Despite Everton's impressive away record at Wigan, David Moyes is urging his team to be wary of the threat posed by Steve Bruce's side ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash. The Toffees have picked up seven points from their last three matches at the JJB Stadium and although Wigan are currently experiencing a dip in home form having neither won nor scored in their last three games, Moyes believes they cannot be underestimated. "You can't take anything for granted in this league and we will have to play well if we are going to come away with the points," Moyes said. "I think Wigan are a good side, I think they are strong and they work very hard. "I think Steve Bruce has got himself a good group of players and the game will be hard, it always is against Wigan and against Steve's teams. "They are a good footballing side, they have good players in the team and they also a strong side. "They have been a little bit unlucky so far this season, one or two things have gone against them and I see them as a side that will certainly be a Premier League team next season." Wigan manager Bruce has forged a reputation for unearthing talent from all corners of the globe. The most high-profile this season has been Amr Zaki, the 25-year-old Egyptian who is joint second top scorer in the Premier League in his debut season in England, and Moyes was glowing in his praise for Bruce's acquisitions. "They have some really exciting players in the team and it is a hard game with the squad of players they now have," Moyes added. "Antonio Valencia is a very good player as is [Wilson] Palacios and Zaki has also done very, very well. "They also have Emile Heskey so you have to say they have three or four really good exciting players." If Everton do manage to defeat Wigan, it will be the first time in over four years that they won three consecutive away matches having also recently defeated Bolton and West Ham on the road. Moyes insists that statistic is not a major motivation for his side but admitted it would be a huge help to Everton's ambitions to again finish in the top five. "How many clubs have won three away from home?" Moyes asked. "We had a decent away record last year and we have started well this year. It would be great if we do win because I don't think too many teams do that, possibly the big teams but after that it is a very hard thing to do. "Our away form has been good and we will need to keep working hard at it to keep that going." *PA Sport
- Fallatah’s double proves trouble for Al Ain
- Grafite saves a point for Al Ahli’s campaign
- Loss to Al Muharraq will not dent Al Shabab’s hopes
- Red Bull Salzburg are on a stampede in Europa League
- Southampton name Ralph Krueger – former coach of NHL’s Edmonton Oilers – chairman
- In pictures: World Cup 2014 nears as Brazil inaugurates Arena Amazonia
- Most Viewed
- Most Commented
- In pictures: Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo Fernandez with Real Madrid Under-19s
- ‘He’s a good diver’ says Wenger of Robben as Arsenal bow out
- Indian Premier League chairman: 16 matches in UAE this season
- Milan’s Seedorf promises ‘natural change in the side’ after fall to Atletico
- Alonso, Hamilton, Massa more ‘marketable’ than Vettel, according to report
- Most Viewed
- Most Commented
- Federal Traffic Council approves proposal to lower UAE driving age
- Men ripped off woman’s clothes in bathroom, Abu Dhabi court hears
- Ties no longer mandatory for Dubai cabbies amid safety concerns
- OSN blames rival for TV sport blackout in the UAE as fans will have to buy new set-top boxes
- Live blog: With the emergency workers at Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre
European Tour losing top players to PGA
European Tour gets hurt coming and going as players start to succeed, see dollar signs and then leave for the PGA Tour, writes Steve Elling.
Ailing Woods losing late-round form with Augusta looming
World No 1 Tiger Woods has completed just two starts in 2.5 months, and needs tournament competition to hone his game, but his back needs rest and rehab, writes Steve Elling.
Loss to Al Muharraq will not dent Al Shabab’s hopes
Al Muharraq defeated a disappointing Al Shabab 1-0 on Wednesday night to stay atop Group B and virtually assure themselves of a place in the quarter-finals of the Gulf Clubs Championships.
From show jumping to racing, Saudi rider will not let a black eye keep him from derby
National Hunt racing is a world away from the glittering action set to take place on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan Racecourse in just over two weeks.
Changes abound for new F1 season and for good reason
New qualifying rules are in place, penalties attached and drivers are asked to pick an official racing number they will use for the rest of their careers, writes Graham Caygill.
With some help, McLaren’s teenage driver Magnussen could rise quickly
Jenson Button could be an ideal complement to 19-year-old Kevin Magnussen as he makes his Formula One debut with McLaren-Mercedes, writes Graham Caygill.