Wigan Athletic prepare for the visit of Queens Park Rangers to the DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic v QPR
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 30 October 2013, kick off 7.45pm
Being one of two games in hand over most other teams makes this a crucial match for Owen Coyle's team as they look to claw themselves back among the leaders for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Hotly tipped as one of the promotion favourites at the start of the season, Queens Park Rangers will provide a good marker for the manager to see where his side are.
Despite conceding two goals in each of the last two games, Rangers still boast the tightest defence in the Football League (with just six goals shipped), and an unrivalled total of eight clean sheets - all accrued in a club record sequence between 17 August and 5 October.
A win for Wigan Athletic would see them leapfrog Ipswich, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Leeds and Saturday's opponents Huddersfield in the league table to sit in ninth position while a ninth league win of the season would see the third-placed Hoops leapfrog Leicester, and climb to within two points of leaders Burnley
Tickets are still available for the game ands will continue to be available up until kick off from the West Stand ticket office at the DW Stadium.
Owen Coyle has been handed another injury blow with the news that Scott Carson will be out of action for a number of weeks with what now transpires to have been a badly twisted ankle. Carson, who has started every league game so far up to Charlton, limped of the field in the warm up giving Lee Nicholls the opportunity to make his league debut and Coyle says it will be the 21-year-old who will be between the sticks on Wednesday night.
Ivan Ramis played 90 minutes in a training ground friendly match on Tuesday afternoon as he steps up his bid for a return to first team action. Shaun Maloney, Gary Caldwell and Ali Al Habsi all remain sidelined.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton is suspended after picking up a fifth booking of the season in Saturday's defeat at Burnley.
Andy Johnson has recovered from a hamstring problem but fellow striker Bobby Zamora (knee) is unavailable.
Head to Head
The two sides have met a total on ten times with Latics winning two of those and QPR winning three with five draws. Last season both games were draws and in 201/12 the home side was victorious in both games. [Click here] to go to our head to head stats, then select QPR from the dropdown menu
Wigan Athletic (P6 W2, D2, L2)
Sun 27 Oct - Championship - Charlton (A) D0-0
Thu 24 Oct - Europa League - Rubin Kazan (H) D1-1
Sat 19 Oct - Championship - Blackpool (A) L1-0
Sun 06 Oct - Championship - Blackburn (H) W2-1
Thu 03 Oct - Europa League - NK Maribor (H) W3-1
Sat 28 Sep - Championship - Watford (A) L1-0
QPR (P6, W3, D2, L1)
Sat 26 Oct - Championship - Burnley (A) L2-0
Sat 19 Oct - Championship - Millwall (A) D2-2
Sat 05 Oct - Championship - Barnsley (H) W2-0
Sat 28 Sep - Championship - Middlesbrough (H) W2-0
Sat 21 Sep - Championship - Yeovil (A) W0-1
Wed 18 Sep - Championship - Brighton (H) D0-0
Last League Line Ups
Wigan Athletic (v Charlton [A] D0-0): L Nicholls, L Barnett, J Perch, E Boyce, T Rogne, B Watson (R Espinoza, 72), C McCann, J McArthur, J McClean (C McManaman, 66), N Powell, G Holt (M Fortune, 76)
Subs not used: J Beausejour, S Crainey, R Shotton, J Gomez.
Queens Park Rangers (v Burnley (A) L2-0): R Green, C Hill, R Dunne yellow card, B Assou-Ekotto, D Simpson yellow card, K Henry (J Jenas, 68), J Barton yellow card, N Kranjcar (M Phillips, 73), D Hoilett yellow card, G O'Neil (J Chevanton, 73), C Austin.
Subs not used: O Onyewu, B Murphy, A Faurlin, A Traore.
Referee - Michael Naylor
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referee 2 - Jason Tyas
Fourth Official - Bob Roberts
Assessor - George Cain