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The Rivals: Wigan

Wigan will have to improve on their opening-day defeat, 0-4 at home to new-boys Blackpool, if they're to prolong their top-flight stay...

A messy break-up with Swansea preceded Roberto Martinez’s arrival in June 2009, and at times last season the Spaniard might have wondered whether it was worth the hassle as his side infuriated and confounded in equal measure. Martinez sparked a furore in October when he allegedly claimed the FA were intimidated by Sir Alex, though he later phoned the United boss to clarify his comments.

Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland led the team out against Blackpool. The side was previously skippered by former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot, who left the Latics this summer to play in Qatar.

Top man
Maynor Figueroa was a mainstay at full-back last season and scored that astonishing long-range goal at Stoke in December. He was one of the better players in plucky Honduras’ short-lived World Cup finals; little wonder, then, that he’s since been linked with a move to a bigger club.

New signings
Mauro Boselli is an Argentinian striker who arrived from Estudiantes after taking advice from ex-Red Juan Sebastian Veron. Paraguay centre-back Antolin Alcaraz has joined from Club Brugge.

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Athletic encounters

Dates for the diary
20 November 2010 (h)
26 February 2011 (a)

2009/10 results
5-0 (h), 5-0 (a)

Last three seasons
2009/10 - 16th
2008/09 - 11th
2007/08 - 14th


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