Maconie champions Latics

Stuart Maconie. (s)

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LATICS fan and BBC 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie lost out to former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson in the BBC’s Premier League predictions game.

Each week a celebrity pits his or her wits against the former Republic of Ireland international and Match of the Day pundit as they try and predict the scores of the week’s games.

Stuart, who has written a series of travel books, including Pies and Prejudice, lost out by a single point, but did get six results right.

The former Worsley Mesnes resident championed his home team, Wigan Athletic to win last weekend’s game against Norwich, predicting the score of 2-0.

Latics did beat Norwich, but by 1-0.

The former BBC 2 broadcaster, who began watching Wigan at their old Springfield Park ground in the early 1970s, when they were in the Northern Premier League, remained confident Latics will survive their latest relegation battle in the Premier League.

He told Football Focus: “I think we will be safe, To use an old cliche, we are too good to go down.

“We play great football but sometimes we lack a killer instinct. Not only is Roberto Martinez a really good manager but I really like him as a bloke.”

Wigan take on Milwall at Wembley next Saturday.