A preview of the visit of local rivals Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers
Sky Bet Championship
Sunday 15 December 2013, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium, Wigan
Tickets for this huge derby match are available on the day from 10 am and up until kick off from the stadium ticket office to home supporters only who have a previous purchasing history.
Wigan Athletic come into this fixture off the back off six straight defeats and after a defeat in Slovenia that confirmed they would not be in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League in Switzerland on Monday.
Despite the defeat in Maribor, everything about the performance was positive. Latics played with style and flare and were fully in control of the fixture until the Polish referee decided to make his mark on the game by awarding Maribor a penalty for a very harsh hand ball by Chris McCann. To add insult to injury the referee then reached for a yellow card which meant McCann played no further part in the game having already picked up a first yellow for an innocuous challenge earlier in the half.
The form guide would suggest Bolton have this one in the bag but this is local derby and anything can happen. Plus if Thursday night's performance in Slovenia is anything to go by, Uwe Rosler will have Wigan Athletic playing an altogether different type of football than has been recent in recent league games.
Will Keane and Ivan Ramis will again be available for selection, both were ineligible for the midweek trip to Slovenia as they weren't named in the original European squad. Grant Holt could return to the starting line up after being rested for the Europa League game. Shaun Maloney is the only long term injury. Gary Caldwell and Ali Al Habsi are back in light training.
Dougie Freedman has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash, with both Mark Davies and Josh Vela in contention to feature having each enjoyed lengthy run outs for the club’s Under 21 side in recent weeks.
Bolton will however be without the services of long term absentees Stuart Holden, Marc Tierney, Adam Bogdan and Joe Riley as they continue their rehabilitation from their respective injuries.
Head to Head
It's a tight head to head between Latics and Boton but Wigan Athletic have the edge with 12 league wins to Bolton's 11. See our full head to head by [clicking here].
Last Six Meetings
The last six meetings between the two sides have produced three draw and low scoring affairs. Only twice has either team managed to net more than one goal.
The most recent meeting was in February 2012 in the Premier League when James McArthur's 76th minute winner sealed all three points for Latics in a 2-1 victory.
Sat 11 Feb 2012 - Premier League - Bolton 1 Latics 2
Sat 15 Oct 2011 - Premier League - Latics 1 Bolton 3
Wed 16 Feb 2011 - FA Cup - Latics 0 Bolton 1
Sat 29 Jan 2011 - FA Cup - Bolton 0 Latics 0
Wed 05 Jan 2011 - Premier League - Bolton 1 Latics 1
Sat 23 Oct 2010 - Premier League - Latics 1 Bolton 1
Wigan Athletic (P6, W0, D0, L6)
Thu 12 Dec 2013 - Europa League - NK Maribor (A) L2-1
Sat 07 Dec 2013 - Championship - Millwall (A) 2-1
Wed 04 Dec 2013 - Championship - Leeds (A) - L2-0
Sun 01 Dec 2013 - Championship - Derby (H) - L1-3
Thu 28 Nov 2013 - Europa League - Zulte Waregem (H) L1-2
Sat 23 Nov 2013 - Championship - Brighton (H) - L0-1
Bolton Wanders (P6, W 4, D0, L2)
Sat 07 Dec 2013 - Championship - Doncaster (H) W3-0
Tue 03 Dec 2013 - Championship - Huddersfield (H) L0-1
Sat 30 Nov 2013 - Championship - Middlesbrough (A) L1-0
Sat 23 Nov 2013 - Championship - Watford (A) W0-1
Sat 09 Nov 2013 - Championship - Millwall (H) W3-1
Sat 02 Nov 2013 - Championship - Bournemouth (A) W0-2
Last League Line ups
Bolton (v Doncaster [H] W3-0): A Lonergan, M Mills, A Baptiste, K McNaughton, T Ream, D Pratley yellow card (Medo, 84), C Eagles (N Danns, 70), A Moritz (R Hall, 86), J Spearing, Chung-Yong Lee, J Mason
Subs not used: A Lee-Barrett, D Ngog, Z Knight, J Beckford
Wigan Athletic: (v Milwall [A] L2-1): S Carson, L Barnett, I Ramis, E Boyce (R Shotton, 77), S Crainey yellow card (R Espinoza, 81), B Watson, C McCann, J McArthur, J McClean, G Holt, N Powell (C McManaman, 54)
Subs not used: J Perch, L Nicholls, W Keane, J Gomez
Referee: KEVIN FRIEND
The Leicestershire based official takes charge of only his second Championship game of the season, normally operating the Premier League. So far this season he's handed out 39 yellow cards and one red - that was to Sunderland's Wes Brown.
His last Wigan Athletic game was the 3-2 home defeat to Swansea towards the end of last season. Previous to that he refereed our 3-0 win at Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final, a 3-0 win at Aston Villa, our 3-0 defeat at Liverpool and our 2-2 home draw with Everton.
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry and Anthony Tankard
Fourth Official: Darren Drysdale