Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ali Al-Habsi

Wigan and Bolton play each other this week, and Wigan will not be allowed to use their on-loan goalkeeper.  This is a big blow for them.  Al-Habsi nearly single-handedly beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane earlier this season, and his insertion into the starting XI really kicked off a surge in form for the Latics.

Now Roberto Martinez is making noises about signing our Omani international on a permanent basis.  Hang on a minute there Sparky.  We've got a line of succession to think about here.

As for the match today, I think Bolton will get a result.  They have been very solid away from home this season, and are probably a better team overall.  I think a 1-1 draw is likely, but the Wanderers could steal a win if they get a bit of luck.

Also look for a big change in what has been a very consistent starting XI for Bolton.  I think Martin Petrov may be dropped in favor of Mark Davies, with Stuart Holden moving out to the wing.  His goal against Manchester United notwithstanding, Petrov's form has not been good.  I don't think this would be a permanent move, but away from home, against a physical team that packs the center of midfield, Davies is a good guy to have on the pitch.

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