Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday January 25 2013
Mark Lawrenson cast's his beady eye over this weekends FA cup 4th round fixtures, let's take a look at how he sees the Latics coping with a trip to Macclesfield:
Macclesfield v Wigan
Wigan have got a poor record against lower division clubs in the FA Cup - they squeezed past Bournemouth in a replay in round three, and they have lost to two League Two sides in the past three years, Swindon and Notts County.
But I think the Latics will avoid an upset here because they will be desperate for a win after such a bad run in the Premier League.
And the last thing Roberto Martinez needs on top of his problems in the league is to lose to a non-league side in the Cup.
Martinez needs to win a game so why put more pressure on yourself by fielding a weakened team? He has got a great relationship with his chairman Dave Whelan but he is not bullet-proof.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
Yep a 0-2 Latics win for me too
To see all Lawro's FA cup predictions visit www.bbc.co.uk/lawros-punts
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Date:Friday January 25 2013
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