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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on November 17, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2013

Things did not end well for Wigan the last time it faced Liverpool, as the team was soundly beaten by the Reds, 3-0 in November.

Luis Suarez did the damage in that game, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Now, Wigan will be fighting for at least a point, hoping to stave off the dreaded relegation zone. Wigan is currently 17th in the table and is only remaining ahead of Aston Villa on goal differential, as the two teams are tied in points with 24.

For Liverpool, the chance to play its way into the automatic Europa League qualifying spot or even Champions League qualification is still a possibility. The Reds are currently eight points behind Arsenal for fifth place and 10 points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

If nothing else, Liverpool will hope to finish higher than its current eighth place in the table and build momentum for next year. Wigan may be more desperate for the points, but Liverpool still has plenty to play for.

 

When: Saturday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. ET

Where: DW Stadium, Wigan, England

Watch: FOX Soccer

StreamingFOX Soccer 2Go

 

What They're Saying

Arouna Kone brought a lot of frustration with him after returning to Wigan from the Africa Cup of Nations, where he was an unused substitute in the Ivory Coast's last three games.

Now, the team's most dangerous offensive player (10 goals and five assists in all competitions this season) is ready to turn that frustration into a positive (via Richard Jolly of ESPN):

"I went to the African Cup of Nations with the aim of playing, and obviously I didn't play as much as I would have hoped," he told the Wigan Observer.

"The flip side of that was that I come back refreshed, which will hopefully help Wigan Athletic move up to their rightful position in the league.

"If I had played every game for the Ivory Coast, I perhaps would have been a bit tired and worn out. Instead I am hungry and fresh, and I think I have shown that in the last two matches."

 

Wigan Player to Watch: Ali Al Habsi, Keeper

Let's be honest with ourselves—Liverpool is likely to control possession and pepper the Wigan back line with chances. If Wigan is to have a shot of gaining a point or even winning, they'll need Ali Al Habsi to be on his game.

Habsi is coming off a clean sheet against Reading, so hopefully he and his defensive compatriots will be sturdy against an improved Liverpool attack. If Habsi doesn't bring his A-game, Wigan could be in serious trouble.

 

Liverpool Player to Watch: Luis Suarez, Striker

Who were you expecting, Joe Allen?

Suarez has been spectacular for Liverpool, scoring 25 goals and adding four assists in 37 appearances across all competitions this season. Before the team added Daniel Sturridge in January and while Fabio Borini was injured earlier in the year, Suarez was essentially the team's only offensive threat.

If Wigan hopes to pull off the upset, the team must first contain Suarez. Of course, as any other team in the Premier League can tell you, that's easier said than done.

 

Prediction

Wigan's fight to remain out of the relegation zone will take a hit Saturday. The team that has given up 51 goals in the league (tied for 18th) won't be able to keep a rejuvenated Liverpool offense off the board. Liverpool wins, 2-0.

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