Wigan take on Fulham on Saturday in a crucial relegation six-pointer at the DW Stadium. The Latics sit second from bottom of the table with 21 points from 21 games, while the Cottagers are one point - but five places - ahead. Just two points cover the bottom seven sides and both Roberto Martinez and Mark Hughes will be targeting victory to pull away from trouble.
Both sides go into the game on the back of two-match unbeaten runs, including a win in the FA Cup last time out - the Latics edged Hull City 3-2, while Fulham thrashed Peterborough 6-2.
While the Cottagers have only won once away in the league this term, Hughes' side will take heart from Wigan's poor home record, as Martinez's team have only tasted victory twice in the league at the DW Stadium this term. This is the worst record in the division and Martinez - who knows home form is crucial to any team's chances of staying in the league - will be desperate to rectify this statistic.
But history is not on his side and Wigan have not beaten Fulham in eight attempts since a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage in October 2006. However, history is also not in Fulham's favour as the Cottagers have not won at Wigan since September 1992, with the last four games ending in draws.
Scontate le tre giornate di squalifica, Charles N'Zogbia è pronto a fare il suo rientro in formazione. Il francese prenderà il posto di Cleverley, infortunatosi contro l'Hull City e costretto ad uno stop di un mese. Tra i pali è previsto il rientro di Al-Habsi; mentre Diame preme per un posto da titolare in virtù della doppietta realizzata sabato contro la squadra di Pearson.
Possible starting XI :
Al Habsi - Gohouri, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa - Thomas - Stam, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia - Rodallega
Dopo nove settimane di assenza, il belga Moussa Dembele dovrebbe fare il suo ritorno tra i convocati stando alle parole rilasciate da Hughes in conferenza stampa: “Mousa Dembele’s had two or three sessions this week so he’s an option for us as well." Da valutare o meno il rientro di Andy Johnson; mentre il neo acquisto Sidwell spera di fare il suo esordio in maglia Cottagers al fianco di Murphy in mediana.
Possible starting XI :
Stockdale - Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird - S Davies, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff - Dempsey - Kamara