Everton has had a good start to the English Premier League season, but it needs to continue its great play into the holiday season to stay near the top of the table.
The club is currently tied with three other teams for fourth place in the league, only separated by goal differential.
However, Wigan Athletic is much better than its record indicates. The talented squad is certain to give Everton a challenge on Wednesday, regardless of where the game is being played.
Here is what you need to know about this EPL battle.
When: December 26 at 10 a.m. ET
Where: Goodison Park, England
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2 Go
Players to Watch
Nikica Jelavic, Everton
With Marouane Fellaini suspended, someone will need to step up on the offensive side of the field.
As a result, Nikica Jelavic will have to be the one that carries the load for this club.
The Croatian is second on the team with six league goals, but he has put only one in the back of the net in the last seven contests.
He needs to get back on a role or his time with Everton will be cut short.
Tim Howard, Everton
It has been a long time since Tim Howard has put together a clean sheet. In fact, September 22 was the last time Everton was able to keep the opposing team off the scoreboard.
This 14-match stretch is pretty embarrassing for one of the top teams in the EPL.
However, the American keeper has a lot of talent and the instincts to continue to be successful. He needs to get back on track against a squad that has been shutout in four of the last seven league matches.
Arouna Kone, Wigan
Although Arouna Kone proved his goal-scoring ability in La Liga last year, he has not been able to find the back of the net this season.
The Ivorian scored 15 goals for Levante a year ago. This season, he only has four in 17 league games.
Still, he is getting plenty of opportunities with the offense running through him. Eventually, more of his large number of shots will start going in. Hopefully for Wigan, that happens sooner than later.
Emmerson Boyce, Wigan
Although Wigan's defense has had some problems keeping opponents off the scoreboard this season, Emmerson Boyce is one of the few things keeping the unit together.
The veteran is one of only two players on the club to start every league game and his steady presence has been useful through this tough year.
His ability to play solid defense without committing a lot of fouls will be valuable against the impressive Everton attack.
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