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Premier League preview: Fulham vs Wigan

19 Apr 2012

koclokindoblog, 19 April 2012, Wigan head to London on Saturday knowing a win over Fulham could see them eight points clear of relegation by the end of the weekend.

Wigan have won four of their last five games and a victory in London would almost ensure safety for Roberto Martinez's side with three matches to go.

Victor Moses and Shaun Maloney have been crucial in Wigan's late move up the table.

Moses scored a 90th-minute goal to seal Wigan's 2-0 victory over Stoke on April 1 and then set up Jordi Gomez's goal in his side's 2-1 triumph against Arsenal on Tuesday.

Maloney has hit the back of the net twice in Wigan's brilliant recent streak including a long-range stunner against Manchester United as his side won 1-0.

Wigan's two most recent wins against United and Arsenal have seen Martinez's men show their ability to attack quickly, particularly along the flanks, and keep a strong defensive formation when they do not have the ball.

Fulham are also in decent form heading into Saturday's game with two wins and a draw in their last three matches, although that comes after three defeats in a row.

Unlike most other Premier League clubs, Fulham have not played since April 9 when Clint Dempsey's late goal clinched a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

That was Dempsey's 16th league goal of the season and the American forward will be keen to prove on Saturday that he should have been on the PFA's short list for Player of the Season.

Dempsey is easily Fulham's top scorer for the season with 22 in all competitions, with Andrew Johnson the next best with 11 goals.

It is the 29-year-old's sixth season with Fulham and easily his best in terms of goals.

Despite that he was left off the PFA's shortlist that only featured players from the top four clubs in the EPL.

Dempsey has thrived with the likes of Moussa Dembele, Bryan Ruiz and Danny Murphy buzzing around Fulham's midfield.

Martin Jol's side head into Saturday's match in 10th position with 43 points.

Strikers Pavel Pogrebnyak and Johnson could return from injury against Wigan.

Wigan are 16th on the EPL table with 34 points, five points clear of Bolton who occupy 18th spot and the third relegation berth.

Martinez could have Maloney back in the side after the Scottish midfielder missed his team's win over Arsenal due to a knee injury he suffered at training.

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