier League first, having two former Latics players in charge of the two teams. This will be no easy task for Latics as this is Southampton’s first home game on their return to the top flight and it promises to be a carnival atmosphere.
Southampton opened up their season with a daunting away game at the Etihad Stadium during which they gave an extremely good account of themselves pushing the Barclays Premier League Champions all the way. The promoted side briefly led 2-1 in the game which game their hosts an almighty scare, before Samir Nasri spared Mancini’s blushes with an 80th minute winner.
Latics are looking to maintain the performance they showed in the last 80 minutes of their opening game against Chelsea. Roberto Martinez admitted his side started with a lack of intensity for which they were punished with two early goal. Once they up their game, they matched Chelsea in every part of the pitch, dominating possession and creating a number of good goal scoring opportunities.
Roberto Martinez will use the remaining two training sessions this week to check on the fitness of Shaun Maloney, James McArthur and Jean Beausejour. The latter did not feature at all against Chelsea due to a small hamstring tear. James McArthur continues to struggle with some minor back pain while Shaun Maloney had to come off after a collision with Branislav Ivanovic which left the Scot with a dead leg.
Southampton’s Jack Cork who sustained an ankle injury in the pre-season game against Bristol City could be in contention to make his first appearance of the season.
Head to Head
These two team have only met on one previous occasion, an FA Cup fourth round tie in January 1986 when Southampton were 3-0 winners.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Andy Garratt & Mick McDonough
Fourth Official: Dean Mohareb