Latics prepare for the long trip to Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Wigan Athletic travel to Ipswich Town for game-week 22.
- Latics aiming to build on last away outing at Bolton Wanderers.
- The Tractor Boys have one just one game all season.
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2018
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Paul Cook's men drew their last away game 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers and after ending a losing streak away from the DW, 16th place Latics are looking to end the winless run at Ipswich Town.
The Tractor Boys start the day rock bottom of the Sky Bet Championship with just one win from 21 outings and 11 points.
Paul Lambert's side come into the game off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City last Saturday, with their last and only win coming back at the start of October 3-2 away at Swansea City.
Referee - Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 - Sam Lewis
Assistant Referee 2 - Michael George
Fourth Official - Keith Stroud
It's a close fought contest between Latics and Ipswich in league meetings, all of which have been in the second tier of English football.
Latics' overall record, including three meetings in the League Cup, stands at six victories, two draws and five defeats.
Our first league meetings came back in August 2003 when a single Nathan Ellington goal provided a 1-0 victory for Paul Jewell's side, this was followed up by a 3-1 win in our first league trip to Portman Road the following February, with the Duke once again on the score sheet, alongside Jason Roberts and Gary Teale.
Ellington is our leading scorer against the Tractor Boys, adding a goal in a 1-0 win in March 2005 to make it three in total. James McClean and Yanic Wildschut both scored braces against Ipswich in more recent times.
Latics have secured two doubles over Ipswich in the five separate seasons the two teams have faced off, winning 1-0 and 3-1 in 2003/2004 and 2-0 and 3-1 ten years later in 2013/2013, with current Latics talisman Nick Powell amongst the scorers that season.
Our biggest victory against the Tractor Boys came back in a 2008 League Cup meeting, with Lee Cattermole, Olivier Kapo, Paul Scharner and Henri Camara on target in a 4-1 win. Jon Walters was on target for Ipswich that day, with current Latics defender Alex Bruce in the same side.
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking on iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Thursday morning, Paul Cook shared some early team news ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship visit to Ipswich Town on Saturday.
With winger Gavin Massey returning from a long-term hamstring injury in a midweek Development Squad match at Sheffield United, Cook said there's light at the end of the tunnel for a number of Latics' concerns.
"We've got to be careful with Gavin," Cook began.
"He's been out for some time now, but he's a strong lad and has always been one of our fittest players, so his early return comes as no suprise.
"He played 45 minutes on Tuesday and he'll be on included on the bench for Ipswich that's for sure.
"We've had more encouraging news as well this week with Michael Jacobs back out on the grass and Chey Dunkley making good progress from his knee injury, but Antonee Robinson is going to be out until February."
With Kal Naismith suspended following his red card against Derby County last weekend, it leaves questions in Latics' left back position, but Cook remains positive:
"Kal came in after Antonee's injury and has done a smashing job. It's unfortunate for him to be suspended, but that's what squads are for and we'll adapt to the situation like we did last Saturday against Derby."
Nick Powell also remains out and is set to miss Latics' festive fixture period with a hamstring problem.
Shaun MacDonald, Alex Bruce and Leo Da Silva Lopes all featured in this week's Development Squad friendly, with the latter scoring in a 3-1 defeat against an experienced Sheffield United side.
Paul Lambert's troubles deepened slightly this week with consistent midfielder Cole Skuse ruled out with a knee injury which required surgery, but the 32-year-old is said to be making better progress than first thought.
18-year-old Jack Lankester has been a recent inclusion, starting the last two matches alongside joint-leading goal scorer Freddie Sears.
The Tractor Boys switched goalkeepers for their 2-0 defeat at Stoke City last weekend, with Dean Gerken in for Bart Bialkowski who was rested.
FAB FOUR - LATICS ON THE ROAD AT IPSWICH
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