FT: Sunderland 1 Wigan 0

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FULL-TIME: Sunderland remain unbeaten this season, but they record their first victory of the Premier League campaign thanks to Steven Fletcher's fifth goal in four games. It was the hosts first win at the Stadium of Light since March and was also Wigan's third successive defeat.

Moments after Arouna Kone put the ball out for a throw with a poor pass, he concedes a soft free-kick.

Larsson crossfield pass to Stephane Sessegnon is a beauty, but he can't quite find James McClean as a Wigan defender clears.

The home supporters were clearly not happy after seeing that board go with showing five minutes. Time for Wigan to try and get a last-gasp equaliser perhaps!

Gary Caldwell and Steven Fletcher come together once again and Sunderladn are awarded the free-kick as the board goes up with five minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

Steven Fletcher and Seb Larsson are down and the game is so stretched at the moment as Wigan pile men forward looking to get the equaliser.

YELLOW CARD: Maynor Figueroa is booked for a very late challenge which is spotted by Howard Webb.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Double change for Wigan as Callum McManaman and Ryo Miyaichi replace James McArthur and Emmerson Boyce. They're going for broke!

James McClean is given a barracking from his own fans for not continuing his run.

YELLOW CARD: Franco Di Santo clatters into the back of Danny Rose, shoving his opponent into the advertising hoardings. A show of frustration from the striker!

Come to think of it, Robert Martinez's side have drawn just one away game in 2012 in the Premier League (W5 D1 L5).

And remember, Sunderland have won none of their last five home games in the Premier League, but have lost just one in that run.

Wigan tend to score goals, just two of their last 16 games have ended without them scoring in the top flight.

SUBSTITUTION: David Vaughan replaces Adam Johnson, who has done well in his first game back. The best is yet to come for Johnson surely!

The inswinger from Adam Johnson is straight into the hands of Ali Al-Habsi though.

Gary Caldwell hacks Steven Fletcher to the floor and now Sunderland win a free-kick in a position of real promise.

As the clock ticks, so will those nerves from the passionate home supporters the longer it stays at one-nil.

Jean Beausejour takes the free-kick on the right edge of the area and looks for Franco Di Santo, but the striker lofts the ball over the crossbar.

YELLOW CARD: James McClean is booked for bringing down James McCarthy right on the edge of the box. That was close to being a penalty!

Ivan Ramis is incensed with referee Howard Webb for not awarding him a free-kick for what looked like an obvious foul on halfway.

Twenty minutes remaining in this match and Wigan will need to start showing some attacking intent if they wish to get something out of this game. 10 men or not!

Titus Bramble seems desperate to score against his fomer club today as he stretches his right leg out to try and stab Larsson's corner home, but instead the ball loops wide.

Adam Johnson's inswinger is palmed behind for a corner by the busy Ali Al-Habsi.

Maynor Figueroa charges into Stephane Sessegnon and Sunderland win the free-kick out wide right.

James McClean looks to play in Fletcher, but the ball is well cut out.

YELLOW CARD: Steven Fletcher goes into the book after demonstrating his kickboxing skills on Maynor Figueroa.

Sunderland have slackened off in the last few minutes and they're not going anywhere with the ball.

Not a bad substitute to bring on because he's scored in stoppage time during the last two meetings between these sides at the Stadium of Light. He's something of a lucky charm for the Latics.

SUBSTITUTION: Franco Di Santo replaces Shaun Maloney for Wigan.

You just wonder why Wigan struggle so much to take their League Cup form into the Premier League. Any ideas?

Laughton emails me and he a happy Mackem: "Get in you beauty! The floodgates will now open, maybe Bramble might get on the scoresheet after all. Can't hear the Fletcher price tag moaners anymore!"

YELLOW CARD: James McCarthy is booked by Howard Webb after another late challenge, but one he apologies for.

She's in a happy mood now and it's all Sunderland right now as they look to create angles and pick their way through.

Alisha is back in touch on Twitter. "He scores when he wants Steven Fletcher scores when he wants!! What a beauty:)"

A goal up against 10-men at the Stadium of Light! You would expect Sunderland to run away with this wouldn't you?

That goal has spung Sunderland into life as Stephane Sessegnon's effort is parried around the post by Ali Al-Habsi.

His 100th Premier League appearance and his fifth goal in four games! What a start to the season for the Scottish forward, signed from Wolves in the summer. He's paying back that big fee with goals and he slotted away James McClean's miss-hit shot to the delight of the home fans to break the deadlock.


Gomez, who has just forced his way into the starting XI, is now facing a three-match ban.

The Latics are down to 10-men right at the start of the second half, which will alter their system immediately.

RED CARD: Wigan's Jordi Gomez has been shown a straight red for going in with his studs up on Danny Rose.

They are also hoping to secure their first home win since March under Martin O'Neill.

No club has started a season with five straight draws and Sunderland will be hoping to avoid that unwanted stat as they get the second half underway.

