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14 March 2014

Latics head to Portman Road in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday

Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 15 March 2014, kick off 3.00pm
Portman Road

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic will play their third game in six days at Portman Road this Saturday where Uwe Rosler’s side go in search of their eighth consecutive victory in all competitions.

Last Sunday’s famous win over Manchester City in the FA Cup with Budweiser was followed by an equally tough encounter with Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium on Wednesday night, where it took a late penalty that was coolly slotted away by Jordi Gomez to keep Latics’ winning streak on track.  Saturday’s opponents Ipswich Town will also provide another stern test for Uwe Rosler's men.

Mick McCarthy’s team sit two places and four points behind Latics in the Sky Bet Championship table and will be quietly harbouring play off hopes of their own.

McCarthy could name an unchanged Ipswich side but Frank Nouble may miss out with a hamstring problem, while Anthony Wordsworth (back) and David McGoldrick (knee) will watch from the sidelines.

Wigan will be without the service of Roger Espinoza who has undergone a hernia operation this week, a further blow to the midfield following the injuries to Ben Watson and Chris McCann.  Nick Powell could be pushing for a starting place after coming on from the bench in Wednesday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Head to Head

This will be only the ninth competitive match between the two sides, Latics have won five to Ipswich’s two wins. [Click here] for our full head to head record.

Form Guide

Ipswich Town (P6, W2, D2, L2)
Tue 11 Mar – Championship – Yeovil Town (A) – W0-1
Sat 08 Mar – Championship – Middlesbrough (A) – L2-0
Sat 01 Mar – Championship – Birmingham (H) – W1-0
Sat 22 Feb – Championship – Leicester (A) – L3-0
Sat 15 Feb – Championship – Blackpool (H) – D0-0
Sat 08 Feb – Championship – Barnsley (A) – D2-2

Wigan Athletic (P6, W6, D0, L0)
We 12 Mar – Championship – Sheff Wed (H) – W1-0
Sun 09 Mar – FA Cup – Man City (A) – W1-2
Sat 01 Mar – Championship – Nottm Forest (A) – W1-4
Sat 22 Feb – Championship – Brighton (A) – W1-2
Tue 18 Feb – Championship – Barnlsey (H) – W2-0
Sat 15 Feb – FA Cup – Cardiff City (A) – W1-2

Last League Line Ups

Ipswich Town (v Yeovil Town [A] W0-1): D Gerken, L Chambers, C Berra, T Smith, A Cresswell, C Skuse, P Anderson (P Green, 85), L Hyam yellow card, S Hunt yellow card (J Williams, 62), D Murphy, S Ebanks-Blake (T Mings, 66).
Subs not used: P Taylor, J Tabb, F Richardson, S Loach.

Wigan Athletic (v Sheff Wed [H] W1-0): A Al Habsi yellow card, L Barnett, J Perch, E Boyce, J Beausejour, J Gomez yellow card, J McArthur (C McManaman, 54), R Tunnicliffe, N Maynard, M Waghorn (N Powell, 54), J McClean (M Fortune, 72).
Subs not used: S Carson, J McEachran, S Crainey, I Ramis.

Match Officials

Referee - David Coote
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Robert Whitton
Fourth Official - David Rock
Assessor - Colin Hills

Everybody Else

Bolton v Brighton
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Burnley v Leeds
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Leicester v Blackpool
Millwall v Charlton
Nottm Forest v Doncaster
QPR v Yeovil
Reading v Derby
Sheff Wed v Birmingham
Watford v Barnsley

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