When and Where: The Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan kicks off at Anfield on Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT. A live stream is available at FoxSoccer2Go, with a subscription.
Preview: Because of Liverpool's midweek late collapse -- going from a 2-0 lead to a 3-2 loss at the Queens Park Rangers -- any short-term optimism built up from Liverpool's Carling Cup triumph has evaporated.
Rather than harboring a hope of challenging for a Champions League place, Liverpool could soon find itself among the throng of teams in mid-table.
For a club that spent as much money as Liverpool did at the start of the season to have only 11 wins at this stage of the season and be just three points above newly promoted Swansea is a massive disappointment.
Kenny Dalglish may well have hoped that he could focus on the FA Cup for the remainder of the season in the hopes of the campaign being deemed a success based on a cup double.
But so poor have they been in the league that it is crucial that Liverpool string some wins together before the end of the season to restore hope for next season -- and perhaps to save Dalglish's job.
Wigan's objective between now and the end of the season is one that is becoming increasingly familiar at the DW Stadium. Just as in the past two seasons, Wigan finds itself mired in the relegation zone needing to find a run of form to save itself from the drop.
Although the club has registered a number of draws in recent weeks, its booking of one win in its last 14 league games is simply not good enough. The fact it is only three points from safety says more about the teams around it at the bottom of the table, than it does about itself.
Team News: Martin Kelly is expected to be fit to return to the lineup after being taken off with a knock against QPR. Charlie Adam, who also had to be taken off on Wednesday night remains doubtful and will face a late fitness test.
If Adam doesn't make it, then Jordan Henderson will come into the midfield.
Hugo Rodallega is touch-and-go to return to the Latics attack after being injured against Norwich two weeks ago. With the exception of David Jones and reserve goalkeeper Mike Pollitt, the rest of the squad is available.
Prediction: Both teams have struggled to find the back of the net this season, with Liverpool particularly failing to finish teams off at home.
The home side should just have the quality to edge it, though, in a low-scoring encounter.
Liverpool 1-0 Wigan