Saturday, December 02, 2006

Wigan vs Liverpool Preview

As we move on to yet another round of English Premiership fixture, it is yet another...

Away game for Liverpool.

I hear you trembling in fear again. But fear not, because this is yet another opportunity for Liverpool to break the curse, the hoodoo, the away day blues.

The game will certainly not be easy, as Wigan, the fairy tale of last season, is a very difficult team to beat especially at home. They are a hardworking team with some technically brilliant players and some tough ones.

Last season when we're going through a rough patch, we managed a slender win over Wigan with Hyypia scoring. That win broke a run of 2 consecutive losses and put us back on track.

It was also against Wigan that Peter Crouch finally found his scoring touch by hitting two past them.

Will we be able to break the hoodoo against Wigan again this season? It was somewhere around this time last year that we finally found the momentum and changed gear and ended up 3rd in the league with only a point difference with ManYoo.

But injuries hasn't been kind to us, with around half a dozen of players still in the treatment room. The good news will definitely be the return of Xabi Alonso, as he will automatically takes over deput, Jamie Carragher's position and play alongside skipper, Steven Gerrard.

There might also be changes upfront for the Reds as Benitez looks to rotate the strikers once again. This time round, Dirk Kuyt might be relegated to the bench for the arrival of Craig Bellamy, who was cleared off charges and returned to training without further problems. He will have a possibility of partnering Crouch.

As I've mentioned, Wigan will be a tough nut to crack and their confidence will be built on the fact that Liverpool have struggled to get goals especially against Pompey at Anfield on Thursday. They will look to shut out Liverpool once again but I personally think they will have a go at Liverpool, seeing our away form being disastrous and several players lacking in confidence.

They're a team who can play nice football and Liverpool should be aware of that. Long ball to Heskey aside, they could utilise the pace of Henri Camara to trouble the Liverpool defence, which must be at their guard.

Drogballs' Prediction: Wigan 0-1 Liverpool. A very tight game decided by a moment of brilliance perhaps. And a day which we will break our away day hoodoo.

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