All four of the goals Sunderland have scored this season have been netted in the first half of games, so they'll have to break that hoodoo in the second half if they want to secure their first victory of the Premier League season.

Leighton is desperate for a home win today. He writes: "Absolutely gutted to be working today, so only news of a Sunderland win will help ease the pain of missing the match. Anyone to score (even Bramble), 1-0 will do. Come on lads, take it to them!!!" Doesn't Bramble usually score in the oppositions net more often than not?

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Sunderland are 7/4 to claim victory with @Skybet, who make Wigan 9/4 and the draw 11/8. My prediction of a comfortable 3-1 win to the home side at 16/1 has now gone out to 40/1. Head now to
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HALF-TIME: Simon Mignolet has produced a couple of world class saves from James McCarthy and then an even better one from Arouna Kone from point-black range to keep the game goalless. At the other end, the set pieces of Seb Larsson have caused problems for Wigan with Ivan Ramis having to clear one of his devilish delievers off the line.

We head into a minute of stoppage time as Sunderland win a coner but Adam Johnson's inswinger is punched clear by Ali Al-Habsi.

I'm pretty certain the strong wind here in the North East took that ball away from goal as he flew through the air.

SO CLOSE!! James McCarthy picks up the ball about 30-yards out and strikes a beauty towards goal, but it drifts just past the far post. He hasn't scored since February last year! That would have been some goal had it gone in.

Some of the crowd are heading for their half-time pie and pint already. The atmposhere has really died in the last few minutes!

The wind is taking its toll on the style of football after such a bright start to the game. As we head towards the break, both teams are looking to keep comtrol of the ball.

Arouna Kone fails to get any direction on the right-wing cross and the ball flies high and wide.

YELLOW CARD: James McArthur is booked for a late tackle on Stephane Sessegnon. The first card of the afternoon by Webb, who likes to generally keep his cards in his pocket. In his three matches to date he had shown 8 yellow cards and no reds. One today already though makes it 9!

The Black Cats have scored four goals from just six shots on target this season, with striker Steven Fletcher netting all four of his attempts on target.

It seems as if the in-form Fletcher has a dead leg. Sunderland won't want him coming off the field at this time because he's their main threat.

Arouna Kone, who scored against Fulham last week, looks to thread the ball through Titus Bramble's legs, but there was no power on the shot at all and Mignolet collects.

Steven Fletcher is currently down on the touchline and in need of some attention.

Wigan are pressing hight up the field and looking to win the ball back early.

A bit of keep ball from Sunderland until Larsson is penalised for barging into the back of Kone.

The Black Cats win another corner, which is well defended at the near post and this time it's a goal kick.

It's all about Seb Larsson at the moment, because his inswinger from the resulting corner is somehow headed wide of goal.

OFF THE LINE!! Well done Ivan Ramis as he keeps his eyes on the ball to clear Seb Larsson's delivery from hitting the back of the net.

Seconds later, Ivan Ramis concedes a soft free-kick out wide right and this is Larsson territory for a certain inswinger.

The ball is in a central position and about 25-yards from goal, but Seb Larsson struggles the lift the ball over the wall.

Have to agree with you Alisha. Especially after his two saves this afternoon. Meanwhile, your side have just won a free-kick in a very dangerous position as Adam Johnson is brought down.

Alisha Tweets: "Mignolet world class keeper no doubts about it."

Craig Gardner decides to have a go from 25-yards this time, but the ball swings away from goal and out for a goal kick.

The fans cheer this time as Howard Webb awards the home side a free-kick for a foul by Jean Beausejour.

Now Webb hands Wigan the free-kick on halfway as Jack Colback pulls Jordi Gomez down to the ground.

Figueroa was obviously thinking about doing another Stoke City, by trying to score from that kind of range.

Wigan have settled down well and Maynor Figueroa decides to smash a 40-yarder towards goal, but the ball is still flying high over the crossbar.

James McCarthy brings down Stephane Sessegnon, but referee Howard Webb opts against giving the free-kick which has incensed the home crowd.

That is two quite magnificent saves from the Belgian keeper so far this afternoon.

WHAT A SAVE!! A world class save from Simon Mignolet as the Black Cats' stopper somehow denies Arouna Kone from point-blank range. The Ivorian has his hands on his head in sheer disbelief.

Moments later the dangerous Larsson has a dig at goal from 25-yards, but the ball trickles along the ground and past the far post.

However, nothing comes of it as Seb Larsson's effort is blocked by the wall, which looked a lot closer than 10-yards.

Gary Caldwell is very unhappy with referee Howard Webb shouting a string of expletives at the man in black as Sunderland win a free-kick about 30-yards out.

Mike is back in touch on Twitter and he says: "Wigan r a tough side so I'm going for a draw AGAIN 2-2 Unfortunately."

At the other end, Jean Beausejour wins his side a soft free-kick after being put in a difficult position.

The inswinger from Jordi Gomez is poor and Sunderland clear their lines.

