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Wigan v Everton preview

Boyce suspended for Latics, Toffees waiting on duo

Last Updated: 24/11/08 9:10pm

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Wigan v Everton preview

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Wigan will be looking to climb out of the bottom three when they tackle in-form Everton on Monday evening.

PREDICTIONS: prediction: Wigan 1 Everton 1 Sky Bet odds: Wigan 17/10, Draw 21/10, Everton 17/10 One to Watch: Mikel Arteta Bet on Monday's match

Wigan are unbeaten in their last three matches but they dropped into the relegation zone over the weekend as Newcastle and Tottenham both picked up points.

The Latics have not won at home since the 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the end of September, while Amr Zaki's penalty in that match was the last time they scored at the JJB Stadium.

Egyptian striker Zaki missed the 2-2 draw against Newcastle due to injury, while Emile Heskey also sat out the clash at St James' Park.

Manager Steve Bruce will be desperate to recall the two forwards to boost his side's firepower, but Heskey (hamstring) and Zaki (rib and calf) remain doubtful.

The fitness of Mario Melchiot (knee) and Jason Koumas (groin) will also be assessed ahead of kick-off, while Emmerson Boyce is suspended.

The likes of Henri Camara, Ryan Taylor, Olivier Kapo, Daniel De Ridder and Michael Brown will all be hoping to feature if players are ruled out.

Major doubts

Everton have surged to seventh in the table and can move up another place with victory at Wigan.

David Moyes' men were held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough last time out, ending a run of three successive wins.

Three more points would take them within one of stuttering Arsenal, although Moyes has major doubts over two of his midfielders.

Marouane Fellaini has a groin strain and Steven Pienaar is also struggling with the knee complaint which ruled him out of South Africa's friendly against Cameroon last week.

Moyes is unlikely to make too many changes but may give youngster Jack Rodwell another chance to impress if Fellaini and Pienaar both fail to recover in time.

Possible starting XIs

Wigan: Kirkland, Taylor, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Palacios, Kapo, Zaki, Camara.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Osman, Cahill, Fellaini, Arteta, Yakubu, Saha.

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