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Fulham at Wigan: Cottagers eye rare away win

last updated Saturday 15th September 2007, 10:08 AM

Fulham will be hoping for a rare away win when they tackle Wigan at The JJB on Saturday.

Team Wigan Fulham
Games Played 5 5
Goal Attempts
Goals 6 8
Ave Goals per game 1.20 1.60
Shots (excl blocked shots) 61 56
% Shots on Target 34% 48%
% Goals to Shots 10% 14%
Short Passes 1,028 972
Long Passes 296 295
Overall Pass Completion % 71% 64%
Total Crosses 71 108
Cross Completion % 21% 26%
Goals Conceded 4 10
Ave goals conceded per game 0.80 2.00
Tackles 98 84
Tackles Won % 82% 76%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 348 298
Fouls 70 81
Yellow Cards 6 10
Red Cards 1 1

The Cottagers have gone 19 Premier League outings without an away success following their 2-1 win at Newcastle last September.

The Latics have a good record against Fulham having tasted defeat just once in the last six meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Wigan are a tough nut to crack at home with a 100 per cent league record at The JJB this term, although Hull secured a surprise League Cup success as manager Chris Hutchings juggled his pack.

Hutchings will definitely be without winger Kevin Kilbane for the clash following his harsh dismissal in Wigan's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle before the international break.

Emmerson Boyce is set to fill the void vacated by the suspended Kilbane, while recent signing Salomon Olembe is lacking match practice and could be on the bench.

Hutchings will be without Antonio Valencia (knee) and Denny Landzaat (fractured eye socket) for the visit of the Londoners, although Dutch winger Rachid Bouaouzan is in the squad for the first time.

Emile Heskey is set to lead the line alongside Antoine Sibierski following his two impressive outings for England against Israel and Russia.

Former Aston Villa defender Aaron Hughes is set to make his Fulham debut after overcoming an ankle injury.

However, Lee Cook, Philippe Christanval, Ian Pearce and Jimmy Bullard are all unavailable for Lawrie Sanchez due to injury.

Former QPR man Cook is struggling with a knee injury while ex-Wigan favourite Bullard is still lacking fitness following a lengthy lay-off.

New signings Danny Murphy, Seol Ki-hyeon and Shefki Kuqi are all likely to be given bench roles by Sanchez.

Source James Pearson at SkySport
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