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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Brentford FC

One of the most anticipated games of the season as Uwe Rosler faces his former club, after all the controversy over the Adam Forshaw deal this one is going to be spicy. Throw in what is believed to be a large away following and this isn't your routine home game.

Jordan Mansfield

After two weeks without league football we are back! Hallelujah!! After what was defiantly a September to forget the team now has to begin to focus on the forth coming month and hopefully start pushing forward together as a team. If there was a game to do it, then well the visit of Brentford couldn't be timed better.

Uwe Rosler's former club, and Adam Forshaw, travel to the DW Stadium after adapting to life in the Championship extremely well. Currently in 10th with 17 points they are looking up and up, rather than us who are starting to worry about our low lying position. Yet in Championship football things can change in just a couple of games.

A behind closed door game against Rotherham apparently reaped rewards for the team, Rosler going on record saying that it was beneficial to see the players in match action that didn't go off to represent their countries. Those that did go shooting off around the world, have all come back safely; bar one.

Emyr Huws unfortunately sustained an ankle injury and pulled out of the Wales squad, there hasn't been any more news on the injury but you wouldn't expect him to return for this weekend's game. That could also be the case for Emmerson Boyce, the captain has been in a race to get fit over the international break. The news this week, that this weekend is too soon.

What does it mean for the line up today? Well I would expect to see Leon Barnett cover at centre back for Boyce, and Adam Forshaw to start against his old club. Sounds like something written for a TV show doesn't it?

So how about Brentford?

Well they more or less have a full strength squad to choose from ahead of today's game. Manger Mark Warburton hailed the influence of Uwe Rosler on the bees fortunes this week, but it was Warburton himself who provided that final piece to promotion last season.

They play some good football Brentford, and that leaves them weak at the back. They have managed to concede 16 goals this season, two more than us, and I would expect that is what we will hope to exploit this afternoon. Unleash James McClean and Callum McManaman down each flank.

We will have to watch Andy Gray, the bees frontman. Since his transfer over the summer from Luton Town the striker has bagged two goals and well proves to be a handful for championship defenders playing that central role. This is where a player like Leon Barnett comes in, someone who can match the opposition strikers physically and with pace.

This is going to be a tight game and well a fiery encounter. The best kind of game to blow away the international cobwebs and hopefully a Wigan win.