Paul Farrington of wiganer.net provides the view from Wigan ahead of their visit to Anfield.
How's your form heading to Anfield?
Indifferent at the minute. On the whole our performances are of a good standard but we have been suffering from critical lapses in concentration and conceding sloppy goals. We've had good wins over West Ham and Tottenham in recent weeks but lost at home against West Brom despite having the better of the game. The major difference from last season is that with Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo up front we're always going to score goals.
Which are your favourite away trips?
With prices in the Premier League spiralling and the recession showing no signs of ending fans are being forced to pick and choose their away day travels. I know the Premier League are concerned about the declining levels of travelling support across the division with once fabled away support now dwindling to levels seen in La Liga and Serie A. On a more positive note, I have been fortunate enough to see the Latics at places such as Doncaster Rovers, or Oxford United so trips to Anfield, Old Trafford, St James' Park, and Stamford Bridge etc. would have represented a dream come true for a little boy supporting his local team. There is something very special about seeing the Latics walk out on places such as Anfield to face such a historically successful team as Liverpool.
Songs or chants we're bound to hear?
'We come from Wigan and we live in mud huts' is perhaps the most common chant although it often leaves home fans perplexed as to why we would like to announce such a fact.
Wigan have a chance at Anfield because...
I believe we are unbeaten at Anfield for five years now. This is a fact that was discussed around our office over the last week and raised more than an eyebrow. We managed a terrific result last season with Gary Caldwell's delightful Cruyff turn bamboozling Andy Carroll. That result was the start of our run to survival last season and if anything we are even stronger this season. Hopefully Shaun Maloney and James McArthur will be fit as both players are vital to our first team, in particular Maloney is the main supply line to our in-form front two of Kone and Di Santo.
Best way to beat Wigan?
Be tough to beat. We like to be the team in possession and take games to the opposition. Even away from home we like to enjoy a good share of possession. If you're tough to beat and can soak up pressure we're always liable to gift you a simple goal or two as West Brom witnessed last week.
This is very tough at the moment as we have a strong first 11. If you had to nail me down it would be Ben Watson in midfield and that is only because he sometimes needs a second too long on the ball. Make no mistake though, Watson may well be considered the weak link here, but he is more than capable of playing a killer pass to dissect opposition defences for our lethal front two.
Player(s) you're most worried about on our side?
Luiz Suarez is always a concern for me. His movement and constant threat mean he will pounce on the slightest mistake of our defence. Aligned with the drive and determination of Steven Gerrard it's a big threat. I've also been impressed with young Sterling and his skills could open the door if we give him too much space and time.
If you were manager for the day...
We wouldn't be as successful. You'll have to go a long way to find a Wigan Athletic supporter who thinks he can do a better job that Roberto Martinez. In the three and a half years he has been our manager we have grown terrifically as a club. Where our former managers focussed solely on a first 11 of former stars on their way down the leagues, Martinez has grown our whole infrastructure and slashed the playing budget. We're playing the best football I have ever seen a Wigan Athletic team play and we're standing on our own two feet financially. There has to be an immense amount of praise for the job Roberto has done to achieve this.
I think we're capable of nicking a point so I'll go for a 1-1 draw. Suarez equalising after Franco Di Santo's opener.