Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action, aiming to make it four games unbeaten when Ipswich Town visit the DW Stadium this Saturday.
- Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town.
- Latics host Paul Lambert's Tractor Boys in a bid to extend the current unbeaten run to four matches.
- A clean bill of health for Paul Cook's squad, with Danny Fox returning.
WIGAN ATHLETIC V IPSWICH TOWN
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2019
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Latics arrived back on home soil from a mid-season training trip to Dubai earlier this week, preparing to host Ipswich Town at the DW Stadium in the latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.
A re-arranged match against Derby County allowed Latics the time to recover and continue to build in the Middle-East heat, travelling out with a three-game unbeaten run in tact thanks to a 0-0 draw against Stoke City on the Wednesday night.
With Latics not featuring in last weekend's action, Paul Cook's side are now 20th on 34 points, five clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.
Paul Lambert, who is banned from the touchline following an incident in the East Anglia derby against Norwich City, will be hoping his Ipswich side can close the gap on Bolton Wanderers to just three points, with the Tractor Boys bottom of the Championship table on 20 points.
A spirited and late 1-1 draw at home to Stoke will help boost Ipswich's cause after former Latics loanee Will Keane cancelled out former Latics winger James McClean's opener for the Potters last Saturday.
Referee - Lee Probert
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Beck
Assistant Referee 2 - Andrew Garratt
Fourth Official - Robert Jones
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Latics arrive back home at the DW Stadium with a clean bill of health following the warm-weather training trip to Dubai last weekend, with Danny Fox now back available after sitting out the Stoke City match and full training due to the concussion he suffered in Latics' 1-1 draw away at Rotherham United.
A full squad to choose from leaves Paul Cook with a positive selection headache, with one man in particular determined to keep hold of a starting place as Michael Jacobs aims to make his 150th appearance for Latics in all competitions.
Paul Lambert's touchline ban has added to Ipswich's recent woes, with a number of first team players out with long term injuries.
Former Latics midfielder Emyr Huws (knee), Tom Adeyemi (achilles), Grant Ward (ACL), Freddie Sears (ACL) and Jack Lankester (back) are all on the sidelines.
Lambert is hopeful of returns for James Collins (hamstring) and captain Luke Chambers (foot), with Collins missing the last four matches and Chambers out of the previous two.
Illness struck the Ipswich camp recently, with Flynn Downes missing recently but now doing better, whilst Cole Skuse made the bench last weekend against Stoke City after recovering from the same virus.
Ellis Harrison is also being monitored following a hamstring complaint.
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