With just a handful of fixtures remaining, just one of these sides has anything to play for. Even though they have been used to struggling at this stage of the season in the past, Fulham are sat in a comfortable 10th position and Martin Jol’s only aim is to probably try and pull his side into the top half. Wigan on the other hand require more points as they bid to beat the drop for another season.
Having spent so little in the transfer market in comparison with their top half rivals, the fact that Fulham find themselves in 10th spot is a remarkable achievement at this stage of the campaign. The Cottagers have constantly kept their heads above water and with just three points separating them from Liverpool, some supporters may be aiming to do the unthinkable and finish above the Anfield outfit. Judging by recent form, it is very possible that Martin Jol’s men will finish in the top half as well. The club are currently on an unbeaten run of three games, having drawn against Chelsea and comfortably beaten Bolton and Norwich. Moreover, with the club losing just one game at Craven Cottage since Boxing Day, they will be almightily confident as they prepare to play another home game.
Wigan are another side who find themselves in terrific form at the moment and if the Latics can continue to perform as they are doing, they will definitely avoid the drop. Roberto Martinez’s men are on an incredible run which has seen them lose just twice in their last eleven games, with victories over Manchester United and Arsenal being included in that run. This sort of form has helped propel Wigan into 16th position and with the DW Stadium outfit five points clear of the bottom three, their survival is looking more and more likely by the week.
It’s mixed news for Fulham ahead of this clash, with Martin Jol firstly set to be without Steve Sidwell and Stephen Kelly as the duo continue to sit on the treatment table. However, the Cottagers will at least be able to call upon Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak after they recovered from their respective issues. Wigan on the other hand are preparing to be without Albert Crusat, while Shaun Maloney is also penned in for a late fitness test as he struggles on the sidelines. On a more positive note, Roberto Martinez is hopeful that Hugo Rodallega can make his long-awaited return having not featured for the past six weeks due to a knee problem.
With Fulham possessing very good home form up to this clash and Wigan succeeding on all levels, our prediction is going to be a draw. In a great spectacle for the neutral, we think these two sides will cancel each other out in a 2-2 score line.