Aston Villa – Wigan Athletic Premier League Preview
Roberto Martinez had a reputation for attacking football during his time with Swansea City, but may look towards a pressing formation to kick-start the Premier League for Wigan Athletic.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have the pressing issue of handing the armband to a capable player, and Stiliyan Petrov appears to be in pole position to bear the burden of being the leader. It is still unclear as to how deep the wound of losing Gareth Barry will hurt the Villans, but Martin O’Neill will have anticipated the departure of his captain a year ago when Liverpool were chasing him. The pre-season should have given him sufficient time to prepare his boys for a new chase, and reach the heights of glory.
However, the manager will know that if Villa are to break into the top-four this season, they will have to rake in all three points against the Latics.