Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs MK Dons

Michael Steele

The defense of the FA Cup starts here. Much like last season we face a League One team at home, is that a good omen for another Cup run? Time to see what Uwe Rosler can do with a few of our fringe players and younger lads.

This game really is coming at the wrong time for Latics. Undeafeted in the League under Uwe Rosler we want to keep the momentum going. The new manager is defiantly pulling the club in the right direction and this Cup game is a slight un-welcome distraction. It does however allow us to rest players, and give injured players extra-time to recover.

Both Ben Watson and Ivan Ramis are out injured so will miss the game. Giving them an extra week to recover in time for Bournemouth at home game. We will also be without the impress Rob Kiernan, who has looked fantastic since breaking into the first team, unfortunately the player is cup tied.

Frazer Fyvie and Nouah Dicko I would expect to get the nod today ahead of James McArthur and Nick Powell; both of whom have been used exhaustively by Uwe Rosler. Our injury list otherwise means we are at breaking point in other positions.

MK Dons though come with more or less a clean bill of health. There three loan stars of Patrick Bamford, Jason Banton and Dale Jennings are all likely not to feature. Both Banton and Jennings have returned to their parent clubs and there is some doubt as to whether or not Bamford will play due to his next loan out to Derby from Monday.

Karl Jennings other worry comes in the form of former Manchester United man Luke Chadwich who will have a late fitness test ahead of the game.

Patrick Bamford not playing would be fantastic news for Latics. The striker this season had hit 16 goals for MK Dons and has been on top for for the mid-table side. The player has been tipped to go a long way in the game as he starts to build a reputation for himself in the English game.

Its 11th against 11th then today as we battle it out to make it into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Keep the Faith!

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