Last Updated: 25/08/12 9:50pm
FULL TIME. Wigan win here at St Mary's. it was a deserved victory and gets them up and running. Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.
Saints take the corner and Lallana crosses from the left edge of the box to Fonte at the far post but his volley from six yards goes wide.
Lallana tries a low effort from 28 yards in the centre and Al Habsi dives low to his right to push the ball out for a corner on the left.
GOAL - KONE!!! Kone steals the ball off Fonte near the halfway line on the left and runs into the box before shooting low to the left past the diving K Davis. That will win it for the Latics but the replay shows Kone clipped Fonte and it should have been a foul.
Kone crosses from the right towards Gomez on the edge of the box in front of goal but Hooiveld tackles and Saints clear.
Lambert wins a throw in 20 yards out on the left. He takes and Fox finds Lallana on the left edge of the box. He runs into the box and tries a low effort from 12 yards which Al Habsi turns around his post for a corner on the left.
Kone plays a great one-two with Gomez before shooting at goal from ten yards on the right but Lallana gets back and just does enough to put him off to shoot wide. Kone needs treatment on the pitch but is okay to continue.
Saints take and Lambert's cross from the left is headed at goal by Hooiveld from eight yards on the right but it hits the bar and goes over.
It is all Wigan and Figueroa latches onto Boyce's cross from the right. He crosses across the face of goal from the left but Davis clears.
Wigan take the corner and Gomez eventually tries an effort from 22 yards on the left but K Davis saves before Kone is given offside as he latches onto the ball.
McCarthy fells Guly for a Saints free-kick just inside their half on the right. They take but Caldwell wins the ball on the edge of his box and clears.
Wigan win a free-kick midway in their half on the left. They take but Gomez loses the ball with his first touch.
Saints take the corner and the ball falls to Lallana but his effort from 20 yards to the left is well wide.
Lambert tries a powerful 28 yard effort from just to the right of goal but Al Habsi makes a great save to his left to push the ball out for a corner to the right.
Fox floats the ball into the Wigan box and the ref points for a corner on the right, although replays show Fonte got the last touch. Saints take but Caldwell's back header under pressure near the far post hits Lambert and goes out for a goal kick.
Lallana takes the corner and Al Habsi punches the ball away in the box. It falls to Fox who volleys at goal from 28 yards in front of goal and Al Habsi again punches the ball away.
The Saints defence is all over the place at present. Boyce crosses from ten yards on the right and K Davis manages to push the ball away in the box.
Figueroa tries to cross from the left towards Kone in the centre of the box but it is too high and Saints clear.
GOAL - DI SANTO!!! Maloney feeds the ball to Di Santo who blasts the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards to the right of goal.
Guly crosses from 25 yards on the right and Lambert heads at goal from eight yards in the centre of the box but Al Habsi gets down well to save low to his left and Wigan clear the box.
Clyne tries to run into the right side of the box but Figueroa tackles. Guly latches onto the ball and tries to get to the right byline but Figueroa tackles again and clears.
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 11/8 for a Southampton win, also 11/8 for the draw and 3/1 for a Wigan victory. My 1-1 prediction with Lambert scoring first is still on but can anyone break the deadlock here? Send your views / predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post up the best when I get back with my brew.
HALF TIME. It is all square at the break in a tight game here at St Mary's, stay with us for the second period.
Schneiderlin crosses from 30 yards on the right towards Rodriquez in the centre but it is just too high and Al Habsi gathers.
Lallana tries to create a yard of space for himself 25 yards out to the left of goal but Caldwell tackles and clears.
McCarthy feeds the ball to Di Santo who tries an effort from eigfht yards to the left of goal but it goes wide of the far post.
Saints break forward and Lambert squares the ball from the left across the edge of the box to Lallana just to the right of goal. He tries to lob Al Habsi but the keeper easily gathers.
Guly crosses from 12 yards on the right but Caldwell heads away before Fox mis-kicks on the edge of the box and Wigan clear.
Boyce wins a free-kick 40 yards out on the left. Wigan take short and keep good possession before Alcaraz wins a free-kick midway in his own half on the right.
Rodriquez crosses from 25 yards on the left but it is over hit and goes harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Wigan take the corner short and feed the ball to McCarthy who tries an effort from 30 yards in front of goal but Lallana blocks.
Di Santo wins a throw in 12 yards out on the right off Fox. Wigan take and Boyce crosses from the right towards Figueroa who volleys at goal from six yards on the left and Fox heads it out for a corner on the left.
Lambert releases Guly into the right side of the box but he uses his arm to control the ball and the ref gives a free-kick to Wigan.
Guly tries to run into the box from the centre but Caldwell tackles. The ball falls to Fox but Boyce tackles and clears. Fox needs treatment on the pitch.
Lallana whips the free-kick into the box but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick on the far side.
Clyne hits a great pass from 35 yards on the right, bisecting the Wigan defence and sending Lallana into the right side of the box but Caldwell is over to tackle and concede the corner on the right. Great tackle.
Wigan keep good possession Maloney's pass is too hard for Alcaraz and it goes out for a Saints throw in near the halfway line on the left.
Saints take the corner and win another on the right. They take but Lambert shoots wide from close range under pressure.
Lallana hits a great curling effort from 25 yards on the right which is heading into the top corner but Al Habsi manages to get a left hand on it and pushes it onto the bar and over for a corner on the left.
Al Habsi hits a long ball forward but K Davis is quickly off his line and gathers ahead of the onrushing Di Santo.
Figueroa crosses into the box from 25 yards on the left but Fox puts it out for a throw in ten yards on the right.
Melvyn from Epsom says: 'Afternoon Steve, my prediction is 3-1 to southampton with Lambert scoring 2 and Lallana scoring the other, The goal for wigan being scored by Figueroa.' Cheers Melvyn, enjoy the game!
Maloney wins a free-kick just inside the Saints half. Wigan take and keep possession before Lallana intercepts McCarthy's crossfield ball to the right.
Wigan break forward and Figueroa crosses into the box from ten yards on the left but Fox deflects the ball back to his keeper.
Fox takes the corner but Caldwell heads away before Lallana's cross back into the box is cleared by Alcaraz at the near post.
K Davis hits a long ball forward and McCarthy fouls Lambert for a Saints free-kick 35 yards out in front of goal. They take short and keep possession before Guly wins a corner on the right.
Wigan keep good possession before Maloney tries to release Figueroa into the left corner but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.
Saints come again and Boyce fouls Guly and gets booked. It is a Saints free-kick 20 yards out on the left.
Schneiderlin hits a crossfield ball to try and release Rodriquez into the left corner but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.
FIRST VIEW - Ash in Southampton says: 'Afternoon steve, my prediction is saints to win 2-0 and lambert and sharp to score should be a good game COYR!!!!' Cheers Ash, enjoy the game!
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 11/10 for a Southampton win, 12/5 for the draw and 12/5 also for a Wigan win. I think this game will be tight, with the Saints blazing out of the traps and scoring via Lambert before Wigan peg them back for a 1-1 draw. My scorecast of Lambert to score first and a 1-1 draw pays a handsome 25/1 with Skybet! What are your views / predictions for today's game? Send them to email@example.com and I will post up the best.
Teams - Wigan: Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Beausejour.
Teams - Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Guly, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Gazzaniga, Sharp, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Shaw, Seaborne, Puncheon.
Teams - Rickie Lambert makes his first Premier League start today. The 30-year-old scored after coming off the bench in last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Manchester City and is joined in the starting line-up by the other goalscorer, Steven Davis. Wigan start life without Victor Moses after he joined Chelsea, with summer signing Arouna Kone making his first start for the club in his place.