Latics v Yeovil - Big Game Preview
Uwe Rösler will face a selection headache, Leon Barnett is side-lined with a hamstring strain, does he bring in Rob Kiernan as a straight replacement or shuffle his back line around? With the team on their eight game winning run the Latics boss will be determined to get his selection spot on so that we have the best chance to build on that fantastic sequence.
Yeovil are scrapping for their Championship lives and will give a stern test, but we need to put the pressure on those around us in the table and, on paper at least, this is a game that we should be looking to get maximum points from.
Gary Johnson has received plaudits of late for how his team have pushed their rivals all the way, though they have lost their last two games, so take nothing for granted will be the message tonight.
A good game to look forward to and hopefully a win to put us five points ahead of 7th placed Reading with a game in hand.
What The Bosses Say:
Latics boss Uwe Rösler:
'Yeovil are a good team, make no mistake. They are battling for their lives and they will be up for this one.
'They have a collective unity and team spirit that will keep them fighting for each other and it is up to us to be positive from the first whistle.'
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson:
'We are going there for that (challenge) and it is something that we're looking forward to.
'I was a bit disappointed about the nature of the result against QPR. Hopefully we can do something about it at Wigan, but being realistic, we know we're going up there to play a top team.
'If we don't know that, or if we're anywhere below our best, then you lose the three points.'
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Leon Barnett limped out of the action on Saturday adding to the injury woe to key players. Chris McCann, Ben Watson and Roger Espinoza already side-lined, Shuan Maloney and Gary Caldwell not ready for a return after lengthy lay-offs
Latics possible - Al Habsi, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, McArthur, Tunnicliffe, Gomez, Waghorn, McClean, Maynard
Player to watch: James McClean
McClean is in electric form at the moment
McClean scoring his second goal at Ipswich on Saturday
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Yeovil Town Team News:
Joe Ralls returns after a three game ban, Liam Davies is definitely out whilst Ruben Palazuelos is a doubt
Yeovil from - Stech, McAllister, Morgan, Webster, Duffy, Ayling, Holmes, Dawson, Lawrence, Lanzoni, Edwards, Miller, Hayter, Ofori-Twumasi, Hoskins, Dunn, Moore, Ralls, Palazuelos
Player to watch: Ishmael Miller
Powerful striker and leading scorer for the Glovers, ex Manchester City and West Brom man
Latics and Yeovil Town have just the one meeting in competitive football, that came earlier this season on the 10th November when a late Marc-Antoine Fortune goal gave us our first away win and first away goal since the opening game of the season on 3rd August.
The teams that day were:
Yeovil Town - Hennessey, Ayling, McAllister, Edwards, Webster, Dawson (Davis 82), Foley (Hoskins 82), Duffy, Madden, Ralls, Grant
Unused subs - Dunn, Hayter, Moore, Fontaine, Twumasi
Latics - Nicholls, Boyce, Barnett, Shotton, Perch, McCann, Watson, Powell, McManaman (Holt 76), Albrighton (Espinoza 84), Fortune (McArthur 89)
Unused subs - Pollitt, Crainey, Rogne, Gomez
Recent Form Last Six Championship Games:
Last Six Championship Games
Latics - won 6, for 15, against 3, points 18:
Ipswich Town (a) 1-3
Sheffield Wednesday (h) 1-0
Nottingham Forest (a) 1-4
Brighton and Hove Albion (a) 1-2
Barnsley (h) 2-0
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-3
Yeovil Town - won 2, drawn 2, lost 2, for 4, against 5, points 8
QPR (a) 3-0
Ipswich (h) 0-1
Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-0
Reading (a) 1-1
Doncaster (h) 1-0
Watford (h) 0-0
Andy D'Urso (Essex)
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Andy D'Urso Card Watch 2013/14
Games - 28, yellows - 80, reds - 8
Head says very nervy Latics win, 1-0
Heart says a comfortable 2-0 Latics win
Latics v Watford
QPR v Latics