Maynor Figueroa hits a superb 60-yard pass, which Gomez controls, before he is felled.

The visitors are stretched as Sessegnon looks to break through a couple of challenges, but Maynor Figueroa remains calm and makes the clearance.

What a bright start to this game at the Stadium of Light and by the way these teams are going forward, I think we may just have a goal or two this afternoon fans.

SAVE! Wigan go up the other end of the pitch and James McCarthy is allowed to run right through the middle, but his low drive towards goal is superbly parried by the feet of Simon Mignolet.

Nervy goalkeeping from Wigan's Ali Al-Habsi as he gives the ball away with a poor clearance and then James McClean's cross is poorly delivered.

It's safe to say Stephane Sessegnon hasn't quite found the form of last season and you would have to agree with Mike's assessment.

The game is underway and let's hope for plenty of goals in this games. 14 goals in their past three previous encounters remember!

Mike Tweets: "As I Sunderland fan I believe we need to start playing 2 strikers and move sess to supporting role."

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The teams are on their way out and we're minutes away from kick-off at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are 6/5 to claim victory with @Skybet, who make Wigan 11/5 and the draw 12/5. The Black Cats' Steven Fletcher is favourite to bag the first goal for the hosts at 7/2 and is 25/1 to bag a hat-trick. Remember, Sunderland have scored four goals from just six shots on target this season, with Fletcher netting all four of his attempts on target. Stephane Sessegnon is 6/1. James McClean is 5/2 to score in 90 minutes while Adam Johnson is 8/1 to score first. Meanwhile, the Latics' Arouna Kone is 15/2 and Jordi Gomez is a 12/1 shout while Shaun Maloney is 7/2 score to score in 90 minutes this afternoon. Sunderland are still seeking their first win of the season, while Wigan are looking to get back on track, but I'm hedging my bets on the home side this afternoon and a comfortable 3-1 win at 16/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

Marcus from Leamington Spa says: "Sunderland will hit the net 4 times with Fletcher getting a hat-trick. 4-0 the score."

I have to say, it's a bit odd seeing both Mauro Boselli and Franco Di Santo both on the bench for Wigan. Boselli was in red hot form in midweek at West Ham while Di Santo has scored a 90th minute goal in each of his last two visits to the Stadium of Light. But, maybe that's part of the masterplan!!

Adam Johnson returns to the Sunderland starting line-up after passing a late fitness test. The England winger, who was sent for further scans on his thigh after a late cameo appearance as a substitute in the Capital One Cup victory at MK Dons, is the only change to the side which ran out at West Ham last week with suspended skipper Lee Cattermole making way. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez names 10 of the men who started last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Fulham, with James McArthur replacing Ben Watson.

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

SUBSTITUTES: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Gomez, Maloney.

SUBSTITUTES: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.

REFEREE: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

Here come the teams...

Gabriel emails me to give his predictions head of the game: "Under Martinez's guidance, I'm sure Wigan will stay up this season but Sunderland will hope to get the points today. None of their four draws so far this season have been bad results and with Fletcher firing, I think that first win is coming. Wigan don't seem to get going until March time anyway. 2-1 the Black Cats."

Past meetings: Wigan 1 (Rodallega) Sunderland 4 (Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Vaughan), Premier League, January 2012. Sunderland 1 (Larsson) Wigan 2 (Gomez, Di Santo), Premier League, November 2011.

Reid is on his way to the match today. He Tweets: "Sun shining, traffic on the way here, seems like its going to be a great game with a great atmosphere, 2-0 safc." Enjoy the game!

Varun is the first to Tweet me today and he says: "They (Sunderland) must try out at their best...if that ain't the case...wait for the next fixture.. Man city...Doomed...!"

Roberto Martinez faces a selection dilemma after promising to reward players who impressed in the Capital One Cup thrashing of West Ham with starting berths. Martinez's men won 4-1 at Upton Park, with forward Mauro Boselli netting a brace in his first competitive start since returning from a loan spell at Argentine club Estudiantes. Sunderland, meanwhile, recorded a 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at MK Dons and they have doubts over Adam Johnson and Seb Larsson.

Both teams are level on four points in the Premier League, with Sunderland in 12th on the back of four consecutive draws. Wigan, however, have slipped to 15th following losses to Manchester United and Fulham in their last two outings.

Wigan are looking to end their own long wait for three points this season after defeating Southampton at the back end of August. They beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last season, a result that led to the sacking of Steve Bruce. I wonder what would happen to Mr O'Neill should the Latics can record an upset today? Get in touch Wigan fans. Can your boys pull off a shock at the Stadium of Light?

Martin O'Neill has not enjoyed a league victory since March, a run of 12 games, his longest as a manager. The pressure will be on this afternoon!

Sunderland have made a four game unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign. Three away from home is encouraging. However, they have drawn all of them and are seeking to record their first win of the season. Do you think they can do it Sunderland fans? Send me your views.

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