Last Updated: 03/11/12 5:04pm
It looks to be slipping away for Spurs in what will be a majestic victory for the Latics, the north Londoners failing to score at home for the first time since March 11.
Weak clearance from Friedel straight to Gomez who just casually dribbles the ball towards the right corner flag to run down the clock.
Foul by Caldwell on Dempsey earns Spurs another attacking free-kick within range for Bale, but the Welshman's effort is weak and fails to trouble Al Habsi.
Away by Carroll for Adebayor but the replacement striker blown up for a foul in challenging for the ball in the air.
The official on the touchlines signals five minutes of added time: will it be enough for Spurs or will Wigan hold on?
Good ball from Tom Huddlestone to Bale on the left but the Welshman couldn't do much, scubbering the ball into the hands of Al Habsi.
Caulker stays forward for Spurs after the set-piece but his header from a loose ball towards the box is easily gathered by Al Habsi.
Vertonghen and Gomez battle for a long ball played forward for the replacement forward and the Latics earn themselves a free-kick.
Sigurdsson's shot from outside the box is blocked as Wigan are once again back on defence to deny a dogged Spurs attack.
A delay in play as Beausejour receives treatment for a knock he suffered in clearing the ball from the set-piece.
Dempsey hustles in the box to contest yet another Bale corner-kick, but Beausejour manages to clear the danger.
Villas-Boas' facial expression says it all as the Portuguese tactician can only look on with his side behind on the scoreboard.
Bale whips in a free-kick from deep-right, but Spurs fail to capitalise despite having packed the box with attackers.
Having swapped sides with Lennon, Bale is causing a few worries for Wigan with his blitzes down the right flank.
Gomez with his first touch of the ball earns Latics another free-kick over the halfway line, Sigurdsson the offending tackler.
Caulker with a decent header to the far post from Bale's corner out on the right, James McCarthy well-placed to clear the ball off the line.
Bale tries to curl the ball in the left corner from the right, Habisi with an acrobatic save to tip the ball away.
Bale getting forward a bit more as he makes a good run, taking on all-comers before playing the ball off to the right.
Gallas just gets enough of the ball to nudge the back-pass to Friedel with Kone running hard to claim the ball off the Frenchman.
After an ineffectual contribution, Defoe comes off for Adebayor, much to the home supporters disapproval.
Long ball upfield for Defoe fails to deliver the desired effect as the crowd grows restless with Adebayor warming up on he sidelines.
Watson releases Di Santo to his left but the Argentine's ball forward for strike partner Kone is disappointing long.
Dempsey takes a slight blow to the head as he looks to contest for ball inside the Latics' area with Caldwell.
Bale slips the ball forward for Vertonghen on attack but the defender can't make much of the opportunity.
Beausejour tries to put in a decent ball from the left for Kone in the area, but Caulker blocks the pass.
Just realised that we thrashed Wigan 9-1 three years ago! Has the makings of a 2-2 here with Spurs going into a two-goal lead early in the second then conceding a couple of soft ones late on. John Polley
Wigan have not been too good at the back and either have spurs so im going for a thriller as spurs can score and as a spurs fan sorry wigan im going 5-3 to spurs. Peter Stokoe
Spurs keeping play inside Wigan's half for the time being, once again using the width of the park in an effort to find an opening goal.
Bale with a good delivery across the face of goal from the left that draws a low smothering save from Habisi with Defoe baring down on him.
Caldwell with a lovely ball to the right for Kone, who cuts the ball back to the edge of the area for Ben Waton, but his shot is wastefully skied over the crossbar.
It's starting look rather lethargic from Spurs at the moment who seem to just be going through the motions.
Wigan look good for a surprise attack or two, especially with Kone and Maloney putting in the hard yards and making a nuisance of themselves going forward.
Spurs caught napping as the Latics play the ball long from a quick free-kick, William Gallas able to block Maloney's shot at the near post.
Villas-Boas cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines as his side battles to prise open a stringent defence.
Bale teases in a decent ball for Steven Caulker to rise and get a head to the ball, but just off target.
Latics with an inspired passage of play but Spurs manage to hold off the attacking surge from Martinez's men.
Wigan carve their way through Spurs' defence yet again with Maloney to make a fine strike on goal, only for Friedel to make himself big and deliver a great stop.
Latics seemingly happy to sit back and let Spurs come at them with the capital club not entirely convincing in their attacking play.
Sigurdsson gets the ball off Franco Di Santo in midfield but the latter stays down with Spurs trying to capitalise on the brief numerical advantage.
Terrific save from Friedel after Kone opened Spurs' defence up brilliantly to take a shot from close-range.
Straight into the action for Sigurdsson who tries to weasel a goalscoring chance from the edge of the area.
Early substitution for Spurs as Sandro departs and heads straight down the tunnel with Gylfi Sigurdsson taking to the field.
Vertonghen with a good turn-and-shoot on the volley off the clearance from the set-piece, but it's straight at Ali Al Habisi.
Kone out to the left but with the Latics short on numbers in the box the striker's efforts are wasted.
Maynor Figueroa does well to head the ball clear after Bale whips in a cross from the left into the area.
Spurs spreading the ball form right to left with Lennon and Bale eager to spread their legs out wide.
Spurs play the ball back to Brad Friedel from the halfway line as the opt to build their attacking play from deep.
Dempsey, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker look to link up down the right at pace that draws a corner for the hosts.
Dempsey lets rip with his right foot shot from range that takes an unseen deflection off a defender's boot into touch.
The home side looking to play a high-tempo game, trying to get the ball up the park quickly and into the danger area.
Latics playing a dangerous game, passing the ball around at the back with Spurs applying the pressure on the defence.
Clint Dempsey with a run down the right before fires in an angled shot that takes a deflection for a corner.
Don't think we'll stuff them like last year but this is a lucky fixture to have when we're looking to get back in the groove. John Polley
Hi I'm a spurs fan. Going 2-1 to spurs today. Feel spurs could scores more goals but they lack firepower up front . Hopefully will be improved upon in january transfer window. Haven't been impressed with dempsey yet been below par and playing poor. Hopefully spurs don't concede in the last 5 mins . They have a bad habit of doing that. Matt Lavantine
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Roberto Martinez will not have winger Ryo Miyaichi available again as he struggled to recuperate from a groin injury that has kept him sidelined for three matches. Defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and winger Albert Crusat (knee) are the Latics' long-term casualties.
Spurs continue to make do without playmaker Mousa Dembele due to an ongoing a hip injury, but striker Emmanuel Adebayor returns after overcoming a stomach bug that saw him miss the defeat at Carrow Road and takes up a spot on the bench. Unfortunately, midfielder Jake Livermore misses out after he picked up an ankle injury.
Tottenham are the 4/9 favourites for victory with Sky Bet with Wigan 6/1 to cause an upset and the draw 100/30. Gareth Bale is 6/1 to open the scoring for a third successive game while Jermain Defoe is the 3/1 favourite to net first.
The Latics, meanwhile, suffered a massive blow to their morale after also being dumped out of the League Cup by Bradford City on Tuesday. This, after a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend boosted their flagging fortunes.
An inconsistent Spurs will hope for a return to winning ways were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Norwich on Wednesday night. The midweek disappointment came just days after a narrow 2-1 win for the capital club over Southampton in their last league encounter.