Latics kick off March at the DW Stadium in a bid to make it five games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough.
- Latics host Tony Pulis' Boro aiming to stretch their unbeaten run to five matches.
- Almost a clean bill of health for Paul Cook's squad.
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SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2019
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It's a third straight home fixture for Latics when they take on Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, aiming to make it five matches unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship following a 2-1 victory against Queens Park Rangers and draws against Rotherham United, Stoke City and Ipswich Town.
Joe Garner's late equaliser against the Tractor Boys last weekend has Latics 19th in th Championship table on 35 points, five points above the relegation zone and six points behind Stoke in 18th, still with a game in hand against Derby County to come next Tuesday.
Middlesbrough sit fifth in the Championship on 57 points, seven from the automatic promotion places and nine behind league leaders Norwich City.
Tony Pulis' side recorded back-to-back victories at the end of February, 1-0 away at Blackburn Rovers and 2-0 at home against QPR.
Referee - Stephen Martin
Assistant Referee 1 - Nick Greenalgh
Assistant Referee 2 - James Mainwaring
Fourth Official - Scott Duncan
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Latics are close to having a clean bill of health for the second week running, giving Paul Cook difficult decisions to make with his match day squad.
Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning, the manager said:
"We have one or two minor issues, but they're something of nothing and I'd rather focus on the healthy number of options we have.
"We're looking the strongest we've looked since the early stages of the season and given we're unbeaten in four matches, we're set up well for a really busy month in March."
Should Nick Powell feature, he'll move up a place in our 100 Club, jumping above Ben Watson into 60th on the list of top appearance holders since 1978 on 112.
Samy Morsy will also jump up two spots. Should he play, Morsy will be making his 102nd league appearance since joining in January 2016, moving him into 69th on the list above Dan Burn and Stuart Balmer and one behind iFollow Latics co-commentator Tommy Gore.
Tony Pulis has had a couple of injury concerns in recent weeks, with club captain George Friend missing last weekend's 2-0 win against QPR and Aden Flint missing the home victory due to a hamstring complaint.
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