Southampton v Wigan team news & preview

Updated: August 25, 2012

Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Wigan at St Mary’s

Southampton will look to build on their spirited performance against Manchester City when they welcome Wigan to St Marys for the club’s first home game of the new season.

Nigel Adkins side led City with 17 minutes to go but ultimately could not hold on with Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri nicking a win for the Champions. The Premier League newcomers will no doubt take plenty of heart from their performance in Manchester and they will fancy their chances of grabbing three points against Wigan.

Wigan were equally spirited in their performance against Chelsea and were it not for two defensive errors would be heading to the South Coast with a point in the bag already. James McCarthy was a key player against the Champions League winners and Martinez will once again be looking to the Irish international to pull the string in the middle of the field.

Team news:

Southampton will be without former Chelsea starlet Jack Cork as he continues his recovery from an ankle knock picked up in pre-season while Tadanari Lee could be involved from the bench after he played 70 minutes for the development team this week.

Steven Davis could start after his goal scoring appearance from the bench against Manchester City last week with fellow substitute Ricky Lambert, who also netted in the 3-2 loss to the Champions, set to start up front.

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Wigan are sweating on the fitness of James McArthur, Jean Beausejour and Shaun Moloney.

Moloney and McArthur picked up back and leg injuries in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend and were both substituted during the game while former Birmingham winger Beausejour missed the game due to a soft tissue problem and will be assessed.

Roberto Martinez will also be without Victor Moses, another who impressed on the opening weekend, after the club accepted a bid from Chelsea for the player although Ryo Miyaichi, on loan from Arsenal, could make his first start.

Prediction: Both sides will be keen to prove a point after opening day defeats and while the sale of Moses will see Wigan written off once more they should bounce back and be good enough to claim a draw against Southampton. 1-1.

Southampton (from): Davis, Gazzaniga, Richardson, Butterfield, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Hooiveld, Fonte, Seaborne, Stephens, Chambers, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Hammond, Davis, Lambert, Lee, Rodriguez, Sharp.

Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Di Santo, Maloney, Moses, Pollitt, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Boselli, Fyvie, Ramis, Beausejour, Stam, Lopez, Figueroa, Miyaichi.